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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
May 21, 2020 11:02 AM

Diamond trading remains at historic lows due to reduced demand and continued lockdown in important US market. Service providers resume operations. GIA opens five global labs. Israel Diamond Exchange to unlock trading floor on May 24. Focus shifting to marketing strategies to stimulate recovery, with emphasis on digital channels. Diamonds as symbol of values and emotional connection to be central theme as consumers emerge from period of isolation. Diamond Producers Association to drop ‘‘Real is Rare’’ campaign in complete brand overhaul on June 1. Baselworld to change name and venue in 2021. De Beers urges manufacturers to keep supply chains open, even at drastically reduced levels, as India postpones rough-import moratorium to June 1.

Fancies: Fancy shapes sluggish amid lockdown of US retail. Weakness across all categories, including top makes and large sizes, as luxury brands temporarily shut stores. Downtrend due to external forces beyond industry’s control and affecting all products. Inventory still low in some categories of Pears and Ovals, but very little demand. High availability of other categories, with Cushions showing similar price declines to rounds. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Retail cautiously reopening in some states. Sector suffers sharpest monthly decline on record in April, with sales down 16% from previous month, according to National Retail Federation. New York still on lockdown but curbside pickup now allowed. Diamond district remains closed. US March polished imports -66% to $750M, polished exports -44% to $936M.

Belgium: Short week due to Ascension Day public holiday on May 21. Trading floors have reopened following lockdown, but bourses quiet and staff working reduced hours. Most demand is from Hong Kong, with shipments possible following gradual return of customs offices and cargo travel. City of Antwerp announces extra financial help for struggling companies. Richemont — owner of Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels — predicts potential three-year recovery, reports FY jewelry sales +2% to $7.8B, operating profit -7% to $2.3B.

Israel: Trading floor to reopen May 24 with altered format to enable social distancing. Businesses operating but trading slow as partners in US and India remain in lockdown. Government agrees to Israel Diamond Exchange plea for financial support for diamond companies. Bourse president Yoram Dvash sets up campaign committee to lobby authorities on trade’s behalf.

India: Diamond sector slowly returning despite extension of nationwide lockdown until May 31. Bharat Diamond Bourse reopens for export activities and Surat manufacturing restarts with limited capacity. Trade groups delay recommended 30-day rough-import freeze until June 1 to help companies complete outstanding shipments. March polished exports -48% to $961M, rough imports -65% to $293 million.

Hong Kong: Most of the city now open for business. Diamond wholesalers receiving goods as shipments from trading centers resume. Hong Kong emerges as most important center post-lockdown with US remaining shut. Retail foot traffic slow, with consumers cautious to gather in public spaces. Tourist shopping drastically reduced as two-week quarantine still required for new arrivals. Emphasis remains on online shopping.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jun 4, 2020 11:02 AM
Hong Kong emerging as important trade center with some post-coronavirus demand from China. US market mostly shut. New York and other regional centers closed due to Covid-19. Riots and looting are keeping jewelry stores closed following tragic death of George Floyd. India slowly reopening with Surat operating at 70% but Mumbai in lockdown except for limited staff handling exports. Rough markets at standstill. Limited sight expected in Antwerp. India begins 30-day voluntary rough import freeze. Alrosa allowing deferrals at June contract sale and offering goods online. Petra cancels May sale after rough prices -27% since Feb. DPA rebrands as Natural Diamond Council with tagline “Only Natural Diamonds.” Rapaport Price List returning to weekly publication starting next Thursday, June 11.

Fancies: Fancy shapes sluggish amid lockdown of US retail. Weakness across all categories, including top makes and large sizes. Downtrend affecting all products and stemming from external forces beyond industry’s control. Inventory still low in some categories of Pears and Ovals, but very little demand. High availability of other categories, with Cushions showing similar price declines to rounds. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Growing concern over market recovery as nationwide protests against police brutality turn violent. Stores closing again due to riots after partially reopening following Covid-19 lockdown. Dealers staying away from 47th Street. Jewelers and diamantaires acclimating to new normal and improving e-commerce platforms to facilitate sales.

Belgium: Some improvement in demand as global retail activity gradually returns. Dealers focused on Far East as many US businesses remain shut due to pandemic and recent riots. Rough market quiet, with some appetite for purchases via online platforms. More miners considering viewings in Antwerp given ongoing lockdown in southern Africa and India.

Israel: Trading floor open with social distancing and sanitization measures. Increase in country’s Covid-19 cases raises possibility of tightening restrictions again. Demand mainly from Hong Kong, since US retail and trading centers are still closed.

India: Mumbai lockdown continues; trading offices allowed 10% of workers to facilitate exports. Tropical cyclone also hits Mumbai coast. Surat 70% open for business. Manufacturers commence 30-day voluntary ban on rough imports to ease liquidity. Rough demand at historic lows. Titan Company issues profit warning for first half, noting only marginal sales this fiscal year due to coronavirus shutdown.

Hong Kong: Dealers taking some orders from China. Hong Kong positioned as most active trading center. About 90% of companies have reopened. Retail slow amid reports of second wave of infections in some areas, and concerns about renewed protests against China security laws. Tourist numbers have collapsed, with just 4,100 arrivals in April. China seeing accelerated shift to online shopping during Covid-19 period. Hong Kong sales of jewelry, watches and other luxury items down 77% in April at HKD 1.36 billion ($176 million), the lowest monthly level on reco
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jun 18, 2020 11:02 AM
Sentiment improving as US retail shows signs of recovery with May sales +18% from previous month. Dealers and jewelers anticipating rise in bridal demand. Geopolitical tensions and Covid-19 outbreak in Beijing fueling caution about China. Rough producers see interest in large, investment-grade diamonds; D-IF prices firming in smaller-size polished (0.50 to 2 ct.). Surat factories operating at very low capacity, as India April-May rough imports -94% to $81M, polished exports -79% to $389M. Grib Diamonds sells 90% by value at Antwerp rough auction, with slightly higher prices than March. Industry mourns death of Rosy Blue founder Arunkumar Mehta. GJEPC elects Colin Shah as chairman.

Fancies: Fancy shapes sluggish as US retailers reopen. Dealers hoping for improvement in fancies for engagement rings, as consumers seek alternative, unique designs at lower cost. Inventory is low for 1.50 ct. Ovals and Pears, supporting prices, but demand is still weak. High availability of fancies below 1 ct., with Cushions showing similar price declines to rounds. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Manufacturing and wholesale sectors reopening but trading still slow. Dealers receiving some memo requests, mainly for bridal goods. Suppliers firm on prices in anticipation of stronger activity in the coming weeks as businesses return. Jewelers expecting wave of post-lockdown proposals.

Belgium: Customers placing sporadic orders and demand selective, with no inventory buying. Some movement in 0.30 to 0.90 ct., F-H, VS1 diamonds; 1 ct. slow. Rough market stable at low levels, with De Beers holding sight viewings in Antwerp amid restrictions on travel to Botswana. Coronavirus infection rate stabilizes but lack of Chinese tourists dampens hopes of recovery in European luxury sales.

Israel: Trading limited as diamantaires return to offices. Minimal dealer trading taking place, with growing concern the slow market will continue despite reopening of US retail and global diamond hubs. Some interest in 1 to 1.10 ct., D-F, VVS-VS1 goods. Bourse management meets with Minister of Economy to discuss support for the industry.

India: Sector still partly closed as Covid-19 cases rise. Eight manufacturers shut sections of factory after workers test positive. Virus outbreak in Beijing and India-China border dispute add to concerns about market recovery. Cautious optimism that market can improve before Nov. 14 Diwali festival. Steady demand for 1 ct., D-E, IF-VVS1 goods, especially D-IF stones. Diamond industry observes day of mourning to mark the passing of Arunkumar Mehta.

Hong Kong: Retail recovery in mainland China boosting expectations for polished demand. Online sales improving, especially in smaller diamond sizes. Local Hong Kong jewelry sales weak due to drop in tourism, with government enforcing 14-day quarantine for arrivals. Chinese diamond dealers also staying away. Growing demand for 1 ct., D-H, VS, 3X goods. Inventory levels relatively low, with nice SI2 diamonds in short supply.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jun 25, 2020 11:02 AM
Market uncertainty continues as Covid-19 cases rise again. Polished trading limited, but increase in online searches indicates efforts to fill specific orders. Major jewelers investing in e-commerce to stimulate multichannel sales and ease inventory requirements. Chow Tai Fook sees recovery in mainland China and plans 2020 expansion in lower-tier cities. Manufacturers operating at reduced capacity and facing liquidity strain at current demand levels. Rough easier to source at tenders than contract sales as De Beers and Alrosa maintain higher prices. Sotheby’s Geneva auction totals $13M, with marquise, 7 ct., fancy-intense-pink diamond ring selling for $2.8M ($405,714/ct.).

Fancies: Fancy shapes sluggish as US retailers reopen. Dealers hoping for improvement in fancies for engagement rings as consumers seek alternative designs at lower cost. Diminished inventory of 1.50 ct. Ovals and Pears supporting prices, but demand still weak. High availability of fancies below 1 ct., with Cushions showing similar price declines to rounds. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Sentiment improving as New York dealer market gains some momentum. Orders coming in at reduced levels. Jewelers require melee for bridal collections and note rising interest in lower-priced engagement rings. Memo calls focused on 1.50 to 2.50 ct., F-K, VS-SI goods. 3 ct. and larger slow.

Belgium: Deep concern over economic impact of coronavirus, with reports of more than 1,000 industry jobs lost in Antwerp. More companies offering rough in Antwerp due to travel limitations. Smaller miners and tender houses seeing improved interest in rough at reduced prices. Dealers filling orders for 0.30 to 0.80 ct. polished for retail programs. 1 ct. collection goods also selling well.

Israel: Polished trading sporadic, with preference for local sourcing due to travel restrictions. Buyers very selective and filling orders rather than purchasing for inventory. Suppliers with the right goods are selling at steady prices. Stable interest in 1 ct., D, IF goods. Shift to lower price points for US market.

India: Sentiment cautious amid sluggish demand from local and foreign buyers. Dealers and manufacturers operating at reduced capacity due to ongoing lockdown. Businesses lobbying government to allow extended period for loan repayments. Larger suppliers doing better than smaller companies. Cutters facing tight liquidity due to slump in orders and ongoing expenses.

Hong Kong: Trading slowly picking up as China retail continues to improve. Activity limited as China border is still closed. Expectation of stronger demand from Chinese buyers once travel restrictions are lifted. Local demand weak. Stable market for 1 ct., D-H, VS-SI, 3X polished.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jul 2, 2020 11:02 AM
Polished trading slow despite improved retail sales in China. US jewelers limiting purchases, as they have enough inventory to meet 3Q demand. Trade sees potential for good holiday season since consumers are not spending on travel. Major retailers investing in technology to drive multichannel sales. Savvy independents nurturing ties with local communities to maintain market share. Rough market quiet. De Beers and Alrosa prepared to sell fewer diamonds at higher prices through the downturn. India extends voluntary ban on rough imports. Christie’s sets record with online sale of emerald, 28.86 ct., D, VVS1 diamond ring for $2.1M ($73,284/ct.). GIA, IGI reopen NY labs.

Fancies: Fancy shape sales sluggish as US retailers reopen. Dealers hoping for improvement in fancy shape engagement rings as consumers seek alternative designs at lower cost. Reduced inventory of 1.50 ct. Ovals and Pears supporting prices, but demand still weak. High availability of fancies below 1 ct., with Cushions showing similar price declines to rounds. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Retail sales improving since the return to business, but some states shutting down again due to spike in coronavirus infections. De Beers notes positive June jewelry sales driven by gift purchases. Polished trading slow. Dealers happy to be back in the market and are skipping their usual July summer break. Focus on filling memo calls for bridal goods.

Belgium: Traders more optimistic about post-coronavirus opportunities. Stable demand for 0.30 to 0.90 ct., F-H, VVS1-VS2 and 1 to 2 ct. (3X, no fluorescence) diamonds. Very few overseas buyers due to travel restrictions. Low rough sales expected to continue in July even as Alrosa considers viewings in Antwerp.

