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Diamond And Jewellery Blog | Poggenpoel

Picking An Engagement Ring Without Your Girlfriend

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 31, 2016 4:14:50 PM

 


So, who picks the engagement ring design?

Dozens of global and local surveys have broken down survey answers to this loaded question into 3 rather equally sized brackets:

  • ⅓ of ladies wish to be deeply involved in the engagement ring buying process. This includes visiting jewellers as a couple, picking the perfect diamond and fine-tuning her dream design. (We’ll call this group “Hands On”)
  • ⅓ of ladies wish to be minimally involved by merely giving input on the style and design of the ring. You might find a folder full of designs on her phone/laptop and her friends will be briefed relatively well with her likes and dislikes. (These are the “Hinters”)
  • ⅓ of ladies wish to have close to zero involvement in the process. Most of these old-school types won’t even go so far as to help the gent with a ring size. You’re be in for some serious James Bond work, my friend. (“Surprise me”-type)
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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice

How Much Should You Spend On An Engagement Ring?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 10, 2016 12:25:00 PM

Pro-tip; she's marrying the man - not the ring. Ok, let’s proceed with that in mind. 

We hear the words "I don't how much I should spend on an engagement ring" close to every day at our Pretoria based studio. The awesome, short answer would be: whatever you feel comfortable with.

That's not really how these things work for most couples. Since many guys have no idea how much engagement rings cost - we'll gladly run over some basic ideas and rules-of-thumb when it comes to budgeting for an engagement ring.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice

The 5 Safest Engagement Ring Designs If You’re Shopping Without Your Girlfriend

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Nov 11, 2015 9:50:53 AM

 

 

Although we always advise gentlemen to get some form of girlfriend involvement/input when purchasing an engagement ring I know some folks prefer to keep it a complete surprise. Erring on the side of caution doesn’t mean the ring has to be dull and boring. Over the years we’ve identified a few styles that 99% of the ladies are fond of. None of these invoke a love-hate reaction and all these styles have stood the test of time. If you’re on a rogue mission these would be our top 5 recommendations;

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Engagement Ring Design

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

Why Are Mall-Based Jewellers So Expensive?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 17, 2015 2:01:00 PM

 

I’m a big fan of the old(?) saying; you get what you pay for.

Buying the cheapest per se is a sure-fire way to get burnt. Luckily, after a few burns most of us start to grasp the concept of value. This price to quality ratio (value) is an invaluable tool when making purchasing decisions.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Designer Brands

What's The Difference Between An Engagement Ring And A Wedding Ring?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 5, 2015 1:45:00 PM

 

I just received another iteration of an e-mail that pops up frequently in my inbox:

“I only see engagement rings on your website… do you also sell wedding rings by any chance?”

The short answer would be a simple yes. But it’s trickier than that. Beneath the skin the real question actually differs depending on who’s asking...

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Engagement Ring Design

Why I Proposed Without An Engagement Ring

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jul 17, 2015 10:04:00 AM

 

On the 28th of April 2012 I proposed to my then girlfriend sans any ring of sorts.

All snuggled up next to a hissing camp-fire the perfect moment presented itself without warning. I always thought I’d at least get down on my knee in that moment- but to be honest I was as overwhelmed by the proposal as Mia was. And knee-dropping without a ring is just super weird.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Proposing

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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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Ring Advice

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

Most Popular Engagement Ring Styles

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 26, 2015 9:10:02 AM

“What’s popular?” isn’t a question we get bombarded with here at Poggenpoel.com. I’m proud to announce that most guys have figured out that buying a diamond engagement ring is a tad more complex than renting a DVD for Friday date-nights.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Engagement Ring Design

"Problems With Palladium" - A Fairytale

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 5, 2015 11:35:35 AM

Why Do Certain Jewellers Badmouth Palladium?

The usual suspects… ignorance, spite and high blood-alcohol levels. 

Jokes aside, there seems to be some bizarre occasional badmouthing of palladium in South Africa by certain jewellers. It’s completely unfounded and I’d like to share my thoughts on it. 

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Palladium

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

How To Properly Compare Engagement Ring Quotes

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Sep 30, 2014 11:33:00 AM

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” - Probably Albert Einstein. 

Although comparing engagement ring quotes is certainly not rocket-science it's generally more complicated than most people make it out to be. The critical information you need to make a proper and informed decision is often omitted from quotes, and unless you know exactly what additional information to ask for you’ll be taking a shot in the dark when accepting a quote. 

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice

White Gold Vs. Palladium (A Very Unfair Fight)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 27, 2014 11:46:00 AM

Very few products can be recommend blindly without reservation to a broad audience. Preferences, requirements and expectations vary widely from person to person, and situation to situation. Just as strongly as I would advise a severely dehydrated person to rather opt for gulp of fresh water over sipping molten lava, I would urge anyone to choose palladium over white gold for jewellery use whenever possible.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Palladium