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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Feb 18, 2021 11:30 AM
Polished dealers optimistic. Positive momentum amid busy Valentine’s Day in US and initial reports of robust Chinese New Year season. Asian market shut for lunar festival. E-commerce driving growth; online accounting for nearly 25% of total retail in China. Kering 2020 jewelry sales weak in Europe, strong in Asia. Brands gaining market share in India, with Titan Company FY3Q sales +17% to $1.1B, profit +12% to $73M. Rough trading stable as cutters maintain production levels. Petra Diamonds FY1H revenue -8% to $178M, profit of $2.7M vs. loss of $10.2M a year earlier. India Jan. polished exports +9% to $1.8B, rough imports +65% to $1.3B.

Fancies: Stable demand for select fancy shapes as consumers seek alternative designs at more affordable prices than rounds. Dealers hoping for increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds and Radiants above 2 ct. Cushion, Princess and Marquise improving. Buyers showing preference for elongated shapes with the right proportions. Excellent cuts in demand and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. High availability of fancies below 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Positive momentum continues with steady wholesale and retail activity. Jewelry proving highly desirable during the pandemic. Strong engagement ring sales during Valentine’s Day. Wedding bands slightly down. Ovals and pears performing well, as are radiants and emeralds with the right proportions.

Belgium: Sentiment improving despite ongoing lockdown. Favorable supply-demand balance fueling confidence. Dossiers selling nicely. US orders supporting the market. Rough commanding a premium on the secondary market ahead of next week’s De Beers sight.

Israel: Activity starting to resume at bourse as one-month lockdown eases. Trading steady and polished exports continue to rise, diamond comptroller reports. Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) lobbying to become a free-trade zone. Focus on elections for new IDE president and board.

India: Market stable. Good demand for 1 ct. and larger. Dossiers moving well. US buyers focusing on 0.30 to 0.70 ct., H-K diamonds; Hong Kong customers purchasing D-F colors in the same size range. Suppliers concentrating on American orders as China remains quiet during post-holiday period. Fancy shapes strong. Polished production at full capacity. Rough hard to source due to high prices. Lab-grown prices falling.

Hong Kong: Business slow with Chinese manufacturers and wholesalers still closed for lunar new year. Local Hong Kong demand weak due to lack of tourism. Trade optimistic about mainland pre-holiday sales results, as economy has recovered well from Covid-19 crisis. More than half of China’s 2021 retail revenue will come from online purchasing, eMarketer predicts.
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Financial Data
Stocks
Tiffany & Co. $131.46 0.00%

Signet Jewelers $49.12 +6.41%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 7.63 +1.19%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 10.88 +1.49%

Titan INR 1405.25 -1.42%

Richemont CHF 87.88 -0.72%

LVMH €542.90 +0.20%

Swatch Group CHF 266.50 -0.49%

Anglo American GBX 2870.00 +3.80%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.75 +0.17%

Lucara Diamonds CAD 0.83 +2.47%

Gem Diamonds GBX 49.45 +0.71%


Metals
Gold 1,804.48 -0.04%

Silver 27.74 +0.32%

Platinum 1,268.78 +2.20%

Palladium 2,366.77 +0.59%


Currencies
Euro $1.22 +0.07%

Pound $1.42 +0.35%

Yuan($) 6.45 -0.31%

Rupee($) 72.37 -0.05%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Feb 25, 2021 11:30 AM
Positive outlook for 2021 amid steady jewelry sales in US and China. Polished inventory rising. More goods going to GIA for grading. Rough market buoyant as De Beers and Alrosa raise prices again by 3% to 5%. Manufacturing profit margins may come under pressure as slower summer season approaches. De Beers 2020 revenue -27% to $3.4B, loss of $102M vs. 2019 profit of $45M. Rio Tinto 2020 diamond sales -26% to $459M, profit of $9M vs. $21M loss. US 2020 polished imports -39% to $11.8B. GIA uncovers several lab-grown and treated stones carrying natural-diamond reports and fake inscriptions. Boaz Moldawsky elected president of the Israel Diamond Exchange.

Fancies: Stable demand for select fancy shapes as consumers seek alternative designs at more affordable prices than rounds. Dealers hoping for increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds and Radiants above 2 ct. Cushion, Princess and Marquise improving. Buyers showing preference for elongated shapes with the right proportions. Excellent cuts in demand and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. High availability of fancies below 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Sentiment relatively upbeat in wholesale and retail markets. Polished trading seasonally slower in February than January. High end doing well, with more consumers relating to diamonds as a store of value. Engagement rings strong amid hopes that Covid-19 restrictions will end in time for summer wedding season. Large volume of goods expected to become available in the coming months.

Belgium: Rough market positive following De Beers price hikes. Polished trading steady. Dealers and manufacturers concerned about tightening profit margins. Solid demand for 0.30 to 0.60 ct., G-J, VVS-SI goods; 1 ct. also selling well in those categories.

Israel: Activity in the bourse improving after lifting of month-long lockdown. Polished inventory levels rising. Dealers maintaining polished prices following rough increases. US supporting the market as jewelers replace merchandise they sold during holiday season. Steady orders for 1 ct., G-H, VS-SI diamonds.

India: Confident outlook for rest of 2021 amid drop in Covid-19 cases and reduced restrictions. Good demand for 0.30 ct. to 0.70 ct. diamonds. Hong Kong buyers showing interest in D-G colors; US market focused on H-K. Melee moving well. 1 ct. stones strong in SI clarities. Positive reports from physical Surat Sparkle exhibition.

Hong Kong: Dealers optimistic as Chinese stores continue making orders during quiet season after lunar new year. Strong demand for GIA-graded, 1 ct., D-H, VS2-SI2, 3X diamonds. 2 ct. also moving well in G-I, SI, VG+ qualities. Local retail market slow amid tight Covid-19 rules and lack of tourist arrivals. Mainland activity better, with low-end jewelry seeing successful sales on e-commerce sites.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,724.85 +0.00%

Silver $26.16 -1.54%

Platinum $1,188.51 -0.04%

Palladium $2,369.00 +0.44%


Currencies
Euro $1.20 -0.27%

Pound $1.39 -0.34%

Yuan($) 6.47 +0.06%

Rupee($) 73.36 +0.10%


Stocks
Tiffany & Co. $131.46 0.00%

Signet Jewelers $49.78 -2.39%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 7.63 +1.19%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 10.52 -2.23%

Titan INR 1,406.90 -1.92%

Richemont CHF 87.58 -1.02%

LVMH €525.00 -1.13%

Swatch Group CHF 271.20 +0.59%

Anglo American GBX 2,841.50 +1.46%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.70 +1.19%

Lucara Diamonds CAD 0.79 -1.25%

Gem Diamonds GBX 47.50 -3.16%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Mar 4, 2021 11:30 AM
Market sentiment upbeat. Steady trading levels supported by US demand and gradual return of Chinese buyers. Retailers optimistic amid expectations that Covid-19 vaccine rollout and $1.9 trillion stimulus will boost economy. E-commerce still driving growth. Polished prices stable; 1 ct. RAPI +0.8% in Feb. Manufacturers concerned about tightening profit margins following rough-price hikes in last three months. Alrosa 4Q revenue +55% to $1.3B, profit +82% to $288M. Sarine 2020 revenue -20% to $41M. De Beers piloting project to track value by monitoring sightholders’ use of supply. Stuart Samuels elected president of Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America.

Fancies: Stable demand for select fancy shapes as consumers seek alternative designs at more affordable prices than rounds. Dealers hoping for increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds and Radiants above 2 ct. Cushion, Princess and Marquise improving. Buyers showing preference for elongated shapes with the right proportions. Excellent cuts in demand and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. High availability of fancies below 1 ct. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Steady wholesale activity. Wealthy consumers are spending and stimulus checks have boosted confidence. Bridal sales maintaining positive momentum despite end of traditional engagement season. Buyers showing interest in 1 to 2 ct., G-I, SI center stones. Demand for fancies focused on F-H, VS goods. Ovals and cushions in 3 to 7 ct. sizes moving well.

Belgium: Dealers optimistic as polished trading approaches pre-pandemic levels. Stable orders for 0.50 to 0.90 ct., I-M, IF-VS diamonds. Low clarities and VG+ cuts doing well. None-to-faint fluorescence selling at premium. Strong appetite for rough despite high prices.

Israel: Polished demand recovering; bourse activity returning. More customers purchasing for inventory. Chinese buyers back in the market after lunar new year but remaining cautious. Dealers planning business trips to US amid hopes of improvement in Covid-19 situation. High rough prices restricting profit margins.

India: Positive sentiment amid steady US and Far East orders. Rising interest in melee and in uncertified 0.30 to 0.50 ct., I-J, SI goods. Ovals, pears and emeralds improving. Dealers expecting supply shortages as miners’ high prices deter rough buyers. Manufacturing rates slowing among mid-tier and smaller cutting firms.

Hong Kong: Wholesale market quiet following end of peak season. Retailers maintaining low inventory now that holiday period is over. Dealers concerned ongoing travel restrictions will make for challenging year due to lack of overseas buyers and trade shows. Vaccine rollout fueling hopes of Chinese border reopening.
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RAPAPORT... Sales momentum continued for the two largest diamond miners in February amid higher rough prices and strong retail demand in the US and China.

De Beers raked in $550 million at its second sales cycle of the year, an increase of 52% versus the equivalent trading session in 2020, it reported Wednesday. Alrosa saw more moderate growth of 7% for a total of $372 million at its February sale, with rough revenue up 5% at $361 million. Polished sales at the Russian miner jumped to $12 million from $4.1 million a year earlier.

“Midstream buyers continued to express healthy demand following better-than-expected retail sales of diamond jewelry over Christmas, Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day, with the industry now set to enter what is traditionally a period of lower seasonal demand,” said De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver.

The miners increased prices by around 3% to 5% at the sale, reversing some of the price cuts they implemented in the second half of 2020, market insiders said. The improvements also reflected comparisons with last year’s weak February, which was the first month in which the coronavirus heavily affected the rough market.

Both companies’ February 2021 sales were lower than in January, which is usually the largest sight of the year as the industry restocks after the US holidays. De Beers’ revenues from the first two sessions of the year jumped 33% to $1.21 billion, while sales at Alrosa gained 7% to $802 million, according to Rapaport calculations based on the companies’ announcements.

The strong February sales meant that $911 million in rough diamonds from De Beers and Alrosa entered the market for the month, compared with $704.3 million a year earlier. However, industry stock levels are no major cause for concern, the Russian company said.

“We believe the current supply and demand balance is comfortable for both miners and buyers of rough diamonds,” commented Evgeny Agureev, Alrosa’s deputy CEO.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Mar 11, 2021 11:30 AM By Rapaport News
Positive trading amid US and China retail recovery. Jewelry continues to perform well as consumers seek meaningful products that retain value. US jewelers optimistic after Senate approves $1.9 trillion stimulus bill and as vaccine rollout gains momentum. Jewelry sales +6% in Feb., Mastercard reports. Large manufacturers emerging from pandemic with improved liquidity, profit and market share. Miners seeing robust rough demand ahead of 2Q seasonal slowdown. De Beers Feb. sales +52% to $550M, Alrosa +5% to $361M. Petra Diamonds sells 299.3 ct. rough to Stargems for $12.2M ($40,695/ct.). Israel Feb. rough exports +21% to $124M with boost from new UAE trade deal.

Fancies: Market for fancies improving, with some higher prices as consumers seek alternative shapes at more affordable prices than rounds. Dealers witnessing increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds and Radiants above 2 ct. Cushion, Princess and Marquise improving. Buyers showing preference for elongated shapes with the right proportions. Excellent cuts in demand and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Dealer market upbeat. Steady orders for 1 to 2 ct., D-I, VS-SI goods. Fancies also moving well, particularly emeralds and elongated ovals, cushions and radiants. Traders finding it difficult to replace sold items. Scarcities persist despite strong rough buying over last three months.

Belgium: Positive sentiment amid steady turnover. Inventory levels down. Dealers looking for goods to fill orders. 1 to 2 ct., D-F, VS-SIs are best-sellers. Stable demand for 3 ct., I-K, VVS-SI. Rough trading robust; some dealers struggling to find supply.

Israel: Market returning to regular routine as economy gradually opens after lockdown. Bourse to go back to full activity on Sunday (March 14). Dealers hoping to resume business travel in next two weeks ahead of Passover, particularly to strengthen ties with US buyers. Solid interest in 1 ct., G-H, VS-SI diamonds. Finding nice fancy shapes proving difficult.

India: Dealers and manufacturers optimistic over good demand from US and Far East buyers. Chinese retailers replenishing inventory and seeing steady orders for round, 0.30 to 1 ct., D-I, VS-SI diamonds following lunar new year. Strong market for melee and uncertified 0.20 ct. items. Surat polished production at full capacity. Manufacturers continue to shift toward lab-grown as interest in the category continues to grow. Good domestic jewelry sales.

