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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Jul 5, 2018 10:59 AM By Rapaport News



Diamond market slows as US wholesalers take vacation. Positive sentiment continues after polished prices strengthen in second quarter. 1 ct. RAPI +0.8% in June. Manufacturers upholding discounts as they defend high rough prices. Depreciation of currencies in China and India reducing budgets of local dealers and causing shift in demand to lower qualities. Diamantaires aligning their inventory with retailers’ needs and mining supply, resulting in slightly lower stock levels than this time last year. Improving demand for 0.70 ct., G-J, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ after extended weak period. Belgium June rough imports -13% to $864M. Botswana’s Okavango joins GIA M2M tracking program.

Fancies: Fancy shapes mixed, with curves better than squares. Ovals hot, followed by Emeralds, Pears and Cushions. Marquises and Princesses weak. Oversizes selling well. Steady demand for fine-quality 6 to 10 ct. Ovals, Pears and Emeralds, with prices firming for 3 to 5 ct. due to shortages. US supporting market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Far East demand improving as consumers seek fancy shapes at better prices. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Dealer market quiet, with many businesses closed for two weeks around Independence Day. Stable engagement and bridal sales during summer wedding season. Some fashion jewelry promotions over July 4 holiday.

Belgium: Slight lull in activity. Strong demand for 3X, no-fluorescence goods, and VG also getting firm prices. F-H, VS-SI dossiers selling well. European jewelers looking for fancy shapes. Rough trading stable, but dealers and manufacturers concerned about tight margins between rough and polished.

Israel: Polished trading seasonally slow as US clients take vacation. Far East demand steady, with good orders for 0.30 to 0.50 ct., G-H, VS-SI RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Dealers expecting market improvement from September Hong Kong show. High rough prices limiting manufacturers’ profit. Bourse president Yoram Dvash urges Gujarat state minister to reduce India’s 5% polished import duty to encourage India-Israel diamond trade.

India: Sentiment weaker amid bankruptcy rumors. Local buyers cautious due to firm polished prices and recent rupee depreciation against the dollar (-2.4% in June to $1 = INR 68.80). Fewer foreign buyers in Mumbai, owing to US summer vacation. Good demand for 0.30 to 3 ct., G-J, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Manufacturing steady after $575 million De Beers June sight.

Hong Kong: Market activity down after June show. Buyers limited by higher polished prices and weaker yuan currency (-3.5% in June to $1 = CNY 6.64). Solid demand for 0.30 to 1 ct., G-H, VS-SI, RapSpec A2+ diamonds. Retailers optimistic after rise in 1H tourist arrivals. Concern about potential impact of US-China trade dispute.
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Polished trading seasonally quiet. Asian demand driving activity during US vacation period. Chinese buyers shifting to lower colors amid yuan currency devaluation (-4% since June 1 to CNY 6.67/$1). Weaker yuan will also impact tourist jewelry shopping. Dossiers selling well, with good orders for 0.50 ct., D-M, VS-SI, RapSpec A2+ diamonds. Polished suppliers maintaining steady prices after rough-price hikes. Miners limiting 2018 supply after global 2017 KP rough production +29% to $15.9B, volume +19% to 151M cts., average price +8% to $105/ct. Alrosa 1H sales estimated +8% to $2.7B. Petra Diamonds sells 76% stake in Kimberley operations to Ekapa Mining for $22M.

Fancies: Fancy shapes mixed, with curves better than squares. Ovals hot, followed by Emeralds, Pears and Cushions. Marquises and Princesses weak. Oversizes selling well. Steady demand for fine-quality 6 to 10 ct. Ovals, Pears and Emeralds, with prices firming for 3 to 5 ct. due to shortages. US supporting market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Far East demand improving as consumers seek fancy shapes at better prices. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Trading quiet, with dealers on vacation. Activity expected to remain slow through July and August. Buyers looking for bargains over summer, but suppliers maintaining firm prices. Retailers insisting on memo rather than buying. Jewelry sales steady, with seasonal bridal demand during ongoing wedding period.

Belgium: Stable market, with good orders for 0.30 to 0.50 ct. and 1 ct., F-H, VVS-SI dossiers. RapSpec A2, 3X, no-florescence are fastest sellers. Below 0.30 ct. weakening. Larger fancy shapes with high color and nice cut for European high end doing well. Dealers cautious about buying too much inventory before August vacation.

