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Secrets of the Hand: The best style engagement ring for your hand

Choosing the right engagement ring is not only important in terms of the diamond specifications or ring design but also how the engagement ring will look on your hand. Not all engagement ring styles will suit all hands so it is important to take into consideration your partner’s finger and hand shape.

One of the biggest secrets is to consider the height of the setting of the center gemstone as we shall see below.

Large Fingers & Hands

If you have larger fingers avoid narrow bands as this can emphasize the thickness of the finger. If you have a higher budget, go for a larger center stone and a medium thickness band like our Kay collection. On the other hand, focus on the band on either side of the center stone, the band should be thicker and more detailed and intricate. Try our Infinity engagement rings collection or our Dancing Light Engagement ring collections

These collections have a wider band and the band is just as impressive and special as the center stone.

Boney Fingers

We recommend a three stone engagement ring for larger knuckles and boney fingers. A multiple stone engagement ring will balance out the finger and draw attention towards the ring. Fancy diamond shapes are an eye-catching design with 2 similar shape diamonds on either side of a different shape center diamond, an illusion will be created. We prefer to avoid setting the gemstone too high and the side stone should gradually rise up to compliment the center gemstone. We advise avoiding engagement rings with a thin band as this can accentuate the knuckles. Check out our Trilogy collection for a range of three stone engagement rings in all diamond shapes  https://www.jackfriedman.co.za/engagement-rings/trilogy-collection/

Long Fingers

Almost all engagement rings will look good on long fingers, however settings where the diamonds are set higher will look better on long fingers as the ring will look more proportionate to the hand. The Kay collection is a great option for long fingers as the diamonds are set higher, try our Kay Pave or Compass Kay engagement ring for something more unique. https://www.jackfriedman.co.za/engagement-rings/the-kay-our-signature-engagement-ring/

Petite Fingers & Hands

Smaller stones and simple designs go best with petite fingers and hands. Smaller stones standout the best on petite hands and fingers. Try a solitaire style engagement ring with a narrow band like our Instinct collection https://www.jackfriedman.co.za/engagement-rings/solitaire-engagement-rings/instinct-solitaire-gold/

Broader band engagement rings can look overwhelming on the finger and make the hand appear smaller. If you prefer a little more sparkle, try our 9 Stone Baby La Mer Eternity ring https://www.jackfriedman.co.za/engagement-rings/la-mer-collection/

To make the finger look longer we suggest an elongated diamond or gem stone shape in your engagement ring, like an Oval, Pear or Marquise shape. These diamond shapes trick the eye so that the finger look longer.

Average Hands

If you have average size hands you have the widest choice to go with any style engagement ring. If you prefer a more classic design go with a solitaire engagement ring. If you like the look of a larger diamond and more sparkle, try a halo engagement ring. If you prefer a more vintage style with intricate detail check out our Edwardian Engagement Ring Collection. Jack Friedman has engagement rings to suit all hand and finger types and if we don’t have what you’re looking for, you can design your own engagement ring. Check out our world-class engagement rings

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The Jack Friedman Engagement Ring Specialties

White Gold or Platinum Claws

Jack Friedman advise that your engagement ring must have white gold or platinum claws as it makes the diamond appear larger. Even if the rest of the setting is yellow or rose gold, white gold or platinum claws ensures that the engagement ring focus is on the centre diamond.

Fly Through Diamond Designs

One of most unique specialty of a Jack Friedman Engagement Ring is the fly through diamond design. The Jack Friedman engagement ring setting have open claws which allow you to see not only the top view of your diamond, but the side view too. The fly through design ensures that the diamond is not covered with a basket, which completely closes the side view of your diamond. The engagement ring design is known for its open free claw setting which allows light to enter the center of your diamond and accentuate sparkle. All sides of The Engagement Ring is considered ‘the good side’ because the diamond can be appreciated and seen at every angle. 