Israel: Market slow. Local trade targeting US and China retailers via online channels due to travel restrictions. Buyers avoiding inventory purchases. Steady interest in 0.50 ct., D-H, VS2-SI1 diamonds. Shortages supporting market for pear and oval, 1.50 to 2 ct., F-J, VS goods. Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association elects Nissim Zuaretz as president.

India: Sentiment weak as Surat closes down again due to spread of Covid-19 in factories. Tensions with China also fueling caution. Some interest from Hong Kong for dossiers, with stable demand for 1 ct., D-H, VS-SI goods. US inquiries to fill existing orders. Rough trading slow as industry extends moratorium on imports to end of July.

Hong Kong: Shorter week due to Establishment Day holiday on July 1. Trading limited to local dealers, since quarantine requirements for arriving foreigners are restricting activity. More polished going to Shenzhen to serve Chinese buyers. Steady demand for 0.30 to 0.50 ct. and 1 ct., D-H, VS-SI, 3X polished. China jewelry sales maintaining positive momentum, but Hong Kong retail remains weak.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold 1,973.36 +0.79%

Silver 24.38 +3.59%

Platinum 912.03 +0.68%

Palladium 2,115.66 +1.28%


Currencies
Euro $1.18 -0.55%

Pound $1.31 +0.10%

Yuan($) 6.98 -0.45%

Rupee($) 75.02 +0.32%


Indices
S&P 500 2,901.52 +0.01%

FTSE 100 7,432.42 -1.11%

Hang Seng 27,906.59 -0.91%

Shanghai 2,725.25 -0.46%

Sensex 38,645.07 -0.12%


Stocks
Tiffany & Co. $125.36 +0.57%

Signet Jewelers $10.74 -4.19%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 7.63 +1.19%

LVMH €402.65 -0.33%

Petra Diamonds GBX 2.60 -3.70%
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold 1,975.23 -0.05%

Silver 24.33 +0.01%

Platinum 927.42 +0.69%

Palladium 2,105.40 +0.43%


Currencies
Euro $1.18 +0.27%

Pound $1.31 -0.10%

Yuan($) 6.98 +0.01%

Rupee($) 75.02 -0.21%


Indices
S&P 500 2,901.52 +0.01%

FTSE 100 7,432.42 -1.11%

Hang Seng 27,906.59 -0.91%

Shanghai 2,725.25 -0.46%

Sensex 38,645.07 -0.12%


Stocks
Tiffany & Co. $125.47 +0.09%

Signet Jewelers $11.03 +2.70%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 7.63 +1.19%

LVMH €402.65 -0.33%

Petra Diamonds GBX 2.60 -3.70%
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Cena zlata nad 2 000 USD, črtá sa niekde väčšia vojnička??? :roll:

Financial Data
Metals
Gold 2,046.62 +0.38%

Silver 27.65 +2.45%

Platinum 976.76 +0.73%

Palladium 2,213.50 +1.12%


Currencies
Euro $1.18 -0.13%

Pound $1.32 +0.38%

Yuan($) 6.95 +0.14%

Rupee($) 74.99 +0.18%


Indices
S&P 500 2,901.52 +0.01%

FTSE 100 7,432.42 -1.11%

Hang Seng 27,906.59 -0.91%

Shanghai 2,725.25 -0.46%

Sensex 38,645.07 -0.12%


Stocks
Tiffany & Co. $125.21 -0.25%

Signet Jewelers $12.26 +6.61%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 7.63 +1.19%

LVMH €402.65 -0.33%

Petra Diamonds GBX 2.60 -3.70%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Aug 6, 2020 11:18 AM By Rapaport News
Polished market improving due to select demand from US and China. Shortages supporting prices; 1 ct. RAPI +1.9% in July. Jewelers acclimating to new normal by emphasizing digital sales and lower in-store inventory. De Beers considering layoffs and investing in tech to enable more efficient and customized supply. Rough trading slow and availability low after small De Beers and Alrosa sales. Alrosa in talks to sell $500M to $1B of excess supply to Gokhran. India renews appeal to limit rough buying. Chow Sang Sang expects 1H profit -65% to $26M as Hong Kong sees dramatic slump in tourism. AGS lab resumes grading synthetic diamonds after eight-year break.

Fancies: Reduced inventory supporting prices for select fancy shapes. Strength in Ovals and Pears, 1.50 to 2 ct. goods in I-K and VS categories and 3 to 5 ct. SIs. Rising demand for fancies in China helping the market. Excellent cuts and nice shapes in demand. Dealers hoping for improved sales of fancy shape engagement rings as consumers seek alternative designs at lower cost. High availability of fancies below 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Dealers receiving orders from retailers. Focus on bridal. Jewelers are looking for specific items rather than inventory but having difficulty finding the right goods. Steady demand for 0.70 to 1.50 ct., G-H, VS-SI diamonds. Estate jewelry market strong as high-end consumers and collectors seek authentic, branded pieces that hold value.

Belgium: Bourses closed and most companies on vacation through August. Polished suppliers concentrating on European market. Stable demand for collection goods. Rough sentiment mixed, with very little trading and few goods available after last week’s De Beers sight.

Israel: Companies with strong networks in the US and China coping with the crisis better than others. Shortages keeping prices firm in certain categories. Dealers eager to find new supply to fill existing orders. Steady interest in 1 ct., G-H, VS-SI.

India: Outlook improving amid gradual increase in demand from US and China. Manufacturing units running for longer hours but still operating well below capacity. Supply shortages supporting prices for round, 0.30 to 0.50 ct., D-H, IF-VS goods (3X, none) following long period of limited production. Solid market for oval and pear, 1.20 ct. and larger, D-J, VS-SI diamonds. Liquidity tight as buyers forced to delay payments. Local retail sales slow.