Israel: Trading subdued due to US vacation. Solid Chinese demand, with shift toward J-L-color goods. 0.30 and 1 ct., G-L, VVS2-SI2 moving well, along with 0.50 ct. diamonds of all colors and clarities. Availability of 1 ct. rising. Manufacturers concerned about high rough prices and tight profit margins.

India: Sentiment down somewhat as rupee currency devaluation (-7% since Jan. 1 to INR 68.8/$1) affects local transactions. Buyers cautious due to higher polished prices and weaker exchange rate. Suppliers maintaining prices with slightly lower polished production. Steady interest in 1 ct., J-L, SI1-I2 diamonds. Rise in availability of 0.50 ct., D-H, IF-VS stones.

Hong Kong: Trading relatively quiet since June show. Chinese buyers restrained amid yuan devaluation. Shift to smaller and cheaper goods, with stable demand for lower colors. Jewelers holding relatively large inventory after strong 1H buying. Retailers raising promotional activity to boost summer sales.
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RAPAPORT... Botswana once again finds itself at a crossroads. The sparsely populated, landlocked country is in a constant battle to ensure the longevity of its diamond industry.

Recognizing that diamond mining will not last forever, the government’s beneficiation program has sought to establish cutting and polishing, trading, and auxiliary services in an effort to diversify its industry — and economy — away from its reliance on the mining sector.

Beyond mining

De Beers, which counts around 59% of its production by value in Botswana, has played no small part in that effort. It did so initially by earmarking a part of its rough supply to be manufactured in Botswana, and today there are 18 sightholders with factories in the country. In 2013, De Beers moved its sales headquarters to Gaborone, meaning that its 10 annual sights were taken out of London, thus diverting traffic and diamond-related activity to the African city.

Furthermore, the establishment of the parastatal Okavango Diamond Company that same year gave the government access to 15% of production by Debswana, its joint mining venture with De Beers. That was the first time substantial rough sales from Debswana took place outside of the De Beers system.

The 2011 agreement that governed those developments is up for renewal in 2020, and negotiations are expected to begin in the coming year. For its part, the government is seeking to increase supply to local sightholders as a means of creating more jobs, newly elected President Mokgweetsi Masisi told Bloomberg in May.

Some question whether Botswana can handle more manufacturing, given that a few factories have closed in recent years. If profitability remains the biggest challenge facing manufacturers, Gaborone has yet to prove itself as a viable center for high-volume cutting. Perhaps De Beers can play a further role there, too.

The government will also likely want to increase the percentage of Debswana supply that Okavango receives. And it might want to renegotiate greater access to the large and high-value diamonds Debswana recovers.

Digging deep

Botswana has some leverage in the relationship with De Beers. It owns a 15% stake in the group, with Anglo American holding the remaining 85%. And the two are equal partners in Debswana and in DTC Botswana, which sorts and mixes production for De Beers and Okavango.

De Beers, meanwhile, brings to the table its mining expertise and budget. In 2010, it committed to investing $3 billion over 15 years in the Cut-8 expansion of the Jwaneng mine — considered the world’s most valuable diamond-producing asset.

That project is already the main source of ore at Jwaneng and is expected to extend the life of mine to 2030 and by some 93 million carats. Studies for the viability of Cut-9 are under way, which would further extend the life of Jwaneng. A final investment decision on the project is expected later this year, reports a De Beers spokesperson.

De Beers could use the potential Cut-9 investment, as well as funding extensions at the Orapa and Letlhakane mines, as a bargaining tool in negotiations with the government.

African investments

De Beers walks a similarly fine line in other African countries where it operates.

In South Africa, it may have to reduce ownership of its local businesses from 74% to 70% under the new mining charter, as the government wants to see more local black economic empowerment (BEE) involvement. That said, De Beers is engaged in a $2 billion project to develop underground mining at the Venetia asset. From next year, Venetia will be its only mine in South Africa, as it plans to close the Voorspoed mine. It has already sold the Finsch, Cullinan and Kimberley operations over the past decade.

