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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Nov 22, 2018 10:59 AM


Polished market stable as jewelers complete holiday orders. Outlook optimistic for season, but stock-market volatility may impact luxury spending after Dow slumps 3.7% during Thanksgiving week. Mall-based retailers discounting to compete with online Black Friday deals. Prices of small polished weak. Manufacturing margins tight, despite recent rough price cuts. De Beers Nov. sight valued at $440M. Hong Kong jewelers concerned about trade war and weak yuan currency. Sotheby’s Geneva garners $60M, with cushion, 21.19 ct., fancy-light-pink, VVS2 diamond selling for $7.4M ($347,601/ct.). The Rapaport Group wishes all our friends a happy Thanksgiving and a successful holiday season.

Fancies: Fancy-shape market stable, driven by US and European demand for fashion jewelry. Ovals and Cushions are best sellers, followed by Emeralds and Pears. Supply shortage supporting prices for Pears. Radiants improving. 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. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. 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: Dealer market slows ahead of Thanksgiving weekend. Jewelers more focused on sales than sourcing goods. Strong emphasis on improving online platforms for holiday season. A lot of diamonds out on memo, but not many retail sales of those goods yet. Steady demand and firm prices for 1 to 3 ct., G-J, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ diamonds.

Belgium: Polished trading relatively quiet, with only marginal improvement since Diwali. Focus on filling US orders; fewer coming from China and India. 0.50 to 0.70 ct., G-J, VS-SI selling well. GIA- and IGI-graded stones doing better than HRD. Dealers hoping HRD/AWDC agreement to sell on Alibaba will boost China exposure. Rough trading sluggish.

Israel: Steady activity, driven by US orders and some Hong Kong dealer demand. 0.50 to 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI stable, with some shortage in 0.80 to 0.99 ct. sizes. Diamonds above 2 ct. firm, with good demand for I1s. Fancy shapes solid; fine-cut, pear-shape, 1.50 to 3.99 ct., D-H, SI1 stones selling at -28%/-32%.

India: Dealers cautious after Diwali break, amid tight liquidity and fresh bankruptcy rumors. Fewer transactions than this time last year. Manufacturers have enough inventory, and factories remain closed. Good market for VVS ahead of upcoming wedding season. Steady gold sales reported over Diwali.

Hong Kong: Business improving, with solid demand for 1 ct., D-H, VS-SI (3X, none) diamonds. Dealers also looking at lower colors (J-L). Trading slower than this time last year, but dealers expect pickup ahead of Chinese New Year. Jewelers preparing for holidays are concerned about impact of US-China trade war and weaker yuan (-6.5% since Jan. 1).
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Nárast dovozu opracovaných diamantov v USA

Nov 26, 2018 7:32 Od Rapaport News


RAPORT ... Podľa dovozu do USA sa v septembri zvýšil dovoz brúsených diamantov.

Zásielky do krajiny sa medziročne zvýšili o 10% na 1,95 miliardy USD, čo je tretí mesačný nárast, aj keď objem dovozu klesol o 19% na 902 000 karátov. Priemerná cena vzrástla o 35% na 2,157 USD za karát.

Vývoz brúsených klesol o 3% na 1,66 miliardy dolárov, zatiaľ čo čistý dovoz - predstavujúci dovoz mínus vývoz - vzrástol na 283 miliónov USD oproti 66 miliónom dolárov za rovnaké obdobie pred rokom.

Hrubý dovoz klesol o 16% na 49 miliónov dolárov a hrubý vývoz klesol o 19% na 29 miliónov dolárov. Čisté dovozy surových klesli o 12% na 20 miliónov dolárov. Zisk z diamantov - vypočítaný ako celkový a dovoz mínus celkový vývoz - sa viac ako strojnásobil na 304 miliónov dolárov oproti 89 miliónom dolárov za ten istý mesiac minulého roka.

V prvých deviatich mesiacoch roka dovoz brúsených vzrástol medziročne o 6% na 17,63 miliardy dolárov, pričom vývoz brúsených vzrástol o 8% na 15,07 miliardy dolárov. Čistý dovoz klesol o 1% na 2,57 miliardy dolárov.

Hrubý dovoz za deväťmesačné obdobie končiace sa 30. septembrom klesol o 25% na 461 miliónov dolárov, zatiaľ čo hrubý vývoz klesol o 31% na 385 miliónov dolárov. Čistý dovoz neopracovaných vzrástol o 46% na 76 miliónov USD. Celkove rozdiel v USA za prvých deväť mesiacov klesol o 1% na 2,64 miliardy dolárov.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Nov 29, 2018 10:59 AM

Sentiment improves after positive start to holiday season. More people shopped than expected on Thanksgiving weekend, but average spend fell 7% to $313 per consumer, reports NRF. Online sales +20% in November, with record $7.9B generated on Cyber Monday, according to Adobe Analytics. Polished market stable, with continued caution about small stones. Luxury jewelers concerned as Chinese tourists spend less abroad. Chow Tai Fook 1H sales +20% to $3.8B, profit -89% to $37M. Tiffany & Co. 3Q sales +4% to $1B, profit -5% to $95M. Christie’s Hong Kong sells $60M (70% by lot). Birks to accept Bitcoin payments, despite the cryptocurrency’s volatility (-68% in 2018).

Fancies: Fancy-shape market stable, driven by US and European demand for fashion jewelry. Ovals and Cushions are best sellers, followed by Emeralds and Pears. Supply shortage supporting prices for Pears. Radiants improving. 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. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. 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: Polished trading mixed, with dealers expecting last-minute holiday orders. More memo goods selling at retail since Thanksgiving weekend. Jewelers taking goods to meet specific orders rather than to fill store space. Steady demand for 1 ct., G-H, VS-SI diamonds. Positive start to holiday season, with strong Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

Belgium: Sentiment positive, with busier trading for the holiday season. Steady US and European demand, China and India slower. 0.70 ct., G-H, VS2 diamonds selling well. 1 ct. steady. Stones above 4 ct. weak. Rough trading quiet, and premiums relatively low on the secondary market.

Israel: Polished trading stable, but quieter than expected for this time of year. Robust demand for select categories. Shortages supporting prices for 0.70 ct., D-J, VS-SI goods. 0.50 ct., F-J, VS1-SI2 selling well at around -35%. Good demand for 2 ct., J-L, VS2-SI2. Several dealers participating in Hong Kong International Jewelry Manufacturers’ Show (HKIJMS) and hoping well-timed event will boost Asia orders.

India: Dealer market back to normal after Diwali break, and manufacturers expected to start raising production. Foreign buyers in Mumbai looking for polished, but difficult to find the right goods. Local dealers gaining confidence as rupee-dollar exchange rate has stabilized at around $1/INR 70.6. I1 clarities moving well across most color categories. Jewelry market stable during wedding season.

Hong Kong: Wholesalers seeing better orders, but some disappointment over November trading. Dossiers stable, particularly 0.50 to 1 ct., D-J, VS-SI (3X, no-fluorescence) diamonds. Retail sentiment weak amid concerns about cautious spending by tourists from mainland China. Jewelers considering early holiday promotions to reduce excess stock. Low expectations for HKIJMS show, which began November 29.
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Graff Diamonds otvoril nový obchod v Hongkongu pre VIP klientelu .
Úvodom budú predstavené brusené diamanty z 1010 karátového diamantu kúpeného od f. Lucara Diamond v roku 2017 .

Rozloha butiku je 2800 m2... , skoro ako u nás.

Dúfam niekedy budú mať ľudia aj u nás trochu vedomostí a hlavne financií na nákup ...

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Rozloha butiku je 2800 m2... , skoro ako u nás.
Dúfam niekedy budú mať ľudia aj u nás trochu vedomostí a hlavne financií na nákup ...

Diamanty v tejto cenovej kategórii sa nebudú predávať za pokladňou v Lidli. Predpokladám príjemný rozhovor v súkromných priestoroch pri fľaške drahého vínka alebo koňaku.
No a počas nákupu tiež nebude prebiehať vedomostný test kupujúceho. Je to o množstve paliva, ktoré je kupujúci ochotný obetovať výmenou za trblietavý kamienok. Len si predstav, že by nám tu po meste pobehovali vysokoškolskí profesori ovešaní diamantovými hodinkami... :D
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Trochu nesprávne pochopený môj sprievodný popis , ale uhol pohľadu...
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Dec 6, 2018 10:59 AM

Market focused on jewelry retail as Christmas approaches. Brands targeting female self-purchasers and enhancing omni-channel platforms to drive growth. Diamond market stable. November 1 ct. RAPI +0.6%, supported by US holiday demand and preparations for Chinese New Year. Rough trading cautious as manufacturing profit is tight and inventory high, despite seasonal demand. Signet Jewelers 3Q sales +3% to $1.2B, net loss of $38M. Christie’s NY fetches $62.2M (83% by lot), with cushion, 8.08 ct., fancy-vivid-blue, VS2 Bulgari ring selling for $18M ($2.3M/ct.). Sotheby’s NY sells $46.4M (89% by lot), led by cushion, 51.52 ct., F, IF Harry Winston ring that sold for $4M ($77,154/ct.).

Fancies: Fancy-shape market stable, driven by US and European demand for fashion jewelry. Ovals and Cushions are best sellers, followed by Emeralds and Pears. Supply shortage supporting prices for Pears. Radiants improving. 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. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. 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 driven by last-minute orders before Christmas. General retail holiday sales good, but slightly down from last year. Dealers starting to see sales of goods sent on memo. Steady demand for 1 ct., G-I, VS-SI diamonds. Consumers seeking diamond studs, pendants and bracelets, while stacking and layering remains a strong fashion trend.

Belgium: Positive sentiment, with steady last-minute orders for the holiday season. Good European demand, particularly for 1 to 3 ct., G-K, VS-SI diamonds. Larger fancy shapes also moving well, with improvement in princess and ovals. Far East buyers price-sensitive and willing to compromise on color and clarity. Rough trading quiet during Alrosa sale, which began December 5, and ahead of next week’s De Beers sight.

Israel: Active trading, but US demand quieter since jewelers are focused on selling rather than buying. Mediocre Hong Kong show demonstrates selective and price-sensitive Chinese interest. Large available inventory of 0.30 to 0.40 ct. exerts price pressure. Steady interest in 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI. Some suppliers closing overseas offices to cut costs and improve profit margins.

India: Market improving, with noted presence of Chinese and Israeli dealers looking for goods. SI3-I1 clarities moving better. Buyers pushing for higher discounts and prepared to wait for the right price. Manufacturers operating at reduced capacity, and rough trading restrained ahead of De Beers sight. Local jewelry market stable during ongoing wedding season.

Hong Kong: Positive sentiment amid stable polished trading. Last week’s show didn’t stimulate significant market improvement. Jewelers looking for inventory ahead of Chinese New Year season. Good demand for 1 ct., D-J, VS-SI (3X, no-fluorescence). Some concern of slowdown due to weaker currency and impact of trade war.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment


Dealers and jewelers optimistic for last-minute holiday sales. Multi-channel digital and experiential retail are key themes this season, with rising number of pop-up stores and webrooms. Trade shifting east, with improving Chinese New Year demand. Some caution for 2019 as US-China trade war, volatile stock market and higher interest rates could impact consumer sentiment. Prices of 0.30 ct. diamonds pressured by high inventory (+160% vs. Dec. 2017 on RapNet). De Beers raises 2018 production to 35M/36M cts., despite lower sales volume. Rough prices stable during sight week. Alrosa Nov. sales -18% to $274M. Shane Durgin replaces Patrick Evans as CEO of Dominion Diamond Mines.