Hong Kong: Polished trading muted but stable following peak season. Positive China retail recovery spurring optimism in wholesale sector. Steady demand for GIA-graded, 1 ct., D-I, VVS-SI, 3X diamonds. Nice SIs in short supply. Engagement rings with 0.80 to 1 ct. center stones popular locally. Colored gemstones moving well as consumers tighten budgets.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,731.74 -0.03%

Silver $26.06 -0.69%

Platinum $1,208.73 -0.71%

Palladium $2,390.16 -0.19%


Currencies
Euro $1.19 +0.07%

Pound $1.38 -0.40%

Yuan($) 6.50 +0.01%

Rupee($) 72.52 -0.01%


Stocks
Tiffany & Co. $131.46 0.00%

Signet Jewelers $56.81 +0.92%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 7.63 +1.19%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 11.28 +7.63%

Titan INR 1,471.25 +0.98%

Richemont CHF 89.26 -0.11%

LVMH €553.00 +2.27%

Swatch Group CHF 284.30 -0.32%

Anglo American GBX 2,857.00 -0.99%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.28 -18.94%

Lucara Diamonds CAD 0.73 -0.68%

Gem Diamonds GBX 52.10 0.00%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Mar 18, 2021 11:30 AM By Rapaport News
Diamond market optimistic despite expected seasonal slowdown. Manufacturer liquidity getting boost from reduced inventory, faster turnover and firm prices. Concerns arising about rough market overheating amid reports that Alrosa increased prices for 1 ct. and larger by 4%-5%. Smaller De Beers sight expected next week. India Feb. rough imports flat at $1.5B, Belgium +28% to $877M. Signet Jewelers FY’21 revenue -15% to $5.2B, loss of $15M vs. $106M profit in FY’20. GIA begins disclosing post-growth treatments for synthetics. CIBJO launches guide to natural vs. lab-grown diamond terminology. World Diamond Council, RJC partner on conflict diamonds and sustainability issues.

Fancies: Market for fancies seeing upturn. Some higher prices as consumers seek alternative shapes at more affordable prices than rounds. Dealers witnessing increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds and Radiants above 2 ct. Cushion, Princess and Marquise improving. Buyers showing preference for elongated shapes with the right proportions. Excellent cuts in demand and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Sentiment positive. Dealers hoping for stability rather than continued price increases that may not be sustainable. Bridal segment buoyant and seeing steady calls for 1 ct., G-I, VS-SI, 3X goods. Old mine and old European cuts above 1.50 ct. also in strong demand. Jewelers optimistic that stimulus checks will boost consumer discretionary spending.

Belgium: Slight slowdown from previous weeks, but outlook still upbeat. European retail struggling due to Covid-19 measures and lack of tourists. Focus is on supply to US and mainland China clients. Solid dealer interest in 0.30 to 1.99 ct., G-J, VS-SI. Rough trading quieter as prices continue to firm and fewer goods become available.

Israel: Steady rise in activity since the bourse returned from lockdown. Dealers concentrating on local trading given that travel is still restricted. Online platforms also important outlet for sourcing goods. US demand driving orders; focus on 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI engagement ring center stones. Fancy shapes robust, with shortage of nice ovals and emeralds for fine jewelry.

India: Improvement in Far East market is lifting sentiment. Steady appetite for 0.30 to 0.70 ct. diamonds in D-F colors. Dossiers and 1 ct., 3X stones moving well. Good demand for pears, ovals, emeralds and radiants. Polished production close to full capacity. Profit margins tightening as rough prices continue to climb. Business likely to slow as summer season approaches.

Hong Kong: Stable wholesale trading; good movement in round, 0.30 to 0.80 ct., F-J, VS-SI and 1 ct., D-I, VVS-SI categories. Above 2 ct. slower. E-commerce supporting Chinese jewelry sector. Online consumers showing steady interest in 0.30 to 0.50 ct., G-J, SI diamonds. Hong Kong retail weak amid slight rise in Covid-19 infections and concerns of further restrictions if outbreak expands.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Mar 25, 2021 11:30 AM By Rapaport News
Polished trading seasonally slow ahead of Passover and Easter holidays. Some distress over another Covid-19 wave in Europe and India. Dealers still confident for 2021. Projections show strong 2Q growth compared to 2020 lockdown period. Vaccine rollout, stimulus checks fueling optimism among US dealers and jewelers. GIA backlog causing inventory concerns. Manufacturer profit margins tightening following robust rough buying and price hikes. De Beers limiting goods during March sight. Industry mourns passing of iconic Tiffany & Co. designer Elsa Peretti and former Sterling Jewelers CEO Nate Light.

Fancies: Market for fancies seeing upturn. Some higher prices as consumers seek alternative shapes at more affordable prices than rounds. Dealers witnessing increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds and Radiants above 2 ct. Cushion, Princess and Marquise improving. Buyers showing preference for elongated shapes with the right proportions. Excellent cuts in demand and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Polished trading slowing slightly after rapid growth in February and beginning of March. Retail sales also softer following strong start to the year. Dealers and jewelers optimistic for improvement after Passover and Easter holidays as stimulus checks boost consumer spending. Good demand for 1 to 2 ct., G-I, I1-I2 diamonds. Top-quality fancy shapes in 2 to 3 ct. range selling well, with shortages supporting prices.

Belgium: Market stable but somewhat quieter than before. Concern growing over increase in Covid-19 cases and pending lockdown. Demand robust for top-make, 2 to 4 ct. diamonds. Large pears and ovals with nice makes also doing well. Rough trading slower. Fewer goods available at De Beers sight.

Israel: Business activity slackening despite lifting of pandemic restrictions. Shorter week due to public holiday for national elections. Dealers also winding down ahead of Passover next week. Demand selective. I-K color ranges improving. 0.30 to 0.50 ct., D-F, IF-VS2 softer than a month ago.

India: Mixed sentiment amid drop in trading in recent weeks. Increase in Covid-19 cases fueling caution even though business not yet affected. More polished becoming available due to rise in manufacturing since the beginning of the year. Scarcities remain in certain categories. Cutters wary after recent rough-price hikes led to reduced rough buying and slimmer profit margins.

Hong Kong: Dealer market relatively quiet. Steady demand for 0.30 to 0.80 ct., F-J, VS-SI goods with dossiers; slightly less interest in 1 ct. and larger diamonds. Local retail sluggish due to ongoing lack of tourism and slow rollout of vaccinations. Mainland China more optimistic following retail sector’s recovery from last year’s lows.
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Rapaport Diamond Industry Stock Tracker
Retail & Mining Shares
Apr 1, 2021 8:59 AM By Rapaport News
Global stocks strengthened amid optimism for an economic recovery. Signet (+10%) and Macy’s (+6%) led US retail equities, while Chow Tai Fook (+15%) headed the gains in Hong Kong. European shares also rode the wave, with Kering (+6%) the best performer in the luxury space. However, most miners had a negative week, with Mountain Province (-5%) losing ground after reporting heavy losses.

April 1, 2021 (7:19 a.m. EST) March 25, 2021 (7:46 a.m. EST) Chng. Chng.
Stock Indexes
BSE 50,029.83 48,440.12 1,589.71 3.3%
Dow Jones 32,981.55 32,420.06 561.49 1.7%
FTSE 6,747.91 6,663.75 84.16 1.3%
Hang Seng 28,938.74 27,899.61 1,039.13 3.7%
S&P 500 3,972.89 3,889.14 83.75 2.2%

USA
Birks Group $3.34 $3.59 -$0.25 -7.0%
Macy's $16.19 $15.26 $0.93 6.1%
Signet $57.98 $52.52 $5.46 10.4%
Walmart $135.83 $133.11 $2.72 2.0%

Far East
Chow Sang Sang (HKD) 12.30 11.20 1.10 9.8%
Chow Tai Fook (HKD) 12.40 10.80 1.60 14.8%
Luk Fook (HKD) 20.85 19.44 1.41 7.3%
Sarine (SGD) 0.62 0.61 0.02 2.5%

Europe
LVMH €567.50 €549.70 €17.80 3.2%
Kering €595.40 €562.70 €32.70 5.8%
Richemont €91.28 €88.62 CHF 2.66 3.0%
Swatch Group €275.20 €266.50 CHF 8.70 3.3%
Pandora DKK 679.60 DKK 647.80 CHF 31.80 4.9%

INDIA (rupee)
PC Jeweller 27.65 26.70 0.95 3.6%
Titan 1,558.50 1,450.55 107.95 7.4%

AUSTRALIA
Michael Hill AUD 0.64 AUD 0.65 -AUD 0.02 -2.3%

MINING STOCKS
ALROSA RUB 104.74 RUB 106.00 -RUB 1.26 -1.2%
Lucapa Diamond AUD 0.06 AUD 0.07 AUD 0.00 -3.1%
Lucara Diamond CAD 0.72 CAD 0.74 -CAD 0.02 -2.7%
Mountain Province CAD 0.56 CAD 0.59 -CAD 0.03 -5.1%
UK (pence)
Anglo American 2,868.50 2,725.50 143.0 5.2%
Gem Diamonds 64.40 66.02 -1.6 -2.5%
Petra Diamonds 1.46 1.41 0.1 3.5%
Rio Tinto plc 5,519.20 5,352.00 167.2 3.1%
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,730.08 +0.09%