Meanwhile, in May 2016, De Beers signed a 10-year sales agreement with Namibia, in which it ceded 15% of local supply to the government and promised more diamonds to local cutters. The company subsequently announced major investments in its marine mining operations off the Namibian coast.

It’s that give-and-take that Masisi is hoping will result in a “win-win” for both parties as they negotiate their next long-term deal — especially given that so much of Botswana’s future diamond production depends on Jwaneng’s expansion.

“We have had a wonderful relationship with De Beers, and we expect that relationship to be even more cemented,” the president told Bloomberg in May. “The returns [from the Jwaneng development] are going to be realized in the period of the next deal. This is a marriage we’re after.”
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Alrosa Plans to Dominate Colored-Diamond Market

Jul 15, 2018

RAPAPORT... Alrosa is planning to become the world’s largest producer of polished colored diamonds, with the entire mine-to-customer process handled in-house.

“We think we will be able to integrate into this segment and even dominate it,” a company spokesperson told Rapaport News Sunday. “As Alrosa is the largest diamond miner, it is reasonable to expect today [that] we are the largest miner of colored rough diamonds as well.”

While polishing is currently only a small part of its business, the Russia-based miner launched this division several years ago. Last year, the company began focusing intensively on cutting unusual diamonds.

“We have enough experience to work with colored stones,” the spokesperson added. “We have a very strong cutting division, rich traditions and unique masters who still remember what a real Russian cut is.”

Alrosa is currently working on cutting and polishing a large assortment of colored diamonds from its mines, including yellow, turquoise, purple and pink stones. The miner will debut the collection in September at the Hong Kong Gem & Jewellery Fair, after which the stones will go up for auction.

One of Alrosa’s most prominent colored diamonds is a 27.85-carat pink stone (pictured), which it recovered last year. The nearly inclusion-free gem is the largest pink the company has ever found, and is expected to fetch approximately $500,000 per carat at auction. It is the most expensive rough in the history of Russian diamond mining, Alrosa claims.

The company is cutting and polishing the pink diamond through its Diamonds Alrosa enterprise, with the assistance of an international consultant. The stone will not be finished in time for the upcoming September auction, but will be sold at a later tender.

One potential advantage Alrosa sees is that the polished stone’s origin is completely transparent.
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Sú až také vzácne? Geológovia objavili biliardy ton diamantov ;)
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Hmmm , ťažbu budú môcť robiť myslím "mimozemšťania" v tomto tisícročí my to určite nebudeme ...
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Jul 19, 2018 10:59

Slow trading, with dealers in summer vacation mode. Bargain-hunters asking for higher discounts during quiet period, but suppliers holding prices firm. Difficult to replace goods after recent price hikes and with fewer RapSpec A2+ goods on the market. US retail seasonally slow, but e-commerce strong as record Prime Day sales exceed Amazon’s Cyber Monday and Black Friday. Asia growth continues with Chow Tai Fook 2Q same-store sales +4% in China, +26% in Hong Kong/Macau. Concerns weaker yuan will impact 3Q consumer spending. Rough trading stable, with lower volumes supporting prices. De Beers 1H production +8% to 17.5M cts., sales -7% to 17.8M cts., average price +4% to $162/ct.

Fancies: Far East demand improving as Chinese consumers seek Pears and Princesses at better prices. US and European demand mixed, with curves better than squares. Ovals hot, followed by Emeralds, Pears and Cushions. Marquises and Princesses weak. Oversizes selling well. Steady demand for fine-quality 6 to 10 ct. Ovals, Pears and Emeralds, with prices firming for 3 to 5 ct. due to shortages. US supporting market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Dealers slowly returning from vacation, but finding it difficult to replace goods they sold before July 4 break. Sales up from last year, but profit is tight. Suppliers holding prices firm amid shortages. JA show very quiet. Retail also slow, with some bridal demand during summer wedding season.

Belgium: Fewer orders, with dealers prepared to wait through the vacation period rather than sell at lower prices. Bourses scheduled to close for two weeks at end of July. Good market for 0.30 to 1.20 ct., D-H, VVS2-SI diamonds. Nice-make fancy shapes selling well, with smaller Pears and Ovals in short supply and high demand. Rough trading steady ahead of next week’s De Beers sight.

