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Diamond And Jewellery Blog | Poggenpoel

Everything You Need To Know About Engagement Ring Guarantees.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Apr 13, 2018 9:04:01 AM

 

What do you think is the single biggest complaint customers have in their dealings with jewellers? 

Quality issues.

With no runner-up in sight. 

Here's a typical scenario: You spent your hard earned money on an engagement ring, and somehow it has been damaged (bent, lost a diamond etc....) on your fiancee's hand without an apparent cause like a car accident.

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

11 Ways To Ensure You’re Buying a HIGH Quality Diamond. (Including a Checklist)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jan 29, 2018 3:52:03 PM

 

You want your engagement ring to look absolutely amazing, and so do I. Whether you’ll be sliding it on someone’s finger, or the proud recipient - the quality of this significant piece of jewellery can’t be overstated.

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

Optimising your R70 000 Diamond Engagement Ring Budget

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Oct 19, 2017 4:33:21 PM

This is a fantastic budget-range to optimise, and your extra effort will pay off surprisingly well.

Engagement rings simply look nicer when setting with a larger center diamond. That’s why most designs you’ll cross paths with on Instagram or Google Images will be set with diamonds up to 3,00ct in weight.

You’re in a range where most rings you see online can be stunningly well executed.

If you had R30 000 to work with, there would be limits and constraints in what we can do for you. For instance; intricate metal work needs space for a designer to work his magic. As you can imagine a larger diamond creates a much roomier area to incorporate elements you love.

Sneak Peak; It’s not overly ambitious to set your sights on a 1,00ct diamond in a platinum setting. You have a good shot at proposing with the perfect custom engagement ring.

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

What to expect during your visit to a Poggenpoel Studio

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Sep 27, 2017 4:38:28 PM

First of all, you’ll notice we’re not a store.

You’ll be strolling into a busy, but relaxed, studio with diamond consultants, jewellery designers and goldsmiths doing what they do best.

 We’ll offer you some coffee, worth saying yes to, and then you’ll be joined by a knowledgeable consultant and/or designer for a session.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Diamonds, 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

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 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

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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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 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 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 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

Not So Independent Diamond Grading Certificates

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 27, 2015 9:11:27 AM

Welcome to one of the touchiest subjects in the world of diamonds!

OK - lets do it…

Most engagement ring shoppers are first time diamond buyers with a very limited knowledge of diamonds. Although most buyers insist on only buying “certified diamonds” these days that’s pretty much where the checks and balances end. At the end of the day - everyone just wants a great deal… 

So, a customer buys a diamond ring from a jeweller and rests assured since he received a legitimate looking Post-it™ note sized “independent diamond grading certificate” with his purchase. 

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Topics: Diamond Investing, Diamond Buying, Diamonds