Fancies: Fancy-shape market stable, driven by US and European demand for fashion jewelry. Ovals and Cushions are best sellers, followed by Emeralds and Pears. Supply shortage supporting prices for Pears. Radiants improving. 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. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. 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: Steady trading, driven by last-minute holiday orders. Dealers focused on short-term memo, with a lot of goods in retail stores. Melee market stable with slightly better demand than last month, but prices well below levels seen earlier in the year. Ovals remain strongest fancy shape. New York retail busy, fueling optimism for rest of the holiday season.

Belgium: Positive mood ahead of the Christmas break. Steady local demand, but orders are very specific as jewelers avoid holding large inventory. Buyers demanding shorter delivery time from suppliers. Fancy color diamonds slow, with top qualities holding value. Rough trading quiet during De Beers sight week.

Israel: Suppliers focused on filling US orders. Prices firm, supported by relatively low availability of better-quality goods. 0.30 to 0.69 ct. remains slow, while demand for 0.70 ct. and larger diamonds is stable. Concern about tightening profit margins for large stones. Good season for dealers selling to consumers through online channels such as Blue Nile and James Allen.

India: Cautious sentiment as trading slows ahead of the Christmas break. Fewer foreign buyers in the market. Demand concentrated on SI-I1 goods. Rough market restrained as manufacturers are holding large polished inventory, particularly lower-value goods. Small diamond and jewelry businesses under stress due to weaker rupee, tight credit and low profit margins.

Hong Kong: Improvement in both retail and wholesale markets driven by Christmas and Chinese New Year demand. Steady interest in 1 ct., D-J, VS-SI, 3X goods. Improving sales of 2 ct., G-J, VS-I1. Parcels slower as jewelry manufacturers have enough stock for the season. Tourist spending weaker as Chinese consumers shift focus to mainland spending.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Dec 20, 2018 10:59 AM



Positive sentiment in final sales-week before Christmas. Fashion jewelry for self-empowered women driving growth. Polished trading quiet as US and Belgium firms close for holidays. Dealers hoping strong US shopping will stimulate wholesale demand in the first quarter. Chinese jewelers preparing for Feb. 5 Lunar New Year. Indian manufacturers cautious, with factories below capacity after India’s Nov. rough imports -52% to $929M. Rough market quiet, despite relatively large $540M Dec. sight. De Beers 2018 rough sales estimated +2% to $5.4B. Dominion recovers 553 ct. yellow diamond at Diavik mine. Chow Tai Fook joins Tracr blockchain program. Rapaport wishes everyone happy holidays.

Fancies: Fancy-shape market stable, driven by US and European demand for fashion jewelry. Ovals and Cushions are best sellers, followed by Emeralds and Pears. Supply shortage supporting prices for Pears. Radiants improving. 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. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. 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: Crunch time for retail as jewelers hope for last-minute Christmas rush. Mixed results so far, but overall sentiment positive. Consumers optimistic that 2019 tax cuts will raise disposable income, but Fed interest-rate hikes may slow growth. Jewelers competing with promotional discounting by mall-based department stores. Dealers waiting for sales results from memo supply.

Belgium: Trading starting to slow before bourses close for two weeks over Christmas and New Year’s. Some last-minute holiday sales. Dealers focused on trading rather than supplying European and US jewelers. Commercial goods moving, high-end D-F, IF-VVS slow. Rough market quiet ahead of vacation period.

Israel: Sluggish polished trading, with dealers waiting for US sales results to assess the season. A lot of goods out on memo. Focus shifting to Chinese New Year. Steady demand for 1 ct., G-H, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Large inventory of 0.30 ct. goods available compared to same time last year. Less demand for sizes up to 8-grainer rough.

India: Cautious sentiment amid rumors of further bankruptcies and job cuts among manufacturers. Polished production well below capacity, with some small- and medium-size factories still closed since Diwali. Stable rough demand from sightholders at last week’s De Beers sight. Shortage of better-quality SIs expected, as new production will only be available in mid-first quarter. Steady consumer interest during wedding season.

Hong Kong: Polished trading slow as Christmas approaches. Dealers shifting to lower colors and clarities, with good demand for 1 ct., H-M, SI1-I1 diamonds. Deeper discounts for VVS goods. Jewelers optimistic for sales during Chinese New Year shopping season. Retail in mainland China improving as weaker yuan currency influences consumers to spend in domestic market rather than abroad.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Dec 27, 2018 10:59 AM

US consumer confidence positive, despite volatile stock markets, government shutdown, and rising interest rates. Holiday jewelry sales +3.7% and overall retail +5.1%, driven by effective omni-channel strategies, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse. Online shopping surges 19% as Amazon sees record season. Diamond market quiet, with Belgium and US dealers closed for the holidays. Industry consolidation accelerates as Eurostar enters administration, Alrosa set to acquire Kristall, and Niru Group incorporates EZ Diamonds’ business for goods below 0.70 ct. US Oct. polished imports +28% to $2.3B. The Rapaport Group wishes everyone a happy, healthy, ‎prosperous and peaceful New Year.‎

Fancies: Fancy-shape market stable, driven by US and European demand for fashion jewelry. Ovals and Cushions are best sellers, followed by Emeralds and Pears. Supply shortage supporting prices for Pears. Radiants improving. 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. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. 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: Wholesale trading quiet. Most business closed between Christmas and New Year. Focus on retail, with steady last-minute Christmas shopping. Studs, pendants, eternity bands strong sellers. A lot of goods out on memo.

Belgium: Polished and rough trading very quiet, with dealers on vacation during the Christmas to New Year period. Antwerp bourses closed until January 7.

