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Diamond And Jewellery Blog | Poggenpoel

The 4C’s of Moissanite (Diamond Vs. Moissanite)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 3, 2020 1:10:48 PM

The traditional 4C model is a great tool to understand how a diamond’s four main characteristics affect its price and appearance:

  • Cut - Precision of Craftsmanship. 
  • Carat - Weight and Size.
  • Clarity - Purity.
  • Colour.
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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Gemstones, Versus, moissanite

Moissanite Engagement Rings (2020 Guide)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jan 22, 2020 5:14:12 PM

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Gemstones, moissanite

How To Design An Engagement Ring That Beats Wear & Tear.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jun 11, 2019 10:07:00 AM

Talking about wear and tear might not seem like fun... but do you know what's even less fun?

Seeing your precious engagement ring age in dog years.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Diamonds, Palladium, Gemstones, Custom Engagement Rings

How do G-Colour diamonds compare to H, and VVS-Clarity to VS?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jan 22, 2019 3:02:33 PM

Diamond colour grades change in unexpectedly tiny increments. 

Diamond colours range from D to Z, and as they trinkle down the alphabet the colour hue becomes more visibly prominent. Z is not a dark brown or yellow, yes, the colour is visible but far less pronounced than you would imagine. 

Internet diamond colour-sheets aren't accurate. Just see them as a visual parable to just show that colour intensifies as you slide down to Z on the colour scale. 

I can tell you right here before we sail off; G and H are white to any pair of eyes. You're better off focusing on some other characteristics like cut-grade and size when your in this boat. 

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Diamonds, Gemstones, Comparing Diamonds, Versus, Diamond Colours, Diamond Clarities

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

5 Morganite Engagement Ring Designs And Ideas You'll Love

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 26, 2016 11:10:09 AM


I’m sure you like morganite - but there will always be one soul who loved it more...

The famed banker JP Morgan loved it so much the gem was actually renamed from a lazy “pink beryl” to Morganite. Imagine that.

This gemstone’s accessible price and stunning appearance has made it a very popular diamond alternative for couples seeking larger and/or coloured stones to use in jewellery pieces such as engagement rings. Diamonds of a similar colour easily fetch hundred times more than their morganite counterparts. Morganite has made this very rare colour in diamonds accessible to a much broader market. Hooray!

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Topics: Gemstones

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