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Diamond And Jewellery Blog | Poggenpoel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

The changing face of luxury shopping

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Oct 7, 2015 1:35:33 PM

 

On a recent business trip to the picturesque city of Boston I had the morning off and decided to hit the streets. I was amazed at how dead quiet all the stores were. Two hours in I couldn’t keep my curiosity at bay and started talking to shop staff running the higher end stores on Newbury Street. Every single piece of feedback was some variation of “people just prefer buying online these days”. I’m not talking about music and bookstores – they’re long gone. We’re talking high end clothing (Kate Spade, Ermenegildo Zegna, Ralph Lauren), grocers (niche and normal)… even bakeries. Businesses where you would bet your life people would prefer buying in-store. The frustration was obvious as commissioned in-store staff were merely running a showroom for the brand’s online store.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Custom Engagement Rings

Engagement Ring Prices - A Guide (2016 Edition)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on May 18, 2015 12:38:00 PM

 

 

The ever weakening South African Rand has caused engagement ring prices to increase quite a bit over the last few years. By “a bit” I mean they have pretty much doubled. Whatever your friend paid 5 years ago – you’ll be paying double that today.

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

Designing Your Own Engagement Ring

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Nov 13, 2014 10:02:00 AM

So you want to go the a la custom route? Good for you!

Custom work in the jewellery trade refers to designs and pieces that your chosen jeweller manufactures on a once-off basis. If it doesn’t come from off-the-shelf stock… it’s custom. There’s very little new and fresh in the world of engagement ring designs, so most custom designs are merely “inspired” by images/photos a customer provides, maybe with a few small changes. Copyright in the jewellery world is close to non-existent (and for very good reason). Designers have been reworking and recycling the same basic themes and ideas for many years. Finding the true source of 99.999% of designs is impossible. So please don’t feel bad about seeing a design online and having it manufactured for yourself. 

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Topics: Engagement Ring Design, Custom Engagement Rings