Israel: Suppliers relatively satisfied with the season. Dealers waiting for memo returns to assess inventory needs. Focus now on Valentine’s Day and Far East demand for the Chinese New Year. Businesses preparing to meet new tax requirements.

India: Polished market slow, with very few foreign buyers in Mumbai. Shortage of select in-demand items supporting prices.Good demand for 1 ct., G-J, SI1-I1, RapSpec A3+ diamonds.Trading confidence improving as exchange rate stabilizes around INR 70/$1. Rough market seasonally quiet, with factories maintaining steady below-capacity production until the New Year.

Hong Kong: Wholesale activity down slightly during Christmas holiday. Dealers focused on filling Chinese New Year demand, but large retailers have already completed their inventory purchases.Retail relatively busy, with steady tourist arrivals reported over Christmas week. Yuan depreciation and US-China trade war still a concern for luxury retailers.
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De Beers, Alrosa Reveal 2019 Sale Schedules

RAPAPORT... De Beers and Alrosa have released the dates of their rough-diamond sales for 2019. Next year, De Beers will not hold a sight in October, replacing it with a sight in August instead. Alrosa sales also include goods from its subsidiaries, Alrosa-Nurba, Severalmaz and Almazy Anabara.

De Beers holds 10 sales, or sights, in Botswana every year, at which it sells about 90% of its rough supply to long-term clients, known as sightholders. Alrosa’s main contract sales are monthly, taking place in Moscow.

De Beers sights

•Sight 1: January 21 to 25


•Sight 2: February 25 to March 1


•Sight 3: April 1 to 5


•Sight 4: May 13 to 17


•Sight 5: June 17 to 21


•Sight 6: July 22 to 26


•Sight 7: August 19 to 23


•Sight 8: September 23 to 27


•Sight 9: November 4 to 8


•Sight 10: December 9 to 13

Diamond Supply Agreement for Alrosa and its subsidiaries, Alrosa-Nurba, Severalmaz and Almazy Anabara

•January 14 to 18


•February 11 to 15 (Excludes supply from Almazy Anabara)


•March 11 to 15


•April 8 to 12


•May 15 to 17 and May 20 to 21 (Excludes supply from Almazy Anabara)


•June 13 to 14 and June 17 to 19 (Excludes supply from Almazy Anabara)


•July 10 to 12 and July 15 to 16 (Excludes supply from Almazy Anabara)


•August 12 to 16 (Excludes supply from Almazy Anabara)


•September 9 to 13


•October 10 to 11 and October 14 to 16


•November 11 to 15


•December 5 to 6 and December 9 to 11
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Jan 3, 2019 10:59 AM


Happy New Year! Diamond trade ends relatively good year with 1 ct. RAPI +0.7% despite weak 2H. Diamond manufacturers cautious amid expectations of continued midstream consolidation due to bankruptcies and mergers. Dealer market quiet over New Year holiday. Polished suppliers start 2019 with high inventory of small goods up to 0.30 ct. Total diamonds listed on RapNet +24% year on year to 1.5M on Jan. 1. Positive US holiday season sees strong store and web traffic. Retail outlook optimistic, boosted by tax reforms and low unemployment, but stock-market volatility, higher interest rates and US-China trade tariffs may slow luxury spending.

Fancies: Fancy-shape market stable, driven by US and European demand for fashion jewelry. Ovals are best sellers, followed by Emeralds, Cushions and Pears. Supply shortage supporting prices for Pears. Radiants improving. 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. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. 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: Wholesale market quiet, with businesses slowly returning from Christmas-New Year vacation. Initial holiday retail reports positive, but growth slower than in 2017. Trading expected to increase in January following decline in inventory levels during holiday season. Consumer confidence fell 7% in December to its lowest level in five months, according to the Conference Board, reflecting concern that economic growth would slow in the first half.

Belgium: Most businesses closed over New Year. Dealers assessing first-quarter inventory needs before bourses reopen on January 7.

Israel: Trading sluggish as suppliers wait for holiday-season results and replacement orders. Israeli dealer-to-dealer activity continues to slow. Cautious outlook for the year amid consolidation and rumors of layoffs. Businesses assessing new tax laws that took effect for the diamond industry on January 1.

India: Polished trading down, with few foreign buyers in the market over Christmas-New Year. Suppliers holding prices firm during lull, but willing to discount on very old stock. Manufacturers raising polished production, but wary due to high inventory levels. Consolidation expected this year as bankruptcy rumors persist. Jewelry sales stable during ongoing wedding season.

Hong Kong: Market quiet, with many dealers on vacation over Christmas and New Year. Preparations under way for Chinese Lunar Festival on February 5. Jewelry manufacturing steady, with orders from the US and China staying strong despite trade war. Tourist arrivals continue, but focus turns to discount shopping rather than luxury.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Jan 10, 2019 10:59 AM


Sentiment improved after relatively good holiday season, but dealers and cutters concerned about low profit margins, excess supply, and selective demand. Indian bank credit tightening, with ICICI to close Antwerp branch. Stock markets rebound, with Dow index +2% since Jan. 1, amid optimism for US-China trade deal. Suppliers focused on Chinese New Year orders, with steady demand for lower-color and -clarity goods (G-J, VS-SI). Lab-grown producers gaining investor interest. Diamond Foundry to raise annual synthetic-rough production tenfold to 1M cts. Tiffany & Co. declares geographical provenance of diamonds over 0.18 ct. De Beers approves changes to its disclosure rules.

Fancies: Fancy-shape market stable, driven by US and European demand for fashion jewelry. Ovals are best sellers, followed by Emeralds, Cushions and Pears. Supply shortage supporting prices for Pears. Radiants improving. 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. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. 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 New Year vacation; stronger trading expected from next week. Mixed feedback about holiday selling season. Good demand and short supply of excellent-cut VS2-SI1 diamonds. Jewelers note busy January, with a lot of repair work and gift-card purchases. Steady sales of engagement rings ahead of Valentine’s Day.

Belgium: Sentiment positive as dealers return from Christmas break.More confidence in European luxury market than Indian dealer trading. Steady interest in 1 to 2 ct., G-J, VS-SI diamonds. Dossiers weaker. Deep concern about credit scarcity and banks’ caution regarding the diamond industry. Rough sector quiet.

Israel: Companies uncertain about prospects for year ahead. Optimism for US demand, caution about China. Subdued local trading amid unease about new tax laws, with some companies considering relocating. Dealers bargain-hunting rather than focusing on niche specialties.Polished inventory levels stable compared to last year.

India: Slow trading, with few foreign purchasers in the Mumbai market. Buyers selective, but having difficulty finding the right goods at the right price. Suppliers maintaining stable prices on fresh supply, but have a lot of older merchandise in stock. Manufacturers keeping production below capacity for now, as concerns about profitability persist. Banks raising collateral requirements, with liquidity crunch expected through the end of the fiscal year on March 31.

Hong Kong: Polished trading steady as jewelers prepare for Chinese New Year sales. Retailers reducing in-store inventory of larger certified goods, preferring to contact suppliers as orders come in. Solid market for 0.30 to 0.50 ct., G-J, VS1-SI2 diamonds. Good engagement-ring demand for 1 ct., F-J, SI diamonds with no fluorescence. Dealers shifting to lower colors and clarities to meet price points.
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RAPAPORT... Alrosa will resume diamond-mining operations in Zimbabwe after a two-year break from the country.

The Russian miner announced it would partner with the African country to develop joint exploration and extraction projects. The announcement took place during a visit to Moscow by Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“We…seek to support Zimbabwe in the development of its diamond-mining industry in line with [the] industry’s best practices,” Alrosa CEO Sergey Ivanov said Monday. “We are happy to share…a wealth of experience in the field of mineral exploration and diamond mining, including the [industry’s] self-regulation and responsible business.”

Mnangagwa has been trying to reform the nation’s diamond industry and rebuild investor confidence since coming to power in 2017. Corruption claims plagued the sector under the nation’s former leadership, and many mining companies, including Alrosa, left the country.

In December, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Mines and Mining Development said it would allow two new companies to mine at Marange, and called on both De Beers and Vast Resources to return. Both companies said they had not received an official invitation.

After negotiations last year, Alrosa opened a Zimbabwe subsidiary in December, and intends to deploy geologists and mining engineers to the country within the coming month, it said.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Jan 17, 2019 10:59 AM


Trading relatively quiet as jewelers begin restocking after holiday season. Top-tier independents and luxury retailers outpacing large jewelry chains: Signet Jewelers Nov./Dec. sales -3% to $1.8B, Richemont’s Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels 3Q revenue +9% to $2.3B, Forevermark 2018 US sales +8%. Cautious outlook for Chinese New Year as Chow Tai Fook 3Q same-store sales -7% in China, -6% in Hong Kong/Macau. India trade uncertain due to tightening bank credit, slim profit margins, and excess inventory of unwanted lower-quality polished. Rough prices and supply expected to be steady at next week’s De Beers sight. India 2018 polished exports +6% to $24.4B, rough imports -9% to $16.9B.

Fancies: Fancy-shape market stable, driven by US and European demand for fashion jewelry. Ovals are best sellers, followed by Emeralds, Cushions and Pears. Supply shortage supporting prices for Pears. Radiants improving. 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. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. 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: Sentiment positive, with dealers and jewelers relatively satisfied with holiday-season results. Buyers remain price-sensitive and selective while looking for goods to replenish reduced inventory levels. Steady demand for 0.50 to 0.70 ct., H-J, SI-I1, lower-quality parcel goods for stud jewelry. Shortage of excellent-quality large stones above 10 ct. Bridal and engagement ring sales firm as consumers prepare for Valentine’s Day.

Belgium: Polished prices stable amid slow trading. Big-stone dealers doing well, with improving demand for large fancy shapes. Dossiers below 1 ct. firm. Steady orders for 1 to 3 ct., G-J, VS-SI, 3X diamonds. A lot of goods still out on memo. Rough market quiet ahead of next week’s De Beers sight.

Israel: Dealers cautious, waiting to assess the market impact of US holiday results, Chinese New Year demand, and rough prices at De Beers Jan. sight. Notable rise in inventory of 1 ct., I-M, IF-SI products. Spike in availability of 0.30 ct., I-M, VS, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Suppliers hoping bourse’s International Diamond Week (Jan. 28 to 30) and the Hong Kong show (Feb. 28) will boost trade.

India: Activity slower than usual for January. Dealers focused on China and Hong Kong for Chinese New Year period. Domestic demand steady as jewelers push bridal during ongoing wedding season. Manufacturers remain cautious due to tight profit margins, with factories operating below capacity since Diwali. Suppliers holding stock in preparation for Hong Kong show.

Hong Kong: Good wholesale trading as jewelers enter peak Chinese New Year selling season. Jewelry manufacturers starting to close for the season, but dealers will operate until the last minute. Retailers concerned cautious economic outlook will affect consumer sentiment. Solid market for 0.30 to 0.70 ct., G-K, VS-SI, 3X diamonds; collection goods weaker. Rising consumer interest in fancy shapes.
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Grófik udržuješ toto vlákno živé ako japonský robotník. :)
Mám na teba otázku - našli sa nejaké diamanty aj na území Slovenska ?
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Farebné diamanty vyťažené spoločnosťou Alrosa pripravené na opracovanie pre konkrétneho klienta.

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Grófik udržuješ toto vlákno živé ako japonský robotník. :)
Mám na teba otázku - našli sa nejaké diamanty aj na území Slovenska ?


Skôr tzv marmarošské diamanty .
Určite vo veľmi obmedzenej forme aj origoš diamanty v nejakej nešperkárskej kvalite , krátery po sopkách máme aj My.
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Grófik udržuješ toto vlákno živé ako japonský robotník. :)
Mám na teba otázku - našli sa nejaké diamanty aj na území Slovenska ?

Skôr tzv marmarošské diamanty .
Určite vo veľmi obmedzenej forme aj origoš diamanty v nejakej nešperkárskej kvalite , krátery po sopkách máme aj My.

No kryštálov kremeňa som videl aj ja habakuky, ale ja som sa pýtal na diamanty. Kráterov po sopkách je na Slovensku nadostač, ale hlásil už niekto nález diamantu? (bez ohľadu na hmotnosť a kvalitu)
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Momentálne si nespomínam zo 100% istotou , ale domnievam sa asi áno ,
solídnejšiu info dám možno do konca týždňa.

Ja zasa pokiaľ lozím po horách viac venujem pozornosť okolo hríbov ako minerálov , ale priateľov beriem na hľadanie minerálov , ja idem radšej na hríby .

Zasa nemám problém dostať pekný nerast na oplátku...
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Jan 24, 2019 10:59 AM


Diamond markets quieter than usual in January. Dealers cautious amid sluggish US post-holiday demand. Far East orders slow as jewelers focus on Chinese New Year sales. Decline in Chinese tourist spending sees Tiffany & Co. Nov./Dec. sales -1% to $1B. Luk Fook 3Q same-store sales -10%. JBT reports US industry shrinks 4% to 25,102 jewelers in 2018. Rough sentiment weak as manufacturers face tight profit margins, high inventory and less financing. Indian bank credit down 30% due to weaker rupee and change in lending policy. De Beers 2018 production +6% to 35.3M cts., sales volume -4% to 33.7M cts. Alrosa 2018 output -7% to 36.7M cts., sales volume -8% to 38.1M cts.

Fancies: Fancy-shape market stable, driven by US and European demand for fashion jewelry. Ovals are best sellers, followed by Emeralds, Cushions and Pears. Supply shortage supporting prices for Pears. Radiants improving. 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. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. 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: Polished trading improving as dealers return from New Year break. A lot of goods out on memo, with suppliers waiting to see if they convert to sales. Stable demand for 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Uncertainty due to government shutdown and disappointing holiday sales by the major jewelers. Retailers preparing inventory for Valentine’s Day, with focus on engagement and bridal collections.

Belgium: Dealers more optimistic as activity picked up since New Year. Buyers looking for goods, with steady demand for commercial-quality, 1 ct. and larger, G-H, SI diamonds and shortage of excellent-cut polished.Melee improving. 0.30 to 0.49 ct. dossiers slow. Rough trading cautious, with prices for goods below 3-grainers softening on secondary market during De Beers sight.

Israel: Suppliers uncertain about 2019 prospects due to slow trading and new diamond tax. Dealers hoping next week’s International Diamond Week will boost sales and help reduce stock. 0.30 to 0.49 ct. slow and prices softening. Stable demand for 0.70 to 1.50 ct., G-J, VS-SI diamonds, with shortages in certain qualities. Rough market quiet.

India: Dealers concerned about slower-than-normal January trading. Far East demand quiet before Chinese New Year. Selective post-holiday restocking by US retailers. SI-I1 doing well in most sizes. Melee market stable and showing signs of improvement. Manufacturers holding large inventory and maintaining lower polished production.

Hong Kong: Polished market stable, but wholesalers and jewelry manufacturers starting to close for Chinese New Year. Dealers expect improvement when they return for the Hong Kong show, which begins Feb. 28. Stable demand for 0.30 to 0.70 ct., E-G, VS-SI, 3X diamonds. 1 ct., F-H, VS-SI also selling well. Focus on boosting retail sales during peak season, with concern that Chinese tourist spending has softened.
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Skupina Rapaport organizuje výlet do Sierry Leone pre členov diamantového klubu, ktorí chcú získať prehľad o možnostiach v sektore baníctva.

Táto návšteva poskytne príležitosť stretnúť sa a komunikovať s remeselníkmi v krajine. Táto misia pomôže lepšie porozumieť úlohe remeselného sektora v klenotníctve. Bude zdôrazňovať a preukazovať príležitosti pre ziskový trvalo udržateľný hospodársky rozvoj baníctva a šperkárstva. Bude budovať porozumenie a vzťahy medzi remeselníkmi v baníctve a klenotníctve.

Výrobcovia šperkov, predajcov a diamantov sa môžu zaregistrovať svoju žiadosť o cestu cez https://bit.ly/2Hq2iHU . Táto misia bude obmedzená na 25 účastníkov kvôli prísnym logistickým obmedzeniam. Ďalšie informácie vám poskytne e-mail: SLTrip@Rapaport.com .

Vezmite prosím na vedomie. Toto nie je diamantový výlet. Kým budú k dispozícii obchodné kontakty a povzbudenie naším poslaním je rozvíjať vzťahy a príležitosti pre budúcu obchodnú a rozvojovú činnosť. Účastníci, ktorí chcú nakúpiť diamanty v Sierre Leone, môžu byť ubytovaní po ukončení misie v piatok 6. apríla. Je potrebné zverejniť oznámenie o úmysle kúpiť, aby sme mohli zabezpečiť dodržiavanie všetkých vládnych nariadení.

Ubytovanie:

Rapaport bude poskytovať všetky pozemné servisy . Zahŕňa to hotely, stravu, dopravu a bezpečnosť. Freetown ubytovanie bude v 4-hviezdičkovom hoteli. Kono ubytovanie bude v 3-hviezdičkovom hoteli. Poplatok za výlet je 2 000 USD na účastníka a zahŕňa všetky pozemné presuny , ale nie leteckú dopravu.

Zodpovednosť účastníkov:

Všetci účastníci budú mať očkovanie proti vírusom a na žltú horúčku a lieky proti malárii. Tím Rapaport môže pomáhať pri získavaní víz a splnení ďalších požiadaviek. Oficiálny program končí po raňajkách v piatok. Účastníci si môžu predĺžiť svoj pobyt na vlastné náklady. Martin Rapaport zostane v nedeľu v Freetowne.

Letecká doprava : Letecká doprava do Sierry Leone je obmedzená. Po prilete účastníkom sa odporúča, aby čo najskôr kontaktovali svojho cestovného agenta, aby sa zabezpečili, že do Sierra Leone sa dostanú do pondelka 1. apríla. Martin Rapaport bude cestovať z New Yorku 31. marca. Cestovné kancelárie Rapaport môžu pomôcť s rezerváciami.

Registrácia:

Účastníci by mali vyplniť on-line žiadosť o registráciu čo najskôr. Služba Rapaport bude priebežne informovať žiadateľov, ktorí boli vybraní na cestu. Ak bude veľký počet žiadateľov, bude sa usilovať o zrealizovanie druhej cesty. Kliknite sem a zaregistrujte sa.

Itinerár :

Pondelok

Príchod do Freetownu

22:00 Uvítacia večera; Prenocovanie v meste Freetown.

Utorok

06:30 Odchod do Kona; Navštívte stránky artisanal digger a mesto Koidu.

17:00 Stretnite sa s robotníkmi a ich združeniami.

19:30 Večera s výkopmi; Prenocovanie v Kono.

Streda

08:00 Odchod na návštevu obce Koryardu, stretnutie s komunitou. Voliteľné výlet na miesto, kde bol objavený Peace Diamond. Poznámka: Tento výlet môže byť namáhavý a je asi 1 hodinu v každom smere. Príležitosť pre účastníkov, aby zistili, ako sa pracuje každý deň.

12:00 Navštívte Nimiyama Chiefdom a Village.

14:30 Odcestujte do Freetownu.

20:30 Večera vo Freetone; Prenocovanie v meste Freetown.

Štvrtok

09:00 Rozvojová diamantová konferencia s členmi remeselného spoločenstva.

Diskusia o úlohe diamantu a šperkov v Sierra Leone. Stretnutia s vládnymi úradníkmi.

12:30 Obed s členmi remeselnej komunity.

14:00 prehliadka Freetown; Nakupovanie.

19:00 Záverečná večera.

Piatok

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Nový zoznam klientov spoločnosti Alrosa nezahŕňa spoločnosť Leviev

31. januára 2019 5:36 Od Joshua Freedmana

RAPAPORT ... Spoločnosť Alrosa prestala dodávat surové diamanty LLD Diamonds spoločnosti Lev Leviev prostredníctvom svojich zmlúv o predaji v rámci zmluvy, ako súčasť reorganizácie dlhodobého zoznamu zákazníkov.

Izraelská firma, ktorá je jedným z "niekoľkých" bývalých zákazníkov, ktorí odstúpili od zoznamu dodávok v roku 2019, známy ako program Alrosa Alliance, uviedla ruská spoločnosť.

"V minulom roku bolo rozhodnutie vylúčiť LLD z dlhodobého zoznamu klientov kvôli nedodržaniu princípov Alrosa Alliance", vysvetlil hovorca ruského výrobcu v e-mailovej správe Rapaport News tento týždeň. Ruská spoločnosť má pokyny, ktoré uvádzajú rôzne možné dôvody na pozastavenie klienta.

Spoločnosť Alrosa nepotvrdila totožnosť ostatných spoločností, ktoré odstránila zo zoznamu.

LLD sa dostala do popredia, pretože izraelská polícia zatkla niekoľko svojich zamestnancov v novembri za podozrenie z pašovania diamantov v hodnote stoviek miliónov šeklov do krajiny. Alrosa odmietla uviesť, či tento krok bol priamo spojený so sondou, zatiaľ čo LLD neodpovedala na žiadosť o pripomienku.

Alrosa Alliance predstavuje asi 70% hrubého obratu banského priemyslu. Spravuje podobnú úpravu ako systém pozorovateľov spoločnosti De Beers, ktorý ponúka stabilné dodávky pre spoločnosti, ktoré dokážu preukázať dopyt a dodržiavať pravidlá týkajúce sa obchodných postupov.

Spoločnosť Alrosa rozšírila svoj zoznam na 59 dlhodobých kupcov surových diamantov v roku 2019, od 56 v minulom roku. Šiestimi novými členmi boli šperky Chow Sang Sang z Hongkongu, indické diamantové firmy Kapu Gems, Mohit Diamonds, spoločnosť VD Global a spoločnosť M. Suresh a švajčiarsky výrobca Richold.

"Potvrdzujeme nedotknuteľnosť princípov Alrosa Aliance a máme záujem o diverzifikáciu našej klientskej základne, ktorá vzrástla v porovnaní s minulým rokom," povedal Evgeny Agureev, riaditeľ United Selling Organization spoločnosti Alrosa. Zatiaľ čo noví zákazníci preukázali dostatočnú "obchodnú aktivitu" na zabezpečenie dlhodobej dodávky, "niekoľko spoločností zo zoznamu upustilo," dodal.

Alrosa tiež prijala dve belgické spoločnosti, HD Diam a skupinu IGC, ako kandidátov na potenciálne budúce dlhodobé zmluvy. Obe firmy predtým kúpili od spoločnosti Alrosa v rámci ad-hoc obchodov, známych ako spotové transakcie.

