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Diamond And Jewellery Blog | Poggenpoel

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

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 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