Hong Kong: Third Covid-19 wave hurting diamond sector. Infection rate showing signs of slowing but outbreak will take time to bring under control. Wholesalers laying off employees to reduce costs. Trading weak as sellers refuse to lower prices. Retail sluggish amid tourism slump and subdued local sentiment. Polished imports down 50% to $4.6 billion in first half, with exports falling 46% to $3.7 billion.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold 2,033.68 -1.44%

Silver 28.36 -1.94%

Platinum 976.07 -2.24%

Palladium 2,182.29 -2.11%


Currencies
Euro $1.18 -0.91%

Pound $1.31 -0.64%

Yuan($) 6.97 +0.22%

Rupee($) 74.91 -0.06%


Indices
S&P 500 2,901.52 +0.01%

FTSE 100 7,432.42 -1.11%

Hang Seng 27,906.59 -0.91%

Shanghai 2,725.25 -0.46%

Sensex 38,645.07 -0.12%


Stocks
Tiffany & Co. $124.82 -0.17%

Signet Jewelers $12.71 +6.18%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 7.63 +1.19%

LVMH €402.65 -0.33%

Petra Diamonds GBX 2.60 -3.70%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Aug 13, 2020 11:18 AM

Sentiment improving after relatively good trading in July-August. Shortages supporting prices. Fewer dealers active in the market. Suppliers with the right goods that meet selective demand gaining market share. Manufacturers considering higher rough purchases as they assess 4Q inventory requirements. Rough buying limited due to travel restrictions and inflated De Beers and Alrosa prices. Alrosa July rough sales -86% to $23M. Sarine 1H profit of $1.2M vs. loss of $2.8M a year earlier, revenue -0.5% to $22M. Hong Kong 2Q polished imports -45% to $2.2B, exports -47% to $1.7B. GIA to provide full color and clarity grading for synthetics. ABN Amro to cease Hong Kong diamond lending.

Fancies: Reduced inventory supporting prices for select fancy shapes. Strength in Ovals and Pears, 1.50 to 2 ct. goods in I-K and VS categories and 3 to 5 ct. SIs. Rising demand for fancies in China helping the market. Excellent cuts and nice shapes in demand. Dealers hoping for improved sales of fancy-shape engagement rings as consumers seek alternative designs at lower cost. High availability of fancies below 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Stronger retail sales stimulating demand for select polished diamonds. High end doing well, with stock-market wealth boosting spending. Bridal segment strengthening. Stable demand and firm prices for 1 ct., G-H, SI diamonds, with shortages of nice makes. Liquidity tight and suppliers giving longer payment terms to loyal buyers. High gold prices influencing estate jewelers and pawnshops to reevaluate inventory.

Belgium: Market very quiet with many dealers on summer vacation. Bourses closed until end of August. Major manufacturers and dealers cautious about the rough market. Rising concerns about credit shortage when demand improves for contract goods from De Beers and Alrosa.

Israel: Some traffic in the bourse despite usual August summer lull. Sentiment slightly improved as dealers have made some sales and depleted inventories of in-demand goods. Less desirable diamonds available in large volumes. Manufacturers interested in buying rough again because of scarcities, but concerned about limited access to viewings and high prices as De Beers and Alrosa have not lowered prices during the downturn.

India: Trading stable, with dealers trying to fill orders before Jain festival of Paryushan (August 15 to 22). Improving US and Chinese demand for 0.30 to 1 ct., D-I, VVS-SI, RapSpec A3+ (3X, none) diamonds. Fancy shapes doing better, particularly ovals and cushions. Mumbai-based diamantaires frustrated by delays at customs in Bharat Diamond Bourse. Surat operations starting to open again as coronavirus restrictions ease. Rough and polished shortages fueling short-term optimism.

Hong Kong: Dealer market slow amid continued caution about Covid-19 and quiet summer season. Local retail weak due to lack of tourism. Steady interest in 0.80 to 1 ct., D-G, VVS-VS diamonds (3X, none) for engagement rings supporting the trade. Chinese buyers focused on 1 to 2 ct., D-J, VS-SI goods, with sellers maintaining prices amid supply shortages in the category in Hong Kong.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Aug 20, 2020 11:18 AM
Polished market improving as governments ease Covid-19 restrictions. Dealers emphasizing digital trading. US and China driving demand for select categories. Uptrend in 0.30 to 0.89 ct. SIs. Suppliers staying firm on prices as dealers struggle to fill orders. Cutters consider increasing production as expectations rise for holiday season. Alrosa 2Q profit -98% to $3.6M. Tiffany extends traceability program to include where cutting, grading and setting took place. Gary Schuler replaces David Bennett as chairman of Sotheby’s jewelry. Rapaport A3 Diamond Specs changed to exclude faint fluorescence.

Fancies: Reduced inventory supporting prices for select fancy shapes. Ovals and Pears strong in 1.50 to 2 ct., G-K, VS-SI categories and 3 to 5 ct. SIs. Very fine fancy cuts selling at a premium. Rising orders in China helping the market. Excellent cuts and nice shapes in demand. Dealers hoping for improved sales of fancy-shape engagement rings as consumers seek alternative designs at lower cost. High availability of fancies below 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Market active in specific categories. Jewelers insisting on memo supply and avoiding inventory buying. Shortages supporting prices as dealers compete for goods to fill orders. Steady demand for 1 to 3 ct., G-I, VS-SI diamonds. Estate jewelry improving in the secondhand market. Rising interest in fancy yellows.

Belgium: Bourses to remain closed until end of August due to summer vacation. Dealers starting to return from holiday amid increasing demand from US and China. Monthly polished exports reach $580 million in July, up from $469 million in June but down 35% from $898 million year on year. Rough imports 30% below previous year at $376 million.

Israel: Steady memo orders from US driving cautious optimism. Shortages supporting prices of select popular categories. A lot of less-desirable diamonds available. Dealers looking for specific goods are not finding supply. Indian manufacturers maintaining firm prices. Large stones improving in commercial quality ranges, with solid demand for 3 to 5 ct. SIs.

India: Fewer dealers active due to Paryushan Jain festival, which ends over the weekend. Rising demand for rough, with prices firming on the secondary market. Factories operating at 30% to 50% capacity. Businesses gradually increasing operations as government eases restrictions. China and US orders picking up. Some mulling shorter Diwali vacation if improvement continues. Local jewelers gradually reopening but refraining from buying new inventory.

Hong Kong: Sentiment positive as government manages to contain third wave of coronavirus infections. Social distancing measures still in place. Steady orders from China, with focus on 1 to 2 ct., D-K, VS-SI (VG+, no fluorescence). Dealers optimistic for fourth-quarter holiday season after months of pent-up demand. Hong Kong luxury retail continues to struggle. Many stores closing, citing high rent and labor costs.
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Gold 1,925.69 -0.16%

Silver 26.50 -0.38%

Platinum 926.05 +0.69%

Palladium 2,161.36 -0.41%


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Euro $1.18 +0.32%

Pound $1.31 +0.37%

Yuan($) 6.91 -0.11%

Rupee($) 74.25 +0.14%


Indices
S&P 500 2,901.52 +0.01%

FTSE 100 7,432.42 -1.11%

Hang Seng 27,906.59 -0.91%

Shanghai 2,725.25 -0.46%

Sensex 38,645.07 -0.12%


Stocks
Tiffany & Co. $127.03 +0.81%

Signet Jewelers $15.60 +13.29%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 7.63 +1.19%

LVMH €402.65 -0.33%

Petra Diamonds GBX 2.60 -3.70%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Sep 3, 2020 11:31 AM By Rapaport News
Positive sentiment as the trade adapts to the Covid-19 selling environment. Polished prices firming due to shortages. 1 ct. RAPI +3.2% in Aug. Manufacturers seeing better profit margins after De Beers and Alrosa reduced rough prices. Polished production increasing but coronavirus restrictions still limiting Surat factories. Rough trading steady. Momentum likely to continue through October as retailers prepare holiday inventory. Signet Jewelers 2Q sales -35% to $888M, loss of $82M. Macy’s highlights strong jewelry category. Belgium July polished exports -35% to $580M, rough imports -30% to $376M. RapSpec A3 Diamond Specs changed to exclude faint fluorescence.

Fancies: Reduced inventory supporting prices for select fancy shapes. Ovals and Pears strong in 1.50 to 2 ct., G-K, VS-SI categories and 3 to 5 ct. SIs. Very fine fancy cuts selling at a premium. Rising orders in China helping the market. Excellent cuts and nice shapes in demand. Dealers hoping for improved sales of fancy-shape engagement rings as consumers seek alternative designs at lower cost. High availability of fancies below 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Bridal supporting the retail segment as jewelers start to plan inventory for holiday season. Supply shortages leaving dealers struggling to replace better-quality goods they have sold. Solid demand for 1 to 3 ct., G-I, VS-SI, RapSpec A3 diamonds for engagement rings. Scarcity of rounds and ovals stimulating interest in emeralds and princess cuts. Strong market for 5 ct., D, IF diamonds among high-end jewelers.

Belgium: Dealers back from vacation with more optimistic view of market than one month ago. Focus is on European customers starting to prepare for the holiday season. Polished shortages stimulating rough trading as manufacturers gradually raise production levels. De Beers and Alrosa goods selling at a premium on the secondary market. GIA considers shutting Antwerp lab.

Israel: Trading restrained due to lack of supply as dealers try to fill orders. Prices firm, including for less popular goods such as those with medium blue fluorescence. Current polished production not enough to fill scarcities. Stable interest in 1 to 2 ct., D-H, IF-VS2 diamonds.

India: Steady demand from US and China fueling positive sentiment. Momentum expected to continue until Diwali (November 14). Local jewelers not buying, as retailers still only partially open. Certified goods moving better than non-certs. Surat market back open but manufacturing at 30% to 60% capacity. Rough trading busy and showing better profitability following De Beers’ August price corrections.

Hong Kong: Market confidence rising as government continues to ease Covid-19 rules. Demand from China driving activity, but limitations on delivery and foreign currency payments are making cross-border trade difficult for dealers. Luxury retail remains slow due to slump in tourist arrivals. Chow Sang Sang sales down 33% to $828 million in first half, profit down 66% to $27 million. Increase in orders for fancy shapes and fancy-color diamonds. This year’s September show has been canceled after initially being postponed to November.
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Financial Data
Stocks
Tiffany & Co. $114.05 +0.76%

Signet Jewelers $18.28 -2.25%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 7.63 +1.19%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 8.45 +0.96%

Titan INR 1174.55 -1.13%

Richemont CHF 66.64 +0.15%

LVMH €424.00 +0.89%

Swatch Group CHF 216.20 +0.65%

Anglo American GBX 1979.80 +2.19%

Petra Diamonds GBX 2.07 +11.77%

Lucara Diamonds CAD 0.54 0.00%

Gem Diamonds GBX 37.00 +1.37%


Metals
Gold 1,943.33 -0.82%

Silver 26.87 -1.12%

Platinum 949.43 -2.51%

Palladium 2,377.64 -0.76%


Currencies
Euro $1.18 -0.09%

Pound $1.30 +0.03%

Yuan($) 6.77 +0.25%

Rupee($) 73.64 +0.12%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Sep 24, 2020

Polished prices firm amid shortages and improving holiday orders. Trading restrained due to continued rise in Covid-19 cases. Jewelers preparing 4Q marketing with emphasis on e-commerce strategies to drive growth. Retailers pushing dealers for memo. More manufacturers insisting on cash deals. Steady rough buying during sight week as Surat cutters try to increase production and fill polished supply gaps. De Beers reduces prices by 5% to 10% for rough below 1 ct. Dominion gains $46M at first sale since March. US July polished imports -50% to $806M, exports -25% to $868M. Rapaport offices will be closed on Monday, September 28, due to Yom Kippur.

Fancies: Reduced inventory supporting prices for select fancy shapes. Ovals and Pears strong in 1.50 to 2 ct., G-K, VS-SI categories and 3 to 5 ct. SIs. Princesses improving. Excellent cuts and nice shapes in demand and selling at premiums. Rising orders in China helping the market. Dealers hoping for improved sales of fancy-shape engagement rings as consumers seek alternative designs at lower cost. High availability of fancies below 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Steady demand for select categories of polished. Bridal segment robust and seeing solid interest in 1 to 2 ct., G-I, VS-SI diamonds. Fancy shapes also improving. Many retailers taking items on memo, and some beginning to build inventory for the holiday season. Suppliers with the right goods and strong relationships doing well.

