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Diamond And Jewellery Blog | Poggenpoel

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