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Johan Poggenpoel

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

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 30, 2017 3:55:53 PM

 

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

Negotiating The Best Price On An Engagement Ring

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 27, 2017 3:38:22 PM

I bargain everywhere.

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

Top 20 Complaints About Traditional Jewellers in South Africa

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 3, 2017 1:35:17 PM

 

We just finished up our yearly Engagement Ring Shopper Survey. Participation was excellent, and we've found some interesting shifts in engagement ring shopping psychology. We do have a significant market share (especially in Pretoria) so to keep things objective I eliminated all submissions from email addresses we currently have on record. This includes leads and previous customers.

To ensure our service is top notch I spend about an hour per month on HelloPeter reading what customers of other jewellers are complaining about.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Rings Advice, Designer Brands, Engagement Ring Design

The Price Of A 1 Carat Diamond Ring In South Africa

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 23, 2017 1:00:00 PM

[August 2017 Update]

Every six weeks or so I reach out to other local jewellers to see how our engagement ring prices fare. Although we never market ourselves as the cheapest per se I’ve always been very confident that our prices are excellent. This time round the average saving was a staggering 19%.

Before we get to the juicy part - you can find our latest excellently priced 1,00ct diamond options HERE

For our 2,00ct market study click here

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Ring Advice

The Ultimate 1 Page Diamond Buying Guide (2017 Edition)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 17, 2017 12:11:58 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 Most Popular Engagement Ring Designs (Feb 2017)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 9, 2017 1:49:22 PM

 

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

The 4C's: Which Is Most Important?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 8, 2016 3:50:18 PM

When you're buying a diamond it's important to strike a balance between the 4C's; colour, clarity, cut and carat weight. Keep in mind that diamonds are scarce and you might run into situations where you have to pick one C over another;

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Topics: Diamond Investing, Diamond Buying, Diamonds

How To Choose The Right Engagement Ring Design

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on May 25, 2016 11:58:00 AM

 

A few short years ago choosing an engagement ring was a different (much easier) ballgame altogether.

You would have visited your local jewellery store and taken your pick from a dozen or two engagement rings. These days, thanks to the internet, and with special thanks to the Almighty Google Images and Pinterest you have access to literally millions of designs. You like halo designs? Great. Here are 100 000 ideas.

This gets very tricky very quickly.

So, how do you get en route to that perfect engagement ring design?

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice

Picking An Engagement Ring Without Your Girlfriend

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 31, 2016 4:14:50 PM

 


So, who picks the engagement ring design?

Dozens of global and local surveys have broken down survey answers to this loaded question into 3 rather equally sized brackets:

  • ⅓ of ladies wish to be deeply involved in the engagement ring buying process. This includes visiting jewellers as a couple, picking the perfect diamond and fine-tuning her dream design. (We’ll call this group “Hands On”)
  • ⅓ of ladies wish to be minimally involved by merely giving input on the style and design of the ring. You might find a folder full of designs on her phone/laptop and her friends will be briefed relatively well with her likes and dislikes. (These are the “Hinters”)
  • ⅓ of ladies wish to have close to zero involvement in the process. Most of these old-school types won’t even go so far as to help the gent with a ring size. You’re be in for some serious James Bond work, my friend. (“Surprise me”-type)
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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice

5 Morganite Engagement Ring Designs And Ideas You'll Love

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 26, 2016 11:10:09 AM

 

I’m sure you like morganite - but there will always be one soul who loved it more...

The famed banker JP Morgan loved it so much the gem was actually renamed from a lazy “pink beryl” to Morganite. Imagine that.

This gemstone’s accessible price and stunning appearance has made it a very popular diamond alternative for couples seeking larger and/or coloured stones to use in jewellery pieces such as engagement rings. Diamonds of a similar colour easily fetch hundred times more than their morganite counterparts. Morganite has made this very rare colour in diamonds accessible to a much broader market. Hooray!

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Topics: Gemstones

4 Hacks To Get WAY More Diamond For Your Money

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 19, 2016 12:54:17 PM

 

 

Diamond size matters. 

It's not just sales talk or an unnecessary burden laid on most men who go engagement ring shopping. 

Most jewellery designs really look much nicer with a larger diamond.

Some designs actually need a large diamond to work at all. A decent sized diamond is your first step to crafting a visually appealing engagement ring.

Luckily there are 4 simple hacks you use to optimise your diamond purchase in terms of size... without sacrificing on the colour and clarity appearance. 

Let's dig in.

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How Much Should You Spend On An Engagement Ring?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 10, 2016 12:25:00 PM

Pro-tip; she's marrying the man - not the ring. Ok, let’s proceed with that in mind. 

We hear the words "I don't how much I should spend on an engagement ring" close to every day at our Pretoria based studio. The awesome, short answer would be: whatever you feel comfortable with.

That's not really how these things work for most couples. Since many guys have no idea how much engagement rings cost - we'll gladly run over some basic ideas and rules-of-thumb when it comes to budgeting for an engagement ring.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice

How To Speak Engagement Ring (Infographic)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jan 13, 2016 4:09:19 PM
 
If you're having a hard time making sense of all the engagement ring jargon and lingo used in jewellery stores - fear not. I just found this awesome infographic on Philippa Lund's very spunky  Instagram. Enjoy. 
 
Remember to check out my comments below for some extra real-world information and tips. 
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Topics: Diamond Buying, Diamonds, Engagement Ring Design, Custom Engagement Rings

The 5 Safest Engagement Ring Designs If You’re Shopping Without Your Girlfriend

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Nov 11, 2015 9:50:53 AM

 

 

Although we always advise gentlemen to get some form of girlfriend involvement/input when purchasing an engagement ring I know some folks prefer to keep it a complete surprise. Erring on the side of caution doesn’t mean the ring has to be dull and boring. Over the years we’ve identified a few styles that 99% of the ladies are fond of. None of these invoke a love-hate reaction and all these styles have stood the test of time. If you’re on a rogue mission these would be our top 5 recommendations;

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Engagement Ring Design

The main reason guys fail the engagement ring exercise.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Oct 12, 2015 1:12:57 PM

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