Belgium: Focus on local dealer demand and filling US orders. European buyers restrained. Prices firm and shortages apparent in popular categories such as 0.30 to 0.90 ct., G, VS2. Scarcity of both goods and suppliers influencing large-stone market. More polished expected to become available next month as manufacturers gradually raise production. Busy rough trading following De Beers price cuts.

Israel: Bourse activity slow due to country-wide lockdown over Jewish holiday period. Dealers concentrating on US market but restrained by supply shortages. Some orders for lower-quality items due to lack of better makes. Rising interest in fine-cut fancy shapes.

India: Challenging market as Covid-19 cases continue to increase. Polished demand stable after initial growth spurt from economy reopening. Large manufacturers raising production to fill US holiday orders before Diwali break, but operations limited due to worker restrictions. Dossiers and 1 ct.-plus certs doing well. Some improvement in jewelry sales amid stable gold price.

Hong Kong: Gradual improvement as business restrictions ease. Increasing market for large stones in fancy colors and fancy shapes. Dealers careful to obey tax and customs rules after Chinese government crackdown on diamond smuggling led to arrest of 121 people. Expectations for good retail sales in mainland China during October 1 Golden Week. Hong Kong jewelers suffering from lack of tourists.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Oct 1, 2020 11:31 AM By Rapaport News
Trading quiet due to Chinese and Jewish holidays and Covid-19 uncertainty. Expectations low for Oct. 1 Golden Week Hong Kong retail sales. Global brands focusing on China and e-commerce as mainland luxury shoppers limit travel, impacting seasonal sales at Hong Kong, New York and London flagships. Government crackdown on diamond smugglers ensures level playing field for legitimate traders looking to capitalize on Chinese demand. Lower midstream inventory supporting polished prices. 1 ct. RAPI +2.3% in Sep. Orders improving but concerns rising about shipment delays during the pandemic. Rough robust during De Beers sight and achieving steady premiums on the dealer market.

Fancies: Reduced inventory supporting prices for select fancy shapes. Ovals and Pears strong in 1.50 to 2 ct., G-K, VS-SI categories and 3 to 5 ct. SIs. Princesses improving. Excellent cuts and nice shapes in demand and selling at premiums. Rising orders in China helping the market. Dealers hoping for improved sales of fancy-shape engagement rings as consumers seek alternative designs at lower cost. High availability of fancies below 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Positive momentum as jewelers prepare for the holiday season. Bridal driving demand as the industry looks to capitalize on “For Moments Like No Other” fourth-quarter advertising campaign. Some looking to buy inventory but focus is on memo calls. Steady interest in 1 to 2.99 ct., G-H, VVS-VS goods. Commercial-quality melee also selling well due to orders from large jewelry manufacturers.

Belgium: Dealers optimistic amid continued upturn since end of lockdown. Solid US demand for dossiers. Increasing shift to parcel goods due to shortages of certs. A lot of inquiries without mazal as buyers take time to assess prices and potential resale value. Large-stone segment tough. Rough market active. De Beers boxes selling at around 3% to 4% premium.

Israel: Polished trading quiet with businesses closed for the Jewish holiday period. National lockdown also limiting activity. Restrictions expected to continue for at least two weeks to contain alarming rise in Covid-19 cases. Focus on filling US orders. Not a lot of new goods on the market.

India: Market improving. Steady demand for round, 1 to 5 ct., I-L, VVS-VS diamonds. Growing interest in melee. Ovals, emeralds, pears and cushions moving well. Shortages supporting trade as production remains at estimated 60% capacity. Suppliers maintaining firm prices. Some concerns about buyers missing payments.

Hong Kong: Short week due to October 1 Mid-Autumn Festival. Lack of tourism is weighing on retail. Hong Kong sales of jewelry, watches and other valuable items down 38% at $318 million in August. Local consumer sentiment improving as Covid-19 rules loosen. Stronger expectations for Chinese demand as mainland shoppers continue spending domestically.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Oct 8, 2020 9:00 AM By Rapaport News
Diamond market sentiment improving ahead of holiday season. Polished prices stable. Strong bridal category supporting the trade. Some jewelers buying for inventory but main focus is on memo. Selective demand has left dealers struggling to fill orders due to scarcity of stones in specific categories. Manufacturers trying to raise production after robust rough buying at lower prices in Aug.-Sep. Covid-19 restrictions limiting operations and trading activity. Sotheby’s raises $39M (77% by lot) at HK Magnificent Jewels; sold oval, 102 ct., D, FL diamond for $15.7M ($153,285/ct.) in special online auction. Rapaport Auctions sells $7M in Sep. (84% melee and 80% single stone lots sold).

Fancies: Reduced inventory supporting prices for select fancy shapes. Ovals and Pears strong in 1.50 to 2 ct., G-K, VS-SI categories and 3 to 5 ct. SIs. Princesses improving. Excellent cuts and nice shapes in demand and selling at premiums. Rising orders in China helping the market. Dealers hoping for increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings as consumers seek alternative designs at lower cost. High availability of fancies below 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Rising expectations for the holidays. Jewelers focusing on commitment jewelry and seeing steady sales of engagement rings and eternity bands. Other segments like silver and fashion jewelry lagging. Solid dealer interest in 1 to 2.50 ct., G-I, VS-SI goods. Retailers mainly working off memo. Some larger chains making inventory orders, stimulating demand for melee. Some improvement in cushions, ovals and emeralds.

Belgium: Market quiet. Many Jewish diamantaires taking vacation during the religious holidays. Trading selective. Suppliers focused on EU are doing well. Other markets slow because of travel restrictions. Steady demand for 1 to 4 ct., H+, VS-SI goods. European retail sluggish due to lack of tourists.

Israel: Very little activity in diamond exchange during seven-day Sukkot festival. Business limited amid nationwide lockdown to curb Covid-19 infections. Protests adding to uncertainty. Dealers and memo houses mainly sourcing supply for US clients.

India: Demand improving ahead of US holiday season. Suppliers struggling to fill orders due to shortages and shipment delays. Manufacturers raising production to close supply gaps before Diwali (November 14). Large factories operating at 60% to 70% capacity in keeping with social distancing rules. Smaller businesses able to work at higher capacities. Retail jewelers gaining confidence for Diwali as consumers get used to new in-store protocols.