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Perfectly Fitted Wedding Bands

At Jack Friedman anything is possible and we complete our engagement rings with a perfectly fitted unique matching wedding band. Each of our engagement rings allows for a matching wedding band that fits flush and perfectly. No matter how complicated or unique our engagement ring design may be, we ensure that each of our engagement rings fit perfectly with a matching wedding band.

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Ranges of Gemstone Engagement Rings

In today’s styles many engagement rings are made up of gemstones. One of the most popular gemstone engagement rings is the morganite stone. The morganite gemstone is a clear glassy pink gemstone that is connected with the soul, the heart, and love. Jack Friedman also creates engagement rings out of white sapphire gemstones which ensures that you are able to afford your engagement ring while it looks like a real diamond.

At Jack Friedman we have many diamond alternative engagement rings for the non-traditional bride.

South African Sourced

Being a proudly South African company, consumers know that all our items come from a company that is committed to quality and service. The materials used to manufacture Jack Friedman jewellery items consists of South African gold, platinum, chromium and many more. All the precious metals are ethically sourced.​

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Ranges of Styles to Suit Every Bride To Be

At Jack Friedman we have a variety of collections with many different designs. Each Jack Friedman range has a unique design to suit every bride to be. We know that every woman is different and has different preferences, therefore we have ranges of collections with a variety of shapes and designs to choose from. At Jack Friedman we are constantly improving and searching for new and unique designs to provide the best jewellery to consumers.

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Help Me Choose My Engagement Ring

Classic or unconventional? After considering the four Cs – the colour, cut, clarity and carat – of the stone you choose, there are still several things to think about when choosing your dream engagement ring. It’s a question that faces all brides-to-be, and is never more pressing than when choosing (or subtly hinting at) one’s engagement ring. Jack Friedman understands the uniqueness of every woman and offers the best engagement rings that will do the talking for you!


Ladies, when choosing an engagement ring, try on as many different styles as you can. Look for the things you love in each engagement ring design. At Jack Friedman our skilful designers will be able to combine all the different things you love into your one dream engagement ring. You will know when you find “THE ONE” it will be the design that makes your heart skip a beat.


Traditionally round cut diamonds still exert timeless appeal.


The Kay Engagement Ring


The Kay diamond engagement ring is named after Jack Friedman’s wife Kay who encouraged and supported his dreams. Their grandson, Howard, celebrates their love in the design of this exquisite solitaire engagement ring. The Kay diamond engagement ring that is manufactured in South Africa is without a doubt one of the finest solitaires in the world. The band of the ring tapers towards the Centre Diamond and this puts emphasis on the Centre Diamond. There is no basket, so this allows light to enter and brings out the sparkle and colours in the Centre Diamond. The setting is versatile and allows between 0.25ct – 2ct center diamond.

La Mer Engagement Ring


Who could tire of the 3 stone La Mer that is a gorgeously sensual design inspired by the waves of the ocean. The seamless u-shaped claw design allows the flow of light to travel through the diamonds, and is symbolic of how your love has no beginning or end. The trio of diamonds also represents the past, present and future. The special design of claws in the La Mer engagement ring provides an open setting and this allows for the light to shine through the diamond from all angles and creates beautiful sparkles and colours. This open setting also allows for the Centre Diamond be viewed from all sides.

Round Halo Engagement Ring


A center diamond looks enormous in a halo engagement ring setting. And a quarter-, third- or half-carat diamond can look, by some estimates, as much as a half a carat larger. The diamonds surrounding the ring attract the light, forming a glittering halo, drawing attention to the brilliance of the centre diamond and this creates rainbow colours to sparkle in your diamond. Jack Friedman has a wide variety of different halo engagement ring styles if the classic halo engagement ring isn’t quite “it” for you.

Whether you know your pavé from your facets or not, Jack Friedman will help you choose your perfect engagement ring.
Do an internet enquiry or contact one of the shops directly to make your appointment and be spoilt with the variety of choice combined with the best quality since 1933! (Contact us) https://www.jackfriedman.co.za/contact-us/

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Jack Friedman’s Guide to Diamond Shapes

Thinking about buying a loose diamond or a diamond engagement ring? It is recommended to always follow the 5 Cs (Cut, Clarity, Colour, Carat, and Country of Origin) and make sure the diamond is GIA or EGL South African certified, however what comes before the 5 Cs you may ask? Deciding on the diamond shape. Whether you prefer a traditional round shape diamond or want to change it up with a pear-shaped diamond, Jack Friedman has everything you need to know when shopping for different diamond shapes for the ideal engagement rings.

Pear-Shaped Diamonds

Pear-shaped diamond engagement rings are unique and timeless and have a high brilliance making it known for its sparkle. Pear-shaped diamonds have a unique “bow-tie” effect in the centre and hold more colour than alternative shaped diamonds. Therefore, the pear-shaped diamond is the perfect option if you want a fancy coloured diamond engagement ring. We advise that the setting of a pear-shaped diamond engagement ring has a v-shaped claw holding the point of the diamond to protect it and has a perfect symmetry, so that if you draw a line down the middle of the diamond each half should be identical. The elongated shape of pear cut diamonds makes your ring finger look longer and thinner, as well as having a larger surface area so the diamond looks bigger and can cost 10%-30% less than a round diamond.

Heart-Shaped Diamonds

Heart-shaped diamond engagement rings are a symbol of love and romance. This diamond is not as common, which is great if you are looking for a rare and distinctive choice for an engagement ring. If a heart-shaped diamond is too small, it can lose the heart shape and look more like a pear-shaped diamond. Jack Friedman advise 1 carat or bigger, so the heart shape is more noticeable, and the length to width ratio of the heart shape to be the same. The heart shaped diamond is a modified version of a round-shaped diamond and can be more cost-effective as it is usually less expensive than a round cut diamond of similar carat, colour, cut and clarity.

Princess-Shaped Diamonds

The princess-shaped diamond engagement rings is contemporary, sophisticated, and known for its popular square shape. Due to the popular nature of the princess cut diamond engagement ring, it can be more valuable than other fancy shape diamonds. When cutting the diamond less of the rough diamond is lost, making it more cost-effective and reduces waste. The sharp corners of the princess shaped diamond can easily chip if it is not set correctly. We recommend a tube or a 4 V-shaped claw setting for an engagement ring. The striking look of the princess cut diamond is the perfect choice for a modern stylish woman.

Cushion-Shaped Diamonds

Cushion-shaped diamond engagement rings combine the square shape of princess-cut diamonds with the rounded edges of round-shape diamonds. Princess-shaped diamonds can sometimes appear bulky when set in a 4 claw engagement ring, therefore if you prefer a sleeker look but want something just as sophisticated Jack Friedman recommends the cushion-shaped diamond. Cushion-shaped diamonds have a high level of sparkle and the rounded edges to make it more durable. Cushion-shaped diamonds are also less expensive than round-shaped diamonds. This is the perfect choice if you want to combine the classic feel with a modern touch in an engagement ring.

Oval-Shaped Diamonds

The oval-shaped diamond engagement rings are elegant with its unique flair. It is the perfect choice for someone with an active lifestyle as it does not have pointed edges. We advise when choosing an oval-shaped diamond engagement ring to make sure there is a minimal bowtie effect, a dark shadow across the middle of the diamond. This usually occurs in a poorly cut diamond and will reduce the value of the diamond. The elongated shape of the oval diamond makes it appear larger than a round diamond for the same carat weight. The ratio between the length and width of the oval is very important and you do not want the oval to be too long and thin or too short and fat, the ideal ratio of length to width is 1.4 to 1.6. Oval-shaped diamonds have the classic appeal of round-shaped diamonds but are perfect if you are looking for something more unique.

