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Diamond And Jewellery Blog | Poggenpoel

Johan Poggenpoel

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45 Tips For The Perfect Oval Diamond (2019 Buying Guide)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Sep 16, 2019 12:33:00 PM

 

Have you seen how much oval diamonds have boomed over the past few months on social media

It’s been quite a ride! 

Designers seem to have been working in overdrive to create stunning and interesting engagement rings built around oval shaped centre stones. And they’ve done a great job.

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Topics: Diamonds, Oval Diamonds, Diamond Shapes, Fancy Diamond Shapes

The Price Of A 1,00ct Diamond Engagement Ring in South Africa (2019).

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jul 4, 2019 1:17:00 PM
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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Ring Advice

How To Design Your Own Engagement Ring (A Step-By-Step Guide)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jul 2, 2019 10:02:00 AM

Our front desk doorbell rang with it’s crude “trrrrr”.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Design, Custom Engagement Rings

Why Buying "Wholesale" Diamonds Is A Bad Idea.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jun 24, 2019 9:27:00 AM

Sam: “Good morning, I want to manufacture my ring with you, but can I source the diamond myself?”

OK.

Sourcing a diamond, at first glance, seems pretty straight forward.

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How To Design An Engagement Ring That Beats Wear & Tear.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jun 11, 2019 10:07:00 AM

Talking about wear and tear might not seem like fun... but do you know what's even less fun?

Seeing your precious engagement ring age in dog years.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Diamonds, Palladium, Gemstones, Custom Engagement Rings

The Ultimate 1 Page Diamond Buying Guide (2019 Edition)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on May 9, 2019 3:52:00 PM

 

Not everyone is willing to spend months researching diamonds before they pull the trigger. I completely get that. After she gives you the “yes” you’re probably done diamond shopping for a while.

Last night while finalising an updated version of our extremely well received “Buying A Diamond Like a Diamond Dealer” ebook I realised that the whole ebook (25 pages) could be condensed into a 1-pager. No intricate details, just recommendations drawing on decades of diamond industry knowledge. Challenge accepted.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Rings Advice, Diamonds

The World's 5 Most Popular Engagement Rings: April 2019 Edition

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Apr 30, 2019 10:43:11 AM

It’s that time again. We’ve scoured the social web and found the 5 most popular and trending themes in engagement ring designs during April 2019.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Engagement Ring Design, Custom Engagement Rings, Popular Engagement Rings

White Gold Vs. Platinum Vs. Palladium. A Very Unfair Fight. (2019)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Apr 2, 2019 2:54:00 PM

No one wants to wear, or give, an engagement ring that ages in dog years.

Longevity problems and issues with engagement rings can be caused by poor craftsmanship, but don’t negate the impact of a poor metal choice.

The engagement ring decorating her/your ring finger will be tagging along as the seasons and years fly by. Let’s make it a great, enjoyable journey that’s just as thrilling as those first few days after the proposal.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Palladium, metals

How To Buy The Best Round Diamond: Over 60 Useful Tips.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 4, 2019 4:16:23 PM

No boring history introduction here. We've got bigger things to do. 

You’re about to dig into what makes round diamonds a fantastic diamond shape choice for an engagement ring. I’ll help you understand how pricing works, and show you specification combinations that optimise your budget - whatever it is. We'll also talk about unique design opportunities a round diamond brings to the table. 

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Diamonds, Comparing Diamonds, Diamond Colours, Diamond Clarities

What Is Diamond Fluorescence? All the Pros and Cons Explained.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 1, 2019 10:49:26 AM

Welcome!

If you want your engagement ring to look amazing, it's important to ensure the main diamond is the star of the show and has all the brilliance and fire you would expect from a diamond. 

Fluorescence is a little-known diamond specification that can drastically alter the price and appearance of any diamond you cross paths with.

Mother nature rolled the dice and around 30% of diamonds emit some degree of fluorescent glow when exposed to concentrated UV light. It's random.

As you know there’s UV in sunlight, and although far from concentrated there is a small reaction with the UV light in natural sunlight.

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Topics: Diamond Investing, Diamond Buying, Diamonds, Comparing Diamonds, Versus, Diamond Colours, Diamond Clarities

How do G-Colour diamonds compare to H, and VVS-Clarity to VS?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jan 22, 2019 3:02:33 PM

Diamond colour grades change in unexpectedly tiny increments. 

Diamond colours range from D to Z, and as they trinkle down the alphabet the colour hue becomes more visibly prominent. Z is not a dark brown or yellow, yes, the colour is visible but far less pronounced than you would imagine. 

Internet diamond colour-sheets aren't accurate. Just see them as a visual parable to just show that colour intensifies as you slide down to Z on the colour scale. 

I can tell you right here before we sail off; G and H are white to any pair of eyes. You're better off focusing on some other characteristics like cut-grade and size when your in this boat. 

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Diamonds, Gemstones, Comparing Diamonds, Versus, Diamond Colours, Diamond Clarities

Everything You Need To Know About Engagement Ring Guarantees.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Apr 13, 2018 9:04:01 AM

 

What do you think is the single biggest complaint customers have in their dealings with jewellers? 

Quality issues.

With no runner-up in sight. 

Here's a typical scenario: You spent your hard earned money on an engagement ring, and somehow it has been damaged (bent, lost a diamond etc....) on your fiancee's hand without an apparent cause like a car accident.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Rings Advice, Engagement Ring Advice, Diamonds, Designer Brands, Custom Engagement Rings

The Engagement Ring Chat With Your “Obviously Hinting” Girlfriend.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 2, 2018 11:50:34 AM

 

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Topics: Engagement Rings Advice, Ring Sizes, Proposing, Engagement Ring Design, metals

The Engagement Ring Chat With Your “Surprise Me!” Girlfriend.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 27, 2018 5:28:50 PM

 

What and what not to include in engagement ring chats can be a bit blurry. This is part one of a blog series on engagement ring questions for “Surprise me”, “hands on” and “hinter” girlfriends. Keep an eye out for the next installments.

Girlfriends have a 6th sense when it comes to engagement ring activity.

You can be as stealthy as a grain of salt - she’ll know something’s up.

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Topics: Engagement Rings Advice, Ring Sizes, Proposing, Engagement Ring Design, metals

11 Ways To Ensure You’re Buying a HIGH Quality Diamond. (Including a Checklist)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jan 29, 2018 3:52:03 PM

 

You want your engagement ring to look absolutely amazing, and so do I. Whether you’ll be sliding it on someone’s finger, or the proud recipient - the quality of this significant piece of jewellery can’t be overstated.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Rings Advice, Engagement Ring Advice, Diamonds