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Diamond And Jewellery Blog | Poggenpoel

How It's Made; Luxury Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Nov 13, 2017 12:13:06 PM


In a nutshell, we use a combination of cutting-edge technologies to ensure our designs are as fluid and neat as possible, but the final stages of manufacturing are still done by hand, working with the same tools of 50 years ago.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Engagement Ring Design, Custom Engagement Rings, metals

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

All Your Vintage Engagement Ring Questions Answered. (Interview)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Sep 20, 2017 1:22:53 PM

 

The two most popular engagement ring styles at this stage are simple solitaires… and intricate vintage designs. Polar opposites.

I nabbed our head of design and one of his team members for some good old feedback on common questions in the realm for vintage engagement ring design. Both have done stellar jobs at creating vintage designs over the past few months.

If you have any questions after this - get in touch. I’m sure these two would love to chat you through any further details.

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Topics: Engagement Rings Advice, Ring Sizes, Engagement Ring Design, Custom Engagement Rings

5 Great Reasons To Choose A Solitaire Engagement Ring.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Sep 6, 2017 1:33:42 PM

Being in the diamond and jewellery trade for many years, I’ve grown to be sensitive to trends, both micro and large. And let me tell you solitaires are trending stronger than we’ve ever seen.

Being intrigued by this we’ve been having countless chats with visitors to understand why the classic solitaire is as appealing as it’s ever been in 2017.

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Topics: Ring Sizes, Engagement Ring Advice, Engagement Ring Design, Custom Engagement Rings

Choosing A Custom Engagement Ring Design – Personal Style and Budget

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 17, 2017 12:51:25 PM

Personally, I’m a fanboy of custom engagement rings.

 Around 70% of the projects we undertake are customised designs of some sort, and if this number seems large - it is. We recommend our custom route every day of the week wholeheartedly.

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

THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR ENGAGEMENT RING DESIGNS (July 2017)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jul 4, 2017 4:22:48 PM

Major shifts in the engagement ring world don’t come along every year.

Much like all other jewellery and fashion-items, there are seasonal changes, but a classy dress or suit you bought 2 years ago wouldn't be a fashion disaster in 2017.

Over the last 15 - 20 years the whole look of an engagement ring has changed dramatically. Chunky domed yellow gold rings have been replaced by delicate platinum and white gold rings.

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

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

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on May 5, 2017 4:08:25 PM

 

As things start cooling down swiftly in South Africa the Northern hemisphere is enjoying Springtime. It’s always a time of year when warmer jewellery colour combinations from the USA, Europe and major parts of Asia light up our screens on social media.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Gemstones, Engagement Ring Design, Custom Engagement Rings

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

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 30, 2017 3:55:53 PM

 

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

Negotiating The Best Price On An Engagement Ring

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 27, 2017 3:38:22 PM

I bargain everywhere.

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

Top 20 Complaints About Traditional Jewellers in South Africa

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 3, 2017 1:35:17 PM

 

We just finished up our yearly Engagement Ring Shopper Survey. Participation was excellent, and we've found some interesting shifts in engagement ring shopping psychology. We do have a significant market share (especially in Pretoria) so to keep things objective I eliminated all submissions from email addresses we currently have on record. This includes leads and previous customers.

To ensure our service is top notch I spend about an hour per month on HelloPeter reading what customers of other jewellers are complaining about.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Rings Advice, Designer Brands, Engagement Ring Design

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 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

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