Round-Shaped Diamonds

The round shaped diamond engagement rings is the most classic, timeless, and popular of all the diamond shapes. Round cut diamonds are the most valuable and the best investment. We recommend choosing a diamond with the best clarity you can afford, and the cut, proportions and finish should be Very Good to Excellent. Round diamonds are elegant and can go well with all settings of engagement rings. Round brilliant diamonds have the greatest sparkle of all the diamond shapes, as they are cut to have 58 facets, which allow light to enter the diamond and reflect off each facet, creating a striking sparkle. We advise white gold or platinum claws as it makes the diamond appear larger even if the rest of the setting is yellow or rose gold. A round diamond with a halo is a great way to make the diamond appear bigger at a better cost.

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Would You Buy A Lab Grown Diamond For Your Engagement Ring?

Before we answer this question there is a few things to consider.

What’s the difference?

Lab grown diamonds look identical to Natural diamonds with the human eye and have the same chemical properties. They both come in similar shapes, sizes and sparkle. Cubic Zirconia are not the same as lab grown diamonds, this diamond look-a-like is softer and does not have the same chemical properties as a Natural diamond. Cubic’s are more likely to scratch and loose sparkle overtime.

Even though Lab grown diamonds look identical to Natural Diamonds, there are differences when it comes to value, cost, sustainability and rarity.

Lab grown diamonds have no intrinsic value, as these diamonds are made by man and there is no limit on the amount that can be made. Natural diamonds, however, take a long time to form in nature and there is a limited number that can be mined. Choosing a natural diamond in your engagement rings gives you the option to upgrade on an anniversary or sell the diamond if the engagement doesn’t work out. Once you buy a Lab grown diamond, it has zero trade in value.

Lab grown diamonds cost up to 30-50% less than Natural diamonds for the same size, cut, clarity and colour. However, due to Lab diamonds having no re-sale value, we advise choosing another stone that fits your budget like a white sapphire or morganite gemstone.

See our blog on Diamond Alternatives for the Non-Traditional Bride for more non-diamond engagement ring ideas

When it comes to sustainability Lab grown diamonds have been said to be more sustainable as they do not affect the Earth. However, the chemicals and gases used, as well as the electricity used to power the machinery needed to create Lab grown diamonds have been found to have a negative environmental impact. It is important to take into consideration the 5th C when buying a diamond for your engagement ring; Country of Origin to ensure sustainability.

The 5th C- Country of Origin

It is very important to know where your diamond comes from and to make sure your diamond is conflict free and sourced ethically. At Jack Friedman, we only source diamonds from South Africa and only buy diamonds from reputable mines. We also ensure a certified chain from mine to market, so we can locate exactly where the diamond has originated from, the time it is mined to the time it is placed in your engagement ring. We also guarantee an internationally recognized certificate of origin with all our diamonds as well as having the certificate number inscribed into our diamonds ensuring their origin.

Shop our exclusive range of Diamond Engagement Rings here 

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Jack Friedman’s Guide to Diamond Shapes

Thinking about buying a diamond? It is recommended to always follow the 5 Cs (Cut, Clarity, Colour, Carat and Country of Origin) and make sure the diamond is GIA or EGL South African certified, but what comes before the 5 Cs you may ask, deciding on the diamond shape. Whether you prefer a traditional round shape diamond or you want to change it up with a pear-shaped diamond, Jack Friedman has everything you need to know when shopping different diamond shapes.

Pear-Shaped Diamonds

Pear-shaped diamonds are unique and timeless and have a high brilliance making it known for its sparkle. Pear-shaped diamonds have a unique “bow-tie” effect in the centre and hold more colour than alternative shaped diamonds. Therefore, the pear-shaped diamond is the perfect option if you want a fancy coloured diamond. We advise that the setting of a pear-shaped diamond has a v-shaped claw holding the point of the diamond to protect it and has a perfect symmetry, so that if you draw a line down the middle of the diamond each half should be identical. The elongated shape of pear cut diamonds makes your ring finger look longer and thinner, as well as having a larger surface area so the diamond looks bigger and can cost 10%-30% less than a round diamond.

Heart-Shaped Diamonds

Heart-shaped diamonds are a symbol of love and romance. This diamond is not as common, which is great if you’re looking for a rare and distinctive choice. If a heart-shaped diamond is too small, it can lose the heart shape and look more like a pear-shaped diamond. Jack Friedman advise 1 carat or bigger, so the heart shape is more noticeable, and the length to width ratio of the heart shape to be the same. The heart shaped diamond is a modified version of a round-shaped diamond and can be more cost-effective as it is usually cheaper than a round cut diamond of similar carat, colour, cut and clarity.

Princess-Shaped Diamonds

The princess-shaped diamond is contemporary, sophisticated and known for its popular square shape. Due to the popular nature of the princess cut diamond, it can be more valuable than other fancy shape diamonds. When cutting the diamond very little rough diamond is lost, making it more cost-effective and reduces waste. The sharp corners of the princess shaped diamond can easily chip if it is not set correctly. We recommend a tube or a 4 v-shaped claw setting. The striking look of the princess cut diamond is the perfect choice for a modern stylish woman.

Cushion-Shaped Diamonds

Cushion-shaped diamonds combine the square shape of princess-cut diamonds with the rounded edges of round-shape diamonds. Princess-shaped diamonds can sometimes appear bulky when set with its 4 claws, therefore if you prefer a sleeker look but want something just as sophisticated Jack Friedman recommends the cushion-shaped diamond. Cushion-shaped diamonds have a high level of sparkle and the rounded edges make it more durable. Cushion-shaped diamonds are also less expensive than round-shaped diamonds. This is the perfect choice if you want to combine the classic feel with a modern touch.

Oval-Shaped Diamonds

The oval-shaped diamond is elegant with its unique flair. It is the perfect choice for someone with an active lifestyle as it does not have pointed edges. We advise when choosing an oval-shaped diamond to make sure there is a minimal bowtie effect, a dark shadow across the middle of the diamond. This usually occurs in a poorly cut diamond and will reduce the value of the diamond. The elongated shape of the oval diamond makes it appear larger than a round diamond for the same carat weight. The ratio between the length and width of the oval is very important and you do not want the oval to be too long and thin or too short and fat, the ideal ratio of length to width is 1.4 to 1.6. Oval-shaped diamonds have the classic appeal of round-shaped diamonds but are perfect if you’re looking for something more unique. Keep a lookout for Jack Friedman’s Oval Diamond Halo engagement rings launching soon.

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Round-Shaped Diamonds

The round shaped diamond is the most classic, timeless and popular of all the diamond shapes. Round cut diamonds are the most valuable and also the best investment. We recommend choosing a diamond with the best clarity you can afford and the cut, proportions and finish should be Very Good to Excellent. Round diamonds are elegant and can go well with all settings. Round brilliant diamonds have the greatest sparkle of all the diamond shapes, as they are cut to have 58 facets, which allow light to enter the diamond and reflect off each facet, creating a striking sparkle. We advise white gold or platinum claws as it makes the diamond appear larger even if the rest of the setting is yellow or rose gold. A round diamond with a halo is a great way to make the diamond look bigger at a better cost. Shop Jack Friedman’s range of halo diamond engagement rings: https://www.jackfriedman.co.za/engagement-rings/halo-engagement-rings/

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Freshwater vs Seawater Pearls

Pearls which possess a uniquely delicate translucence and luster place them among the most highly valued gemstones. Pearls are the birthstone of June, the perfect gift for any occasion and provide an elegant touch to any outfit.

Natural Pearls

Natural Pearls caused by a grain of sand are extremely rare. Throughout history, these pearls were worn by royalty and in Roman times were believed to be more valuable than diamonds. Today natural pearls are highly expensive and are almost impossible to find. Currently, all pearls sold commercially are either cultured in seawater or freshwater, so what’s the difference?

Saltwater Pearls

Mr K Mikimoto revolutionised the pearl industry when he took a tiny bead and planted it into the oyster shell. The oyster layers its luster around the bead-like tiny fish scales which creates a pearl’s shine and colour. Rub a pearl against your teeth, if it feels slightly coarse you know the pearl is genuine. The oysters themselves are not cultivated and are left to grow the pearl naturally, making seawater pearls pricier than freshwater pearls.

Freshwater Pearls

Fresh water pearls are cultivated in lakes or rivers and are becoming more and more popular. The muscles used are re-usable and can produce many pearls, and they can culture freshwater pearls in all different shapes and sizes. It is now possible to get freshwater pearls up to 10mm in size as well as various colours. Cultured freshwater pearls can be dyed yellow, green, blue, brown, pink, purple or black. Black pearls are mostly cultured because they are so rare in nature. In fact, black pearls aren’t actually black but rather a combination of green, purple, blue or silver.

South Sea Island Pearls

South Sea pearls are special extra-large pearls that can only be cultured in the wild. The oyster used can live up to 5 years and weigh 5kg with a 30cm diameter. They are suspended in wire baskets for at least 3 years. Tahitian South Sea Island pearls are cultured in French Polynesia and produce black, grey/green and various magnificent colours. The White South Sea Island Pearls with silver, rose and gold hues are found off the Australian Coast in the South China Sea’s and are 5 times rarer and more valuable.

Expert Tips

We advise keeping your pearls away from perfume and hairspray, and wiping with distilled water using a soft cloth to maintain their natural luster. Pearls must be strung with knots between to protect the pearls from rubbing against each other. Pearls should ideally be restrung once a year as the string can become discoloured.

Bring your pearls into Jack Friedman for your next restringing or shop our new Pearl Collection here (insert web link).

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THE BACHELOR SA ENDS WITH A UNIQUE LOCKDOWN FINALE ON M-NET THIS WEEK THURSDAY

Since last week’s eventful final dates, filmed at Kapama Game Resort, fans of The Bachelor SA have been waiting with bated breath to see how the final episode plays out. Who will Bachelor Marc choose at the end of this dramatic season? Shy speech therapist Marisia or extrovert Bridget, who gradually worked her way into the hearts of Marc and viewers alike? Will Marc go down on a bended knee to propose? What will the ring look like? Will there be a fairy-tale ending? And, what’s happening with this season’s  “Women Tell All” and “After The Final Rose” get-togethers during lockdown?

M-Net is finally lifting the lid, but only on some of these pressing questions, of course. By the time South Africa’s lockdown had commenced, the entire season was already in the can. Howard Friedman from the legendary Jack Friedman Jewellers, established in 1933, arrived at Kapamaon Marc’s request and the final events unfolded against the most spectacular African sunset. The only outstanding item for the final broadcast on Thursday 28 May was the live-to-tape studio recording during which the ladies reunite to speak their minds.

“To keep our cast and crew safe and adhere to lockdown restrictions around travel and social gatherings, we had to turn to technology to bring back the ladies and ensure a fitting finale to a riveting season,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard.

The result? A special, world-first, 60-minute lockdown episode that will integrate the last day at Kapama with Zoom calls during which some of the ladies share their thoughts about life in the mansion, Marc and the love journeys of Bridget and Marisia. At the end of the episode, viewers will also see what happened “after the final rose”.

But that’s not where the action stops. After the end credits roll, fans will be invited to the unique, quirky The Bachelor SA Pyjama Afterparty on the M-Net website. This is where the ladies will get the opportunity to grill Marc about his decisions and their departures, and clear the air around some of the drama in the mansion. There will be Zoom group calls, as well as individual video sessions from the ladies’ homes.  We will also find out how lockdown has been treating them, and if they have perhaps found another love interest after leaving the show.

Here’s a list of some of the clips to feature during The Bachelor SA Pyjama Afterparty, taking place on Thursday, 28 May.

  • The ladies talk about their relationships in the mansion.
  • Qiniso, Daniella, Silke, and Stefanie share some behind-the-scenes moments not seen on screen.  
  • Marc answers questions from Gillian, Rikki, Pasha, Jess C, Andeline, and Silke
  • Jason and Marc get real as they reflect on the season and find out whether Marc would change anything. 
  • The ladies play the LottoStar ‘Most Likely To’ game one more time, now that they’ve watched the season. 
  • Xia, Greta, Pi, Tamryn, Michaela, Mulesa, Parushka share where they are now, and reflect on their experiences from this season. 
  • The ladies and Marc respond to some spicy viewer tweets.

The Bachelor SA Season 2 is screened every Thursday at 19:00 on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now. Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website , and join the conversation with #TheBachelorSA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet).

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by Lottostar. Lottostar is a fixed-odds online betting platform that offers South Africans the chance to bet and win big on the world’s biggest Lotteries, Live Games, Instant Play Games, ScratchCards & Sports Betting – with over R2,4 Billion in winnings paid out in just the last 3 years. Lottostar is licensed by the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator. No u18s. National Responsible Gambling Programme 0800 006 008. You are not playing directly in these lotteries but rather betting on the outcome or result of such lotteries.

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Jess.R leaves The Bachelor SA heartbroken The Top 2 meet Marc’s parents

From the very first night Marc met her on the red carpet, he fell in love with her eyes and wanted to know more about the beauty in the princess gown. She waited a long time for a date with her prince charming – but he saved the best for last – inviting her to the very first getaway date in Namibia and gifting her with the very first piece of custom made Jack Friedman jewellery. In episodes that followed, she evidently became the leading lady vying for Marc’s heart and a huge threat to the other ladies in the mansion. But, last night (Thursday, 21 May) in a shock exit, Jessica Ross was sent home without a rose or much of an explanation during the penultimate episode of The Bachelor SA.

The 28-year-old fashion designer had her dreams of a potential life with Marc shattered in a matter of minutes as he tried to explain the reasons behind his decision – many of which she didn’t understand. Jess grappled with his explanations and the outcome was a difficult reality for her to digest. She would hear nothing of it, saying to him that there were no signs or red flags on their last date, or even in the past two months that they had been together. In tears, she questioned how he could do this to her after everything and if any of it was even real. He apologised for hurting her and she responded with “it’s fine, I’m just gonna go. There’s nothing else you can say,”.

This means that the top two ladies vying for Marc’s heart and that beautiful Jack Friedman ring is 31-year-old Bridget Marshall, a travel agent from Durban and 24-year-old Marisia van Wyk, a speech therapist from Krugersdorp.

A recap of the episode:

The tables were turned this week as the top two ladies met the two most important people in Marc’s life, before embarking on their final romantic dates where the exciting option of using the fantasy suites was on the cards. Marc’s parents, Marcel and Jenny, were pleased with both of the ladies and were proud of Marc. Marc’s dad wanted him to establish where the ladies’ heads were at and what they wanted, as a relationship is a two-way street. Marc’s mom shared that she believes that a great relationship starts off as a friendship, but that she is concerned about age – as Marc is very mature for his 37-years. 

Once the awkward family visits were over, Marisia and Bridget prepared for their final dates and ultimately their final opportunity to solidify their relationships and convince Marc why each of them should be the one. 

Marisia was taken on a romantic bush walk, where they could just enjoy each other and talk. The walk was followed by a little picnic in the bush and finally a super-romantic bubble jacuzzi bath with champagne and rose petals. They cleared up things about their relationship, talked about vulnerability, their fears and their intentions. After their activities, the couple made their way to a secluded romantic dinner. When the invitation to the fantasy suite arrived, Marc was hesitant and explained to Marisia that he feels guilty – because he is dating two women – and he doesn’t think it would be fair. This left Marisia feeling confused and questioning his feelings about her, but she respected his decision. 

Bridget’s date was next, and she was whisked off to a secluded outdoor setting in a helicopter, where the couple spent the afternoon laughing and just enjoying each other’s company – which Marc enjoyed – as he kept affirming that this is exactly how he sees his life in the future. Their picnic was followed by a romantic dinner, where their fun banter continued. This time around, Bridget managed to convince Marc to accept the fantasy suite invitation, as she would really like extra time with him. He agreed to have one drink, so they could spend more time, and left. 

At this stage, it could be anyone’s guess whom Marc has fallen head over heels for. But, from the dates, it’s evident that both ladies are in it for the long haul. Tune in next week for the season finale to see how the love story ends! 

The Bachelor SA Season 2 is screened every Thursday at 19:00 on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now. Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website , and join the conversation with #TheBachelorSA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet).

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by Lottostar. Lottostar is a fixed-odds online betting platform that offers South Africans the chance to bet and win big on the world’s biggest Lotteries, Live Games, Instant Play Games, ScratchCards & Sports Betting – with over R2,4 Billion in winnings paid out in just the last 3 years. Lottostar is licensed by the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator. No u18s. National Responsible Gambling Programme 0800 006 008. You are not playing directly in these lotteries but rather betting on the outcome or result of such lotteries.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Buying an Engagement Ring

Buying an Engagement ring can be daunting, follow our Dos and Don’ts to find the perfect ring your partner will love!

Do spend at least 2 to 3 months of your salary on the engagement ring.  This is one of the most important decisions of your life and the budget should reflect this. The choice of the right life partner will mean a lifetime of happiness, therefore what better place to spend on the right choice.  

Don’t over spend on your budget the next stage of your life will be very costly, with weddings, honeymoons and new homes. Set a budget and stick to it.

Do ensure that if you do not know the exact finger size, we advise that you rather make the ring one size bigger. You don’t want your partner to feel embarrassed when the ring doesn’t fit. Don’t worry if it’s slightly too big, Jack Friedman offers free re-sizing on all our engagement rings.

Don’t buy a diamond without a GIA (Gemlogical Institute of America certificate) or an EGL (European Gemological certificate), this certificate displays the independent graded specifics of the diamond such as clarity and any inclusion not seen to the human eye that may devalue the diamond. This will also guarantee the value of the diamond. 

Do shop for a diamond using the 4 C’s: carat, cut, clarity and colour. See our previous blog on the importance of choosing a diamond according to the 4 Cs. Link here

Don’t buy a diamond that appears to be too cheap. There is always a reason why a diamond would have a very low price, there is usually something wrong with the diamond that a non-diamond expert would not be able to see.

Do pay attention to your partner’s current jewellery preferences, for example if all their existing jewellery is white metal then white gold or platinum would be the right choice. If most of their jewellery is gold then yellow gold or rose gold is best.

Do your research. This is a special purchase that you will have for the rest of your life, make sure you shop around to make sure you are getting the best price for the best ring. Check out Jack Friedman’s engagement ring collections to see if our offering is the same or better than what is available out there. We know you won’t be disappointed!

The Palesa Crown

2014 - 2016

When Rolene Strauss, Miss South Africa 2014 (who became Miss World 2014), was announced at Sun City, she was crowned with a brand new glittering masterpiece worthy of her prestigious title. 

The team at Jack Friedman Jewellers wanted something that was both elegant and memorable. They decided to make the crown from platinum, one of the rarest elements in the earths crust, and synonymous with South Africa which accounts for 80 percent of world production. The precious metal in the Miss SA 2014 crown comes from Anglo American Platinum.

Miss South Africa 2014 - Miss World 2014

The Enhle Crown

2016 - 2018

A symbol of royalty the Enhle crown was an exquisite design by Jack Friedman. This pushed the boundaries of Jewellery design and we ensured that all the Miss South African woman who wear this crown feel and look like a queen.

Each name the Miss South Africa winners are engraved on the base.