Silver $24.91 +0.09%

Platinum $1,206.22 -0.54%

Palladium $2,676.25 +0.50%


Currencies
Euro $1.18 -0.08%

Pound $1.38 -0.41%

Yuan($) 6.55 -0.26%

Rupee($) 73.37 +0.20%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $57.32 -1.14%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 12.40 +4.38%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 12.30 +2.33%

Titan INR 1,559.35 +0.08%

Richemont CHF 92.10 +1.50%

LVMH €571.70 +0.63%

Swatch Group CHF 276.90 +1.84%

Anglo American GBX 2,898.50 +1.97%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.48 +1.37%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.73 +1.39%

Gem Diamonds GBX 64.80 -2.99%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Apr 8, 2021 11:30 AM By Rapaport News
Polished trading slower after robust 1Q. Concerns about high Covid-19 infections in Europe and India. Bharat Diamond Bourse sharply restricts activity. Surat manufacturing and exports continue. US jewelers optimistic as consumer confidence grows in March. Vaccine rollout and $1,400 stimulus checks fueling retail spending. Rough market cooling. Cutters anticipate rise in polished inventory as GIA releases backlog. De Beers sells $440M of rough in Mar./Apr. vs. zero last year. Lucara extends exclusive large-stone rough supply deal with HB Antwerp for two years. Signet acquires jewelry rental company Rocksbox. Israel 1Q polished exports +12% to $828M.

Fancies: Market for fancies seeing upturn. Some higher prices as consumers seek alternative shapes at more affordable prices than rounds. Dealers witnessing increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds and Radiants above 2 ct. Cushion, Princess and Marquise improving. Buyers showing preference for elongated shapes with the right proportions. Excellent cuts in demand and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Demand for loose diamonds slowed in recent weeks. Market choppy; dealers filling orders for specific items. Seasonal slowdown expected during second quarter amid May 17 tax-return deadline. Retail jewelers optimistic with good bridal sales ahead of summer wedding months. Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index jumps to 109.7 in March from February’s 90.4 reading.

Belgium: Sentiment slightly weaker than in previous months. Steady demand for 0.30 to 0.50 ct. SIs. Increasing inventory of 0.30 to 0.50 ct., D-H, IF-VS goods among local suppliers. 1 ct., H-J, IF-VVS selling well. Dealers hoping US and Chinese buyers will turn to Antwerp instead of India during Mumbai lockdown. Rough trading relatively quiet after smaller De Beers and Alrosa sales.

Israel: Businesses return after Passover holiday as country lifts most commerce-related Covid-19 restrictions. Dealers optimistic despite seasonal slowdown. Steady demand for 1 to 2 ct., G-H, VVS-VS goods. Emerald-cut, 1.50 to 3.99 ct. diamonds popular even as prices firm. Suppliers starting to travel again to reconnect in person with buyers after successful vaccination drive.

India: Mumbai lockdown and severe bourse restrictions creating concerns as Covid-19 cases rise. Government limiting staff numbers in offices but allowing polishing factories to operate. China and Hong Kong demand still strong; Europe weaker. Some movement in local retail market. Buyers showing appetite for round, 0.30 to 0.40 ct., J-K, SI goods. Manufacturers refocusing on natural diamonds after drop in lab-grown prices.

Hong Kong: Market quiet due to Easter break and slow season. Engagement ring demand supporting the sector; steady movement in 0.80 to 1 ct., D-G, VS-SI, 3X categories. Chinese jewelry factories restocking amid low inventories. Some confidence that border with mainland will reopen, lifting major barrier to trade. Drop in local coronavirus cases driving optimism. Hong Kong sales of jewelry and other valuable items more than doubled in February after heavy slump a year earlier.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Apr 15, 2021 11:30 AM By Rapaport News
Polished market seasonally slow. Uncertainty over impact of Mumbai lockdown as Maharashtra state tightens restrictions. GIA backlog expected to grow as Surat continues to produce diamonds. Concerns in colored-diamond market as GIA detects treatment in green stones. US retail upbeat as Mar. jewelry sales +106%, reports Mastercard. Signet 1Q forecast for revenue +88% to $1.6B. LVMH 1Q jewelry and watch sales +138% to $2.3B. Christie’s NY garners $35M (94% by lot), with 2.17 ct., fancy vivid purplish-pink diamond sold for $3.5M ($1.6M/ct.). Rapaport Research Report highlights improved trade liquidity and diamond financing.

Fancies: Market for fancies seeing upturn. Some higher prices as consumers seek alternative shapes at more affordable prices than rounds. Dealers witnessing increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds and Radiants above 2 ct. Cushion, Princess and Marquise improving. Buyers showing preference for elongated shapes with the right proportions. Excellent cuts in demand and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Retail sentiment positive. Consumer spending getting boost from stimulus checks, tax refunds, and return to stores after vaccine rollout. Signet planning marketing drive to counter expected revival of travel sector and to compete with jewelers offering discounts. Dealer trading slower than 1Q. US February polished imports fell 7% to $1.4 billion while exports dropped 27% to $1 billion. Ovals and emeralds continue to improve.

Belgium: Outlook remains mixed. Suppliers to US and China optimistic, but Europe weak as lockdowns keep many jewelers closed. Steady demand for 0.30 to 0.50 ct. SIs. Some shortages of 1 to 2 ct. diamonds as GIA backlog and India restrictions cause delays in new manufactured goods. Rough market quiet ahead of next week’s Alrosa sale.

Israel: Polished trading slow. Shorter week due to Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays. Some dealers limiting purchases from India due to Mumbai lockdown concerns. Focus on filling positive US and Chinese demand. Solid interest in 1 to 2 ct. diamonds. Continued uptrend in lower colors for smaller dossier goods.

India: Dealers cautious as Mumbai goes into tighter lockdown until May 1. Surat manufacturing still going despite rise in Covid-19 cases. Jewelry sector subdued and focused on enhancing e-commerce channels. Rupee depreciation to nine-month low of INR 75.4/$1 may ease pressure on large exporters but could increase expenses for local suppliers. Stable orders for round, 0.30 to 0.40 ct., J-K, SI goods.

Hong Kong: Wholesale market relatively quiet. Sentiment improving amid city’s plans to relax travel restrictions and potentially reopen China border crossing. Some jewelers rolling out new collections for Mother’s Day. China retail robust. Chow Tai Fook’s FY4Q (January to March) sales for mainland rose 174%; Hong Kong and Macau up 47%.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Apr 22, 2021 12:00 PM By Rapaport News

TRADE ALERT: India is undergoing a severe Covid-19 crisis that will impact the global diamond trade. India manufactures about 92% of the world’s diamonds. While the Indian government is doing everything possible to support continued diamond manufacturing and exports, shortages and price volatility are expected to intensify over the next few months. This is a good time to support Indian suppliers. The disruption to the supply chain will be significant once current goods being processed by the GIA are put on the market. We anticipate a 30% to 40% reduction in Indian production during the months prior to the holiday season. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Indian diamond community. May they stay safe and recover swiftly.

Market uncertain due to rise in India Covid-19 cases. US and China jewelry sales up, with optimism for Mother’s Day. Supply concerns as GIA India reports backlog of over a month. Polished prices firm. Dealers with strong online channels and good reputations getting better prices. Rough market expected to cool; major miners likely to keep supply low and prices stable. De Beers 1Q sales volume +52% to 13.5M cts., production -7% to 7.2M cts. Alrosa 1Q sales +28% to $1.2B, prices +7%. Sotheby’s NY totals $21M (93% by lot), with 41.50 ct., D, FL diamond ring selling for $4.9M ($117,108/ct.).

Fancies: Market for fancies seeing upturn. Some higher prices as consumers seek alternative shapes at more affordable prices than rounds. Dealers witnessing increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds and Radiants above 2 ct. Cushion, Princess and Marquise improving. Buyers showing preference for elongated shapes with the right proportions. Excellent cuts in demand and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: New York market stronger than other global centers. Dealers doing well, with steady stream of memo calls. Sold items difficult to replace amid supply shortages due to GIA backlog in India. Stable demand for 1 ct., G-J, VS-I1 diamonds. Jewelers optimistic for Mother’s Day sales as retail opens up after vaccination drive.

Belgium: Dealer trading quiet. Focus on exports to the US. Good demand for 1 ct., E-G, SI goods. Europe remains slow due to pandemic. Buyers cautious about sourcing from India as tightening of Mumbai’s Covid-19 restrictions sparks payment concerns. Rough market subdued during this week’s Alrosa sale.

Israel: Bourse back to full activity. Trading limited due to lower availability from India. Dealers looking for goods and relying on online platforms for sourcing needs even as travel resumes. Suppliers making trips to renew personal contact with US clients after year of web-based consultations. Steady orders for 1 to 1.50 ct., D-J, VS-SI diamonds.

India: Concerns increasing as Covid-19 cases escalate. Mumbai enters stricter lockdown. Diamond and jewelry industry allowed to operate. Polished production continues at lower levels since Surat remains open. Solid US and Far East demand for certified goods. Local retail market likely to weaken as stores close in major cities.

Hong Kong: Wholesale trade stable amid expectations of Indian production shortages. Local inventories low. Good orders for 0.30 to 1 ct., D-G, VS-SI, 3X diamonds. Retail sentiment improving as drop in coronavirus cases raises hopes of China border reopening. Mainland jewelry manufacturers increasing operations, with emphasis on colored gemstones.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Apr 29, 2021 12:00 PM By Rapaport News
Diamond markets mixed. US and China recovery fueling optimism, but uncertainty remains due to worrying coronavirus situation in India. Europe relatively weak. Supply volatility expected in short term. Polished inventory levels declining as manufacturers reduce capacity and GIA backlog rises. Cutters focused on 1 ct. polished and larger. Small De Beers sight projected for next week. US consumer confidence +12% to pre-pandemic levels in April, reports Conference Board. National Retail Federation predicts record Mother’s Day jewelry sales. China 1Q polished imports +393% to $722M. WFDB launches fundraising campaign to help India with Covid-19 battle: campaign.wfdb.com.

Fancies: Market robust. Upturn in prices for 0.30 to 0.99 ct. across various shapes. Shortages of 1.25 to 3.99 ct., F-J, VVS2-SI2 fancies. Retailers offering wider product ranges as consumers seek alternative shapes at more affordable prices than rounds. Dealers witnessing increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds, Princess, long Radiants and Marquise. Excellent cuts in demand and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Dealers positive amid stable trading. Melee strengthening in G-I, VS-SI ranges that are popular in wedding bands and fashion-jewelry pavé settings. 1 to 2 ct., G-I, VS-SI diamonds for engagement rings performing nicely. Fancy shapes improving as shoppers seek distinctive looks in post-pandemic period. Rising expectations for Mother’s Day (May 9) amid April jump in consumer confidence.

Belgium: Sentiment upbeat. Suppliers to US and China doing well. European market still cautious due to Covid-19. Pandemic also affecting supply from India. Good demand for 1 ct., E-G, VVS-SI1 stones. Rough trading subdued ahead of De Beers sight.

Israel: Steady activity in the bourse. Dealers looking for goods locally as sourcing from India becomes difficult. Focus on US; more dealers traveling to meet customers. Solid orders for 1 to 1.50 ct., G-J, VS-SI diamonds for engagement rings. Fancy shapes robust.

India: Lockdowns in Mumbai and Surat restricting diamond trading and manufacturing. Diamond and jewelry markets allowed to operate but working at reduced capacity due to spike in Covid-19 infections. Stable demand from US and China. Supply shortages emerging, especially in -2 small goods. Fancy shapes moving well. Concerns growing about longer billing cycles during virus outbreak.

Hong Kong: Retail sales improving as Covid-19 cases fall and employment levels rise. Pandemic regulations starting to ease. Government green-lights travel bubble with Singapore beginning May 26. Mainland China stores seasonally quiet after strong start to year. Steady demand for 1 ct., D-H, VS2-SI2, 3X diamonds. 2 ct. and larger slower.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,776.15 +0.22%

Silver $26.11 +0.03%

Platinum $1,201.40 -0.15%

Palladium $2,959.16 +0.03%


Currencies
Euro $1.20 -0.67%

Pound $1.39 -0.65%

Yuan($) 6.47 +0.03%

Rupee($) 73.99 -0.15%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $59.75 -1.52%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 12.54 -0.32%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 13.24 +0.15%

Titan INR 1,491.65 -1.01%

Richemont CHF 93.64 -0.43%

LVMH €626.20 -1.49%

Swatch Group CHF 279.60 -0.82%

Anglo American GBX 3,070.00 -2.28%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.59 -2.33%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.79 +6.76%

Gem Diamonds GBX 66.00 -1.79%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
May 6, 2021 12:00 PM By Rapaport News
Diamond market activity slower due to spike in Covid-19 cases in India. Many small-scale Surat factories shut because of health concerns and lack of workers. Drop in polished production supporting prices. 1 ct. RAPI +2.5% in April. Cutters focused on larger, better-quality goods. Dealers struggling to replace inventory. Solid rough buying at De Beers sight as sightholders expect shortages; fewer goods on offer due to mining issues. US and China driving demand. Jewelers optimistic for Mother’s Day (May 9). Tiffany & Co. launches engagement rings for men. Pandora swