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Johan Poggenpoel

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All Your Vintage Engagement Ring Questions Answered. (Interview)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Sep 20, 2017 1:22:53 PM

 

The two most popular engagement ring styles at this stage are simple solitaires… and intricate vintage designs. Polar opposites.

I nabbed our head of design and one of his team members for some good old feedback on common questions in the realm for vintage engagement ring design. Both have done stellar jobs at creating vintage designs over the past few months.

If you have any questions after this - get in touch. I’m sure these two would love to chat you through any further details.

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

How You Can Source The Perfect Diamond.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Sep 14, 2017 9:06:36 AM

Finding that special someone who you wish to share your journey with should never be taken for granted. You’re in a very fortunate position.

 Pairing up your proposal with the perfect engagement ring will upgrade that moment to a highlight of anyone’s life. And I’m sure that’s what you’re aiming for.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Ring Advice, Diamonds

5 Great Reasons To Choose A Solitaire Engagement Ring.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Sep 6, 2017 1:33:42 PM

Being in the diamond and jewellery trade for many years, I’ve grown to be sensitive to trends, both micro and large. And let me tell you solitaires are trending stronger than we’ve ever seen.

Being intrigued by this we’ve been having countless chats with visitors to understand why the classic solitaire is as appealing as it’s ever been in 2017.

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

Choosing A Custom Engagement Ring Design – Personal Style and Budget

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 17, 2017 12:51:25 PM

Personally, I’m a fanboy of custom engagement rings.

 Around 70% of the projects we undertake are customised designs of some sort, and if this number seems large - it is. We recommend our custom route every day of the week wholeheartedly.

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

The 4C’s Of Diamonds - 1 Carat Edition

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 14, 2017 2:51:02 PM

 

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Ring Advice, Diamonds

Lifestyle Considerations When Choosing An Engagement Ring: Comfort.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 7, 2017 4:46:49 PM

 

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Topics: Ring Sizes, Engagement Ring Advice, Custom Engagement Rings

Lifestyle Considerations When Choosing An Engagement Ring Design - Wear and Tear.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jul 28, 2017 4:59:46 PM

 

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

THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR ENGAGEMENT RING DESIGNS (July 2017)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jul 4, 2017 4:22:48 PM

Major shifts in the engagement ring world don’t come along every year.

Much like all other jewellery and fashion-items, there are seasonal changes, but a classy dress or suit you bought 2 years ago wouldn't be a fashion disaster in 2017.

Over the last 15 - 20 years the whole look of an engagement ring has changed dramatically. Chunky domed yellow gold rings have been replaced by delicate platinum and white gold rings.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Rings Advice, Engagement Ring Design, Custom Engagement Rings

Optimising your R100 000+ Diamond Engagement Ring Purchase

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jun 29, 2017 2:59:48 PM

“Optimising” or any derivative of the word isn’t widely associated with the luxury industry. Luxury goods, by definition, refer to non-essential products wealthy individuals buy with surplus income.

 After selling thousands of diamond engagement rings over the past decade I can promise you that more often than not an engagement ring is saved up for, and seen as very essential, mind you.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Rings Advice, Custom Engagement Rings

What’s the best time of year to buy a Diamond Engagement Ring?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jun 22, 2017 3:11:47 PM

 

(An extended version of our answer to an interview question we were asked by Beyond4Cs.com.)

Googling “when is the best time to buy a (whatever)” can save you a ton of money. Most industries have a time of year or month where they honestly discount prices for various sensible reasons.

Clothes are a great example. End of season sales often offer savings of well over 50%. Sure, the trends have changed quite a bit, but if you're blazer or shoe shopping, next season will probably be more of the same.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Diamonds

Which Diamond Shape Appears The Largest?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on May 31, 2017 4:28:54 PM

 

There’s no way around this; diamond size is a big deal.

Close to all engagement rings look considerably more visually pleasing when set with a larger diamond.

The internet, especially social media and Google Images search, has transformed the way couples approach the engagement ring browsing process.

These accessible technologies enable you to sift through millions of images, and cherry pick designs, or design themes, that all make up your perfect diamond engagement ring.

With over 70% of our work being custom designs; we’re emailed a ton of engagement ring photos every day.

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Topics: Diamond Investing, Diamond Buying, Diamonds, Custom Engagement Rings

Should Your Girlfriend Be Involved In The Engagement Ring Purchase?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on May 16, 2017 11:22:00 AM

 

According to her, yes.

In a recent survey close to 90% of women said they want to be involved in some way when her engagement ring is designed or selected. So, unless your girlfriend deliberately sent you on a solo mission, it’s time to start thinking about ways to get her in the loop.

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Topics: Engineers, Ring Sizes, Engagement Ring Advice

The World’s Most Popular Engagement Ring Designs (April 2017)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on May 5, 2017 4:08:25 PM

 

As things start cooling down swiftly in South Africa the Northern hemisphere is enjoying Springtime. It’s always a time of year when warmer jewellery colour combinations from the USA, Europe and major parts of Asia light up our screens on social media.

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

The Price Of A 2ct Diamond In South Africa

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Apr 19, 2017 3:12:57 PM

After a tremendously successful 2016 where we saw the amount of transactions we closed in the 2ct diamond engagement ring market skyrocket we actively started doing market research to check the levels of service and prices other jewellers were offering to the public and overseas buyers (tourists and international inquiries). We have an incredibly high conversion rate… but you can’t possibly land every single transaction in a specific range, can you? And if you do… why?

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

The 4C’s Of Diamonds - 2 Carat Edition

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Apr 13, 2017 3:30:34 PM

 

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Ring Advice, Diamonds