Israel: Stable prices in quiet market. Solid demand for 0.70 ct., D, IF, and 1 ct., K-L, IF-VS2 diamonds. Local dealers looking for goods during quiet summer months, with some categories selling at lower prices in the US than in India. Melee trading weak, in part due to jewelers buying directly from manufacturers. Industry lobbying banks to raise credit.

India: Sentiment down due to sluggish summer demand, depreciating rupee and rumors of further bankruptcies. Dealers also frustrated by slower turnover, as authorities withhold shipments following $440 million fraud involving customs officials. Fewer overseas buyers in the market. 1 ct. and dossiers moving well. Rough demand stable, but manufacturers careful not to build up excess inventory.

Hong Kong: Cautious market sentiment due to summer slowdown and weaker yuan. Steady demand for 0.30 to 1 ct., D-M, VS-SI diamonds. Buyers willing to pay strong premium for 3X over 3VG. Improving demand for 3 ct. and larger stones, but shortages are restraining deals. Rising interest in fancy shapes and fancy color diamonds
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AIGS upozorňuje na Fake Gem certifikáty.

Jul 22, 2018 7:49 Od Rapaport News












RAPAPORT ... Asijský inštitút pre gemologické vedy (AIGS) vydal varovanie medzinárodnému diamantovému priemyslu pred falošnými drahokamami s logom.

Falošné certifikáty obsahujú funkčný QR kód, ktorý nasmeruje používateľov na falošnú webovú stránku s príponou co, namiesto com.


Falošný certifikát (vľavo), pravý certifikát (vpravo). Úver: AIGS.

"Niektorí bezohľadní ľudia sa rozhodli oklamať zákazníkov pomocou názvu AIGS," uviedol predseda AIGS Kennedy Ho minulý týždeň. "Naozaj vytvorili falošné certifikáty AIGS, ktoré vyzerajú ako skutočné certifikáty."

Jediným spôsobom, ako si byť istý, že certifikát je pravdivý, je priamo skontrolovať webové stránky AIGS alebo poslať AIGS fotografiu certifikátu e-mailom, poznamenal.

AIGS plánuje podniknúť právne kroky proti falšovateľom, dodal Ho.

Hlavný obrázok: Renu.M / Shutterstock
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« Poslední úpravu provedl(a) grofik v 23. 7. 2018, 13:38. »
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Aby som bol v strehu... :)
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Aby som bol v strehu... :)

To sme tu teraz všetci ako na ihlách. :D
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Pokud by si někdo chtěl vyrýžovat diamantík bez certifikátu... Za 150 korun.
Mám speciální "horninu" i s návodem.
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Můj vynález.

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zrejme tento druh diamantov ; Marmarošské diamanty... ;)
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Jul 26, 2018

Summer lull continues, with some improvement as US dealers return from vacation. Prices slightly softer due to seasonal slowdown. Suppliers optimistic for 2H amid US and China jewelry growth, despite trade tensions. US jewelers improving efficiency with customization and omni-channel as 477 retailers closed in 1H vs. 445 last year. Indian cutters cautious due to weak rupee and tighter credit, as banks cut lending -10% since alleged $2B Nirav Modi fraud. De Beers 1H revenue +2% to $3.2B, underlying earnings -41% to $202M, rough prices +1.6%. Alrosa 1H production -17% to 15.9M cts. LVMH 1H jewelry and watch sales +8% to $2.3B. Federal Trade Commission classifies lab-grown as a diamond.

Fancies: Far East demand improving as Chinese consumers seek Pears and Princesses at better prices. US and European demand mixed, with curves better than squares. Ovals hot, followed by Emeralds, Pears and Cushions. Marquises and Princesses weak. Oversizes selling well. Steady demand for fine-quality 6 to 10 ct. Ovals, Pears and Emeralds, with prices firming for 3 to 5 ct. due to shortages. US supporting market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Buyers slowly returning from vacation. Steady demand for 1.50 to 2.50 ct., G-J, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ goods. Cushions improving. Dealers preparing for New York Antique show. Retail sentiment positive, despite trade-war fears.

Belgium: Dealers preparing for vacation, with bourses set to close for three weeks (July 30 to August 20). Suppliers holding firm on prices, expecting stronger orders after August break. Steady demand and shortages for 3 ct., D-F, IF collections goods. 0.30 to 0.40 ct. selling well in Europe. Rough trading stable during sight week.

Israel: Activityslowing ahead of bourse summer vacation (August 5 to 17). Good demand for 3X, no-fluorescence diamonds. Steady US demand for 1 ct., G-J, SIs. High-end fancy colors doing well, commercial-quality yellows stable. Melee market quiet.

India: Fewer foreign buyers in Mumbai during summer period. Trade cautious amid tight liquidity and diminishing credit. Domestic demand weak due to higher rupee diamond prices after currency depreciation. Steady demand for 1 ct., G-J, SI-I2, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. High rough prices squeezing manufacturing profits, with factories operating below full capacity.

Hong Kong: Quiet market expected until September show amid summer slowdown. Chinese tourists cautious due to yuan depreciation. US tariffs on Chinese goods threatening consumer outlook. Dossiers selling better than 1 ct.+ goods. Steady demand for 0.30 to 0.40 ct., G-J, VS-SI. Weaker demand for 1.50 to 2 ct. goods. Jewelers see strong 2Q.
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Marmarošské jsou takovéhle krásné kostičky?

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Môžu byť ; aj , aj... :roll:
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RAPAPORT TRADE ALERT - July 27, 2018
New US Federal Trade Commission Guidelines Still Require Full Disclosure for Synthetic Diamonds
The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued new Guides for the Jewelry Industry. While these guidelines create confusion by expanding the definition of the word ‘diamond’ to include synthetic diamonds they continue to restrict the use of the word “diamond’ to natural diamonds unless the word is immediately preceded by a word or phrase that clearly discloses the product is not a mined diamond.
All synthetic diamonds and colored stones must be clearly disclosed. The word diamond cannot be used for synthetic diamonds without words immediately preceding indicating it is not a natural diamond. The word diamond alone without a qualifier can only be used for natural diamonds.
Please note that the following selections from the new FTC guides apply to diamonds.
§ 23.25 (a) “It is unfair or deceptive to use the unqualified words ‘‘ruby,’’ ‘‘sapphire,’’ ‘‘emerald,’’ ‘‘topaz,’’ or the name of any other precious or semi-precious stone to describe any product that is not in fact a mined stone of the type described.”
(b) It is unfair or deceptive to use the word ‘‘ruby,’’ ‘‘sapphire,’’ ‘‘emerald,’’ ‘‘topaz,’’ or the name of any other precious or semi-precious stone, or the word ‘‘stone,’’ ‘‘birthstone,’’ “gem,” ‘‘gemstone,’’ or similar term to describe a laboratory-grown, laboratory created, [manufacturer name]-created, synthetic, imitation, or simulated stone, unless such word or name is immediately preceded with equal conspicuousness by the word ‘‘laboratory-grown,’’ ‘‘laboratory-created,’’ ‘‘[manufacturer name]-created,’’ or some other word or phrase of like meaning, or by the word ‘‘imitation’’ or ‘‘simulated,” so as to disclose clearly the nature of the product and the fact it is not a mined gemstone.
§ 23.27 “Misuse of the words ‘‘real,’’ ‘‘genuine,’’ ‘‘natural,” ‘‘precious,’’ etc. It is unfair or deceptive to use the word ‘‘real,’’ ‘‘genuine,’’ ‘‘natural,’’ ‘‘precious,’’ ‘‘semi-precious,’’ or similar terms to describe any industry product that is manufactured or produced artificially.”
The Rapaport Group believes that the current FTC guidelines should be modified. They have created confusion and misunderstanding as they redefine the word “diamond” to include synthetic, man-made, non-natural, artificial, imitation diamonds that have “essentially the same optical, physical, and chemical properties as mined diamonds.” The FTC guides ignore natural as a definition of diamond, focusing on physical properties instead of scarcity and value differentiation which are key factors in product definition and vital for consumer protection.
We will be communicating a series of questions and requests for modifications to the Guides in the future. The full text of the new FTC Guides with the FTC Statement of Basis and Purpose is available here: http://bit.ly/2JZNiw1
The FTC may also be contacted directly: Reeneh L. Kim, Attorney +1-202—326-2727, Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washingto
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Aj bez pokynov z US FTC všetci vieme, že ak má kameň rovnaké fyzikálne a chemické vlastnosti ako diamant, tak je to diamant. A to či bol vykopaný v "oficiálnej" bani alebo privezený z planéty Melmak je nepodstatné. Veľmi sa mi páči táto hra na diamantovejší diamant. Teda pokiaľ má ten správny (náš) certifikát s hologramom.
Až veľmi mi to pripomína hru na najreplikovatejšiu repliku, ktorú v súčasnosti hrá Mincovňa Kremnica s pár priekupníkmi. Replika má väčšiu cenu než originál mince, ale len so zalaminovaným certifikátom pravosti repliky. :D
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Aug 2, 2018 10:59 AM



TRADE ALERT: New US Federal Trade Commission guidelines still require full disclosure for lab-grown diamonds. While the FTC expanded the definition of the word “diamond” to include synthetics, it continues to restrict the use of the word “diamonds” to natural diamonds unless it is immediately preceded by a phrase that clearly discloses the product is not a mined diamond. News: Trading centers quiet, with Antwerp and Israel shutting for summer vacation. Polished prices soften in seasonal slowdown, with 1 ct. RAPI -0.4% in July. Rough premiums cool to 4% after $530M De Beers sight. Rio Tinto 1H diamond sales -5% to $323M. Swatch Group pulls out of Baselworld 2019.

Fancies: Far East demand improving as Chinese consumers seek Pears and Princesses at better prices. US and European demand mixed. Ovals and Cushions are best sellers, followed by Emeralds and Pears. Marquises and Princesses weak. Oversizes selling well. Steady demand for fine-quality 6 to 10 ct. Ovals, Pears and Emeralds, with prices firming for 3 to 5 ct. due to shortages. US supporting market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Slow polished trading. New York JA and Antique shows didn’t attract much attention. Inventory levels rising, with dealers hoping for strong improvement during fourth-quarter holiday season. Stable demand for dossiers. Upward trend in cushion brilliants, as jewelers focus on bridal during summer wedding season.

Belgium: Very little activity, with most diamantaires on summer vacation. Bourses closed from July 30 to August 20. Some Antwerp-based Indian dealers in Mumbai looking for goods.

Israel: Trading seasonally quiet as dealers prepare for summer break. Bourse to close from August 5 to 17. Steady orders for 1 ct., F-H, VS1-SI1, RapSpec A2+ diamonds, with prices firming. Rising inventory of 0.30 to 0.49 ct., D-F, IF-SI2s. Concern about synthetics fraud after bourse member suspended for diamond swapping.

India: Some improvement as other trading centers take vacation. Buyers from China, Belgium, Israel and US in Mumbai looking for goods. Low expectations for next week’s IIJS show (August 9 to 13), amid stagnant domestic demand due to weaker rupee. Manufacturing margins squeezed after rough prices rise 4% in first half, while polished softened during July quiet. Rough trading slows after De Beers sight.

Hong Kong: Stable market. Dossiers selling better than 1 ct. and larger, reflecting sales in retail sector. 0.30 to 0.50 ct. are strongest sizes. Buyers shifting to lower J-M colors. Buyers cautious due to yuan depreciation, waiting for September Hong Kong show to assess prices. Retail sentiment positive after strong first-half growth, but some concern about impact of US-China trade tensions.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Aug 9, 2018 10:59 AM By Rapaport News

Mumbai IIJS show opens to busy jewelry section, due to pent-up demand after India’s 2Q gold jewelry sales -8% to 147.9 tonnes, according to the World Gold Council. Diamond halls quiet, with larger companies displaying finished pieces rather than loose stones. Global markets slow and still in vacation mode. Some improvement in US, with retailers focused on custom bridal pieces during summer wedding season. Samuels Jewelers files Chapter 11, with liabilities of $100M to $500M. Titan 1Q revenue +9% to $652M, profit +38% to $48M. Letšeng 2Q average price +33% to $2,742/ct. Karowe 2Q average price -39% to $782/ct. René Kamm resigns as MCH Group CEO after Swatch exits Baselworld.

Fancies: Far East demand improving as Chinese consumers seek Pears and Princesses at better prices. US and European demand mixed. Ovals and Cushions are best sellers, followed by Emeralds and Pears. Marquises and Princesses weak. Oversizes selling well. Steady demand for fine-quality 6 to 10 ct. Ovals, Pears and Emeralds, with prices firming for 3 to 5 ct. due to shortages. US supporting market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Dealers more active than before vacation. Positive sentiment, with buyers focused on specific orders. Steady demand for 1 ct., G-H, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Retail sales stable as consumer confidence edges up in July, according to the Conference Board. Larger independents and established brands driving growth.

Belgium: Market very quiet, with bourses officially closed and most dealers on vacation until August 20. Optimism for good trading after the break.

Israel: Very little going on, with bourse closed until August 19. Dealers focused on preparing inventory for the September Hong Kong show.

India: Local traders concentrating on IIJS show, which started Thursday (August 9). Sentiment mixed amid further bankruptcy rumors. Few foreign buyers in the market, with companies preferring to wait until the Hong Kong fair. Steady demand for 1 ct., G-H, SIs.Rough prices firm, but activity low due to Antwerp dealers being on vacation.

Hong Kong: Polished trading slightly improved. Rising expectations for Hong Kong show, as jewelers have delayed purchases due to seasonally slow summer and weak currency. Dealers shifting to lower-color and -clarity diamonds, reflecting changing consumer trends. Steady demand for 0.30 to 1 ct., G-H, VS1-SI2, 3VG+ diamonds. Retailers eyeing October 1 Golden Week season for next sales boost.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Aug 16, 2018 10:59 AM


Diamond markets quiet and conservative, with dealers in Belgium and Israel returning from vacation next week. Diamantaires hoping September Hong Kong fair will stimulate stronger 4Q polished trading. IIJS show sees busy gold-jewelry section, but wholesalers cautious as rupee depreciates to INR 70/$1 for the first time. Rough demand stable as cutters prepare for holiday orders. Alrosa July sales +16% to $339M, starts testing ruble payments for rough. Sarine 2Q sales -1% to $18M, profit +28% to $4M. Belgium July polished exports +8% to $1.1B, rough imports +23% to $956M. Tiffany to refurbish 5th Avenue flagship store. De Beers appoints Jim Duffy to head Tracr blockchain program.

Fancies: Far East demand improving as Chinese consumers seek Pears and Princesses at better prices. US and European demand mixed. Ovals and Cushions are best sellers, followed by Emeralds and Pears. Marquises and Princesses weak. Oversizes selling well. Steady demand for fine-quality 6 to 10 ct. Ovals, Pears and Emeralds, with prices firming for 3 to 5 ct. due to shortages. US supporting market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Dealers still feeling impact of summer slowdown. Selective demand with suppliers holding prices firm. Steady orders for 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI, 3X goods. Some caution in jewelry retail sector, with lower-than-expected July and August sales. Trade optimistic for fourth-quarter holiday season.

Belgium: Bourses closed for annual summer break and set to reopen next week. Dealers concerned about growing acceptance of synthetics, and are calling for more effective lobbying from industry leadership.

Israel: Trading slow during ongoing vacation period. Dealers working with James Allen note shift in demand to VS from SIs. Good orders on the consumer portal for 0.70 ct., G-H, VVS2-VS1. Weak wholesale market for smaller items up to 0.29 ct., with prices down from three months ago. Businesses preparing for Hong Kong show, seeing stable Chinese interest in 0.50 to 1.99 ct., VVS-VS, K-M diamonds.

India: Activity relatively quiet following last week’s IIJS show. Polished trading slow as expected at the fair, but solid demand for gold and diamond jewelry. Retailers looking for lower price points, with lightweight gold and fancy-shape diamonds proving popular. Dealer sentiment cautious amid ongoing bankruptcy rumors. Manufacturers maintaining steady production ahead of fourth quarter.

Hong Kong: Market improving, with dealers acclimating to weaker yuan currency and higher price points. Recent stock market drop dampening retail sentiment. Dossiers moving well, with stable orders for 0.30 to 0.50 ct. D-H, VS-SI, RapSpec A2+ diamonds. IF-VVS dossiers soft. Lower colors strong, reflecting shift in local demand. Rising expectations for September show.
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India Dealing in Higher-Value Diamonds

Aug 22, 2018 11:08 AM


RAPAPORT... India’s polished-diamond exports were boosted by a significant rise in the average price of goods leaving the country, data published by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council showed. At $812 per carat, the average price achieved in July was a record high for the country, according to Rapaport records. Rough imports also showed strong improvements over last year.


India Diamond Trade Data for July 2018

$ Millions unless stated otherwise July 2018 Year-on-year change

Polished exports $1,840 12%
Polished imports $133 -42%
Net polished exports $1,707 20%
Rough imports $1,666 26%
Rough exports $100 10%
Net rough imports $1,566 27%
Net diamond account $141 -23%

Polished exports: volume (thousand carats) 2,265 -28%
Average price of polished exports ($/carat) $812 55%

January-July 2018 Year-on-year change

Polished exports $14,668 10%
Polished imports $968 -37%
Net polished exports $13,699 16%
Rough imports $11,059 0%
Rough exports $759 -19%
Net rough imports $10,300 1%
Net diamond account $3,399 107%



About the data: India, the world’s largest diamond-cutting center, is a net importer of rough and a net exporter of polished. As such, net polished exports — representing polished exports minus polished imports — will usually be a positive number. Net rough imports — calculated as rough imports minus rough exports — will also generally be in surplus. The net diamond account is total rough and polished exports minus total imports. It is India’s diamond trade balance, and shows the added value the nation creates by manufacturing rough into polished.

Image: Bharat Diamond Bourse
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Aug 23, 2018 10:59 AM





Polished trading quiet, with inventory rising after slow summer. Suppliers keeping prices firm, hoping for strong Hong Kong show. Chinese buyers shifting to lower qualities, with steady demand for 3VG goods, as weaker yuan currency squeezes budgets. US demand steady, but consumer sentiment down, reflected in households purchasing fewer big-ticket items, according to University of Michigan. Macy’s and J.C. Penney list jewelry among top sellers in 1H. Rio Tinto opens A21 pipe at Diavik mine. Okavango 1H sales volume -2% to 1.8M cts. India July polished exports +12% to $1.8B, rough imports +26% to $1.7B. Sarine to provide rough-mapping technology to Lucara’s Clara blockchain.

Fancies: Far East demand improving as Chinese consumers seek Pears and Princesses at better prices. US and European demand mixed. Ovals and Cushions are best sellers, followed by Emeralds and Pears. Marquises and Princesses weak. Oversizes selling well. Steady demand for fine-quality 6 to 10 ct. Ovals, Pears and Emeralds, with prices firming for 3 to 5 ct. due to shortages. US supporting market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Market stable, with some activityduring India week at the New York Diamond Dealers Club. No urgency to sell at lower prices. Expectations for stronger trading in September as retailers prepare holiday inventory. Good demand for 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Ovals and cushions selling well among fancy shapes.

Belgium: Activity slowly picking up after bourses’ reopening, but many dealers still on vacation. Sentiment slightly weak, with fewer orders than expected after the break.European demand solid, with improvements in Germany and the UK. More orders from Hong Kong and China, fueling some optimism for next month’s Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. Rough market quiet, despite this week’s Alrosa Alliance sale.

Israel: Trading sluggish as businesses gradually return from vacation. Steady requests for 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI diamonds, but overall not a lot of orders coming in. Trade focused on Hong Kong show. Memo dominating the market. Rough dealers cautious.

India: Mood slightly down amid rumors of further bankruptcies. A number of Antwerp-based expat Indians in Mumbai looking for SI goods and lower. Stable demand for 0.30 to 0.50 ct., G-J, VS-SI diamonds. Stars and melee slow, with dealers avoiding further inventory in these categories. Manufacturers restrained and not raising polished production before Diwali break.

Hong Kong: Slight improvement, with dealers back from vacation and preparing for next month’s show (September 12 to 18). Solid orders for 0.30 ct. and 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI goods. Higher colors (D-F) weak. Buyers interested in VG goods as they shift to lower price points. Some concern for retail sector during upcoming October Golden Week, after stock markets declined and Chinese yuan currency depreciated.
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