Hong Kong: Wholesale trading slow during Golden Week (October 1 to 7). Retail activity in line with low expectations as tourist traffic from China remains restricted. Mainland sales growing but still an estimated one-third below last year’s holiday levels.
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Financial Data
Stocks
Tiffany & Co. $118.41 +0.37%

Signet Jewelers $20.83 -0.38%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 7.63 +1.19%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 8.34 -1.30%

Titan INR 1255.20 +0.08%

Richemont CHF 62.52 +0.45%

LVMH €411.90 +1.15%

Swatch Group CHF 219.80 -1.26%

Anglo American GBX 1950.40 +3.54%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.75 +3.07%

Lucara Diamonds CAD 0.50 0.00%

Gem Diamonds GBX 39.50 +1.28%


Metals
Gold 1,924.45 +1.60%

Silver 25.20 +5.41%

Platinum 888.29 +2.32%

Palladium 2,444.05 +2.52%


Currencies
Euro $1.18 +0.49%

Pound $1.30 +0.82%

Yuan($) 6.71 -1.13%

Rupee($) 73.22 -0.11%
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Financial Data
Stocks
Tiffany & Co. $118.96 +0.24%

Signet Jewelers $21.84 +3.80%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 7.63 +1.19%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 8.34 0.00%

Titan INR 1228.85 -2.22%

Richemont CHF 63.02 0.00%

LVMH €416.75 -0.36%

Swatch Group CHF 218.70 -0.41%

Anglo American GBX 1941.20 +0.58%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.65 -0.48%

Lucara Diamonds CAD 0.50 -1.00%

Gem Diamonds GBX 38.40 -0.78%


Metals
Gold 1,893.75 -0.36%

Silver 23.99 -1.02%

Platinum 855.83 -0.62%

Palladium 2,348.61 -0.18%


Currencies
Euro $1.17 -0.39%

Pound $1.29 -0.66%

Yuan($) 6.73 +0.25%

Rupee($) 73.45 +0.20%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Oct 15, 2020 10:30 AM
Rising expectations for US holiday season. Retailers beginning early promotions and planning for longer 4Q selling period to avoid overcrowding among last-minute shoppers. Shortages supporting polished prices after manufacturing down by estimated 50% in 2020. Large volume of new polished expected to become available before year’s end following strong 3Q rough buying. De Beers Sep. sales +57% to $467M, Alrosa +28% to $328M. GIA launches four digital synthetic-diamond reports specifying 4Cs and growth method. New CIBJO guidelines say lab-grown diamonds should get “product specifications” instead of grading reports in order to preserve rarity of natural diamonds.

Fancies: Reduced inventory supporting prices for select fancy shapes. Ovals and Pears strong in 1.50 to 2 ct., G-K, VS-SI categories and 3 to 5 ct. SIs. Princesses improving. Excellent cuts and nice shapes in demand and selling at premiums. Rising orders in China helping the market. Dealers hoping for increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings as consumers seek alternative designs at lower cost. High availability of fancies below 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Positive sentiment as jewelers order goods for the holiday season. Steady memo calls as retailers limit owned inventory in the Covid-19 economy. Solid demand for rounds in 0.70 to 1.50 ct., G-I, VS-SI to satisfy thriving bridal market. Cushions and ovals also doing well. Shortages of stronger items leaving dealers struggling to replace merchandise they’ve sold.

Belgium: More caution than in previous weeks due to spike in coronavirus infections. Good European demand as limited travel prompts dealers to focus on the local market. UK, Germany and Italy are strongest centers. Online selling also robust. Rough activity stable after large De Beers and Alrosa September sales.

Israel: Business quiet as government extends lockdown beyond Jewish holidays to at least October 18. Orders steady in US but slow in Far East, particularly Hong Kong. Shortages supporting prices for certain categories, but large volume of goods expected to become available as production levels rise. Solid interest in 0.50 to 1 ct., D-H VS-SIs. Cushions and radiants improving and showing firm prices.

India: Trading stable, with steady demand for round, 1 ct., G-J, VS diamonds. Demand from local jewelers up as well. Polishing factories operating at around 70% capacity as manufacturers prepare for rise in holiday orders. Companies planning shorter Diwali break of five to seven days to boost sales. Good market for fancy shapes above 1 ct.

Hong Kong: Slow retail sales during important Golden Week shopping period due to slump in tourism and weak consumer sentiment. Mainland China more upbeat amid good local luxury spending. Tse Sui Luen warns of $5.2 million loss in fiscal first half as coronavirus-related restrictions ravage Hong Kong sales. Rising dealer demand for 1 to 2 ct., D-H, VVS-VS diamonds.
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Financial Data
Stocks
Tiffany & Co. $122.19 -0.43%

Signet Jewelers $23.07 +1.23%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 7.63 +1.19%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 8.33 +1.83%

Titan INR 1228.80 +0.46%

Richemont CHF 62.64 +0.19%

LVMH €432.30 -0.07%

Swatch Group CHF 210.70 +0.10%

Anglo American GBX 1972.40 +0.89%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.57 -0.76%

Lucara Diamonds CAD 0.50 +1.02%

Gem Diamonds GBX 37.50 -1.06%


Metals
Gold 1,919.27 +0.60%

Silver 25.01 +1.37%

Platinum 877.68 +0.07%

Palladium 2,407.10 +0.15%


Currencies
Euro $1.19 +0.27%

Pound $1.30 +0.81%

Yuan($) 6.66 -0.30%

Rupee($) 73.63 +0.22%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Oct 22, 2020 10:30 AM
Sentiment improving as holiday orders and shortages support polished prices. Cutters planning brief Diwali break amid rise in production. US holiday shoppers expected to keep spending in line with last year at average of $998, says NRF. Jewelers with strong digital presence doing well. Fewer 3Q bankruptcies than expected as JBT reports US industry decline of 3% to 24,258 businesses. China strong. Chow Tai Fook 2Q mainland sales +21%, Hong Kong -52%. LVMH 3Q jewelry & watch sales -14% to $1.1B. Miners’ rough inventory increasing: De Beers 3Q production -4% to 7.2M cts., sales -11% to 6.6M cts. Alrosa 3Q revenue -4% to $589M, price index -7%. Chaim Pluczenik elected AWDC president.