V minulom roku spoločnosť Alrosa prešla každoročným hodnotením pridelených finančných prostriedkov pre nerovnomerné diamanty, pričom svoju politiku viac zosúladila s politikou spoločnosti De Beers. Podľa starého systému sa spoločnosť Alrosa zaoberá dodávkou klientov, ktoré sa konajú počas troch rokov.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Jan 31, 2019 10:59 AM


Polished trading sluggish with Far East dealers on holiday for Chinese New Year. Reduced expectations for Chinese Year of the Pig after 4Q slowdown. US buyers cautious as Conference Board consumer confidence index falls 5% to 18-month low, due to volatile stock market and government shutdown. High-end luxury doing well. LVMH 4Q jewelry and watch revenue +8% to $1.3B. Rough premiums decline, with continued weakness in low-value goods at $505M De Beers sight. Petra Diamonds 1H sales +8% to $207M, production +10% to 2M cts., average price -6% to $119/ct. Rapaport Group announces trip to Sierra Leone (April 1-4) to highlight artisanal mining industry.

Fancies: Fancy-shape market stable, driven by US and European demand for fashion jewelry. Excellent-cut ovals, pears and emeralds doing well. Supply shortage supporting prices for Pears. Radiants improving. Marquises and Princesses weak. Steady demand for fine-quality 6 to 10 ct. Ovals, Pears and Emeralds, with prices firming for 3 to 5 ct. due to shortages. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. 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: New York market quieter than usual for this time of year. Smaller dealers relying on memo calls rather than sales. Steady interest in 1 to 1.50 ct., G-H, SI goods. Large-stone demand softer. Jewelers concentrating on Valentine’s Day promotions, with focus on engagement rings and anniversary gifts.

Belgium: Polished trading steady and dealers relatively optimistic. Steady demand for 1 ct., D-F, VS-SI goods. 1.50 to 2 ct., D-G, VS-SI also doing well. 5 ct. and larger diamonds slower. Rough trading cautious following last week’s De Beers sight. Cutters and rough dealers concerned about profitability since premiums on the secondary market declined in January.

Israel: Busy activity in the bourse during International Diamond Week. Niche suppliers who are able to provide curated products for their customers are doing well. Buyers looking to fill existing orders rather than build inventory. Steady demand for 1 to 1.50 ct., G-H, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Improving demand for princess-cut, 1.50 to 2.99 ct., G-I, VS2-SI1.

India: Dealers and cutters cautious as US restocking is slower than expected.Low volume of new goods coming to the market, with significant slowdown in diamond manufacturing. Inventory levels high and suppliers offering old stock at deeper discounts. Steady demand for SI-I1 clarity goods. Concerns about tight profit margins and reduced bank credit. Rough trading relatively slow following De Beers sight.

Hong Kong: Diamond market quiet, with dealers on vacation during Chinese New Year. Business expected to resume in mid-February ahead of Hong Kong show. Jewelry retail sales stable, with steady engagement ring demand for the Lunar festival and Valentine’s Day. Good demand for 1 ct., F-H, VS-SI, 3X goods. Gemstones and fancy-color diamonds selling well for the season, particularly rubies and emeralds.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Feb 7, 2019 10:59 AM

Far East trading quiet during Chinese New Year. Market cautious due to weak demand, tight profitability and reduced bank credit. Selective buyers creating shortages of excellent-cut (3X, none) diamonds, but prices of lower-quality goods softening due to excess supply. 1 ct. RAPI -0.4% in Jan. Manufacturers maintaining low production as profit margins are squeezed by high rough prices. Letšeng 4Q sales -40% to $42M, average price -43% to $1,259/ct. Belgium 2018 rough imports flat at $10.7B. Pandora 2018 sales flat at $3.5B, profit -13% to $773M. RapNet introduces jewelry to trading network. The Rapaport Group wishes all our friends a happy and successful Chinese New Year.

Fancies: Fancy-shape market stable, driven by US and European demand for fashion jewelry. Excellent-cut ovals, pears and emeralds doing well. Supply shortage supporting prices for Pears. Radiants improving. Marquises and Princesses weak. Steady demand for fine-quality 6 to 10 ct. Ovals, Pears and Emeralds, with prices firming for 3 to 5 ct. due to shortages. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. 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: New York trading stable but lacking usual first-quarter buzz. Shortage of better-quality diamonds supporting prices. Large availability of lower qualities such as brown, green, milky (BGM) stones. A lot of goods out on memo. Dealers concerned about lack of industry financing and growing demand for synthetics. Retailers focused on Valentine’s Day promotions. Solitaire jewelry selling well, and rose-gold rings gaining popularity.

Belgium: Dealer sentiment mixed amid sluggish polished trading and concern about high rough prices. Fewer post-Christmas orders than last year. 3X, no-fluorescence stones selling at firm prices. Stable demand in 1 ct., H, VS1, 3X diamonds. Rough trading slow, with some dealers making a loss on the secondary market.

Israel: Positive momentum from International Diamond Week at the end of January. Niche suppliers of large stones, fancy shapes and fancy-color diamonds doing well. Low availability of bread-and-butter, 1 ct., D-J, VS2-I1, RapSpec A2+ goods, with buyers relying on overseas suppliers. Weak demand for 3 to 5 ct., D-H, IF-VVS2 diamonds, with prices softening despite low inventory.

India: Polished trading quiet. Foreign dealers in Mumbai looking for bargains. Relatively low amount of new merchandise available, as manufacturers keep production down due to tight profits and sluggish demand. High gold prices weighing on jewelry retail sales. Jewelry wholesalers and diamond dealers hoping for boost at next week’s IIJS Signature show (Feb. 10 to 13).

Hong Kong: Jewelry wholesalers and diamond dealers on vacation during Chinese New Year. Activity expected to resume in two weeks and pick up around the Hong Kong show (Feb. 28 to Mar. 4). Polished inventory levels down since January, but remain significantly higher than this time last year. Jewelers focused on selling to Chinese tourists.
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