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Diamond And Jewellery Blog | Poggenpoel

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

Designer Jewellery Brands (How To Waste Your Money 101)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 13, 2014 12:57:11 PM

Shirley will never try to convince you that her R92 000 Valentino Evening Bag was a sensible purchase. But she wasn’t looking for sensible when she casually strolled into Valentino now was she? Some people find the thrill of a luxury purchase to be nothing short of intoxicating. Visit cities like New York and Rome and you’ll find miles of expensive boutiques fueling shopper’s addictions to all things luxurious. 

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Designer Brands

Buying An Engagement Ring Online: A Starting Point

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 1, 2014 8:35:10 AM

Even your grandma knows the best deals are available exclusively online. Traditional brick and mortar stores are closing their doors every single day because they simply cannot match the prices of their online competitors. Now before you shed a tear for these bad luck ridden businesses, just remember that if they are being hurt by online retailers they have a product that can indeed be sold online. Why are they not selling online? Businesses need to evolve to survive. 

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice

How To Get The Best Deal On A Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jul 11, 2014 10:24:06 AM

There is no shortage of fun ways to waste your money. Overpaying for an engagement ring is certainly not one of them. Instead of trusting jittery sales-staff fueled by promises of commission you need to do your own research, consider your options thoroughly and talk to a few jewellers before making any diamond related purchase. These 5 easy steps will get you well on you way to a great deal on an engagement ring.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice