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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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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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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

Two Stunning Diamond Alternatives For Your Engagement Ring

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Oct 14, 2014 10:16:00 AM

Diamonds aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. We get that. For a wide variety of reasons, many engagement ring shoppers opt for precious gemstones other than diamonds every day. Setting the budget issue aside for a second, many folks (including my wife) genuinely prefer coloured gemstones to diamonds.

Diamonds are still viewed by many as the classic and traditional engagement ring gemstone, but there are strikingly stunning and practical alternatives that should definitely be considered if you aren’t dead-set on a diamond for your engagement ring. Most engagement rings that use gemstones other than diamonds for the main setting still use tiny diamonds as accents on the ring. This creates a stunning contrast that is favoured by many! 

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Diamonds, Gemstones

14 Amazing Facts About Diamonds

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 5, 2014 11:54:00 AM

I’m pretty sure you know that diamonds are the strongest naturally occurring mineral substance found on earth. You’re not here for vanilla flavoured facts, are you? Here are 14 facts about diamonds you might actually find fascinating:

  • Diamonds were first used for industrial applications due to the strength of the substance. The ancient Chinese used diamonds to polish ceremonial burial axes made from ruby in the late stone age. Today more than 80% of diamonds mined are still used for industrial purposes and not for jewellery.
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Topics: Diamonds