Fancies: Reduced inventory supporting prices for select fancy shapes. Ovals and Pears strong in 1.50 to 2 ct., G-K, VS-SI categories and 3 to 5 ct. SIs. Princesses improving. Excellent cuts and nice shapes in demand and selling at premiums. Rising orders in China helping the market. Dealers hoping for increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings as consumers seek alternative designs at lower cost. High availability of fancies below 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Sentiment mixed. Rate of recovery varying according to type of goods and digital strategy. Pandemic has intensified split between omni-channel and offline retailers. Holiday demand rising. Emphasis on memo supply. Steady bridal sales ahead of engagement season. Dealers struggling to replace popular goods. Estate jewelry moving well.

Belgium: Government tightening restrictions as coronavirus infections rise. Concerns about impact on local diamond businesses. Travel restrictions preventing traders from sourcing goods. Sustained orders for 0.50 to 0.90 ct. and 1 ct., E-G, VVS-SI (3X) diamonds. Weaker demand for larger stones. Yellow and pink diamonds improving.

Israel: Market quiet despite lifting of nationwide lockdown. Bourse reopens trading halls with restrictions on capacity. Companies holding old inventory; fresh goods hard to source and selling fast. Steady demand for 1 ct., D-H, VS-SI diamonds.

India: Holiday orders from US and China driving business. Shortages supporting prices for 1 to 2.99 ct. diamonds. Polished production continues to rise. Manufacturers planning shorter Diwali break amid rush to fill seasonal demand. Growing interest in lower colors. Domestic sales up as Indian festival period approaches, signaling start of wedding season.

Hong Kong: Local market quieter than usual in lead-up to Chinese New Year. Luxury sales limited as tourism remains slow. Mainland demand improving as consumers shop domestically. Hong Kong-based jewelers seeing mixed results. Chow Tai Fook thriving in China but Luk Fook struggling. Strong spending outlook for affluent Chinese.
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Financial Data
Stocks
Tiffany & Co. $123.54 +0.73%

Signet Jewelers $26.54 +7.93%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 7.63 +1.19%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 8.65 +2.13%

Titan INR 1241.70 +1.00%

Richemont CHF 63.00 +0.67%

LVMH €428.00 +0.19%

Swatch Group CHF 208.30 +1.02%

Anglo American GBX 1984.40 +1.69%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.46 +4.14%

Lucara Diamonds CAD 0.48 -5.00%

Gem Diamonds GBX 36.50 +0.55%


Metals
Gold 1,900.07 -0.20%

Silver 24.21 -2.07%

Platinum 892.02 +0.57%

Palladium 2,364.37 -1.01%


Currencies
Euro $1.18 -0.11%

Pound $1.30 -0.31%

Yuan($) 6.70 +0.27%

Rupee($) 73.93 +0.33%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Nov 5, 2020 10:30 AM
High voter turnout as US election reflects divided country. Rising expectations for holidays despite American election uncertainty and second round of Covid-19 lockdowns. Consumer spending expected to be in line with last year. Jewelers begin seasonal promotions early, with emphasis on e-commerce. Polished prices stabilizing as buyers complete holiday orders. 1 ct. RAPI +1% in Oct. Rough trading steady during De Beers sight, but demand slower than last month. Smaller goods weak. Hong Kong 3Q polished imports -32% to $2.7B, polished exports -2% to $2.8B. Rio Tinto’s iconic Argyle mine ends production, having recovered 825 million carats in 37-year life.

Fancies: Reduced inventory supporting prices for select fancy shapes. Ovals and Pears strong in 1.50 to 2 ct., G-K, VS-SI categories and 3 to 5 ct. SIs. Princesses improving. Excellent cuts and nice shapes in demand and selling at premiums. Rising orders in China helping the market. Dealers hoping for increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings as consumers seek alternative designs at lower cost. High availability of fancies below 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Sentiment mixed due to uncertainty about this week’s elections. Dealers concerned about potential impact of voting results on Manhattan businesses. Rising expectations for festive season. Retailers preparing for a spike in online sales. Wholesalers busy filling orders as stores plan final holiday collections and promotions. Bridal supporting the market with good demand for 1 to 2 ct., G-I, VS-SI diamonds.

Belgium: Confidence down due to rise in Covid-19 cases. Businesses remain open but not seeing much activity. Very little inventory buying. European jewelers and luxury houses have reduced their holiday expectations. Rough trading stable; focus is on larger goods for polished above 1 carat. Industry mourns the passing of Jacques Korn, former president of the Antwerp Diamond Bourse, and Prabodh Mehta of Antwerp-based Gembel Diamonds.

Israel: Dealers looking for the right goods. Business as usual for sought-after items, but trading in bread-and-butter categories is down. Focus on filling US orders and meeting specific China demand. Bourse seeing steady traffic but not many transactions. Improvement in lower-color, 0.30 to 0.89 ct. diamonds. Prices for D-H, IF-VS2 have softened since peaking in October. Rise in availability of 1 ct., I-M, IF-SI stones. Yoram Dvash elected chairman of Israel Diamond Institute.

India: Polished suppliers regaining optimism amid solid interest from the US and China. Wedding season stimulating local jewelry retail sector, but gold more dominant than diamonds. Rough trading stable during sight week. Manufacturing at 70% to 90% of capacity. Factories planning shorter Diwali break of three to five days rather than two weeks; festival falls on November 14. Polished inventory levels rising. GJEPC calls on government to reduce polished import duty from 7.5% to 2.5% in 2021 budget.

Hong Kong: Dealer market quiet as travel remains limited to local residents and requires two-week quarantine on arrival. Stores struggling due to lack of Chinese tourist shoppers and weak domestic sentiment. China retail positive. Steady mainland orders for 0.50 ct., G, VVS2 and 1 ct., G-H, VVS2-VS1 RapSpec A3 diamonds. Jewelers preparing inventory for Chinese New Year on February 12.
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