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Diamond And Jewellery Blog | Poggenpoel

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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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Ring Advice

The World’s Most Popular Engagement Ring Designs (Feb 2017)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 9, 2017 1:49:22 PM

 

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Topics: Engagement Rings Advice, Engagement Ring Advice, Palladium, Engagement Ring Design

How To Choose The Right Engagement Ring Design

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on May 25, 2016 11:58:00 AM

 

A few short years ago choosing an engagement ring was a different (much easier) ballgame altogether.

You would have visited your local jewellery store and taken your pick from a dozen or two engagement rings. These days, thanks to the internet, and with special thanks to the Almighty Google Images and Pinterest you have access to literally millions of designs. You like halo designs? Great. Here are 100 000 ideas.

This gets very tricky very quickly.

So, how do you get en route to that perfect engagement ring design?

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice

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