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Diamond And Jewellery Blog | Poggenpoel

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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The 4C’s Of Diamonds - 1 Carat Edition

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

 

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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 Chunky domed yellow gold rings have been replaced by delicate platinum and white gold rings.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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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

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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The 4C’s Of Diamonds - 2 Carat Edition

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

 

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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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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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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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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

Engagement Ring Shopping Tips From Professional Jewellery Consultants

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on May 27, 2015 4:01:00 PM

A few short nights ago I was stunlocked by a fascinating radio interview with a car salesman discussing car buying myths and tips. First lesson; take the bare amount of extras - they’re completely worthless when you resell the vehicle. Second lesson; when you’re seriously (like, really really) in buyer-mode negotiate prices during the last weekend of the month. Most car dealerships have tough targets to meet and usually only make their targets with last minute sales they push through by offering considerable discounts to end-of-the-month-last-minute-buyers. Be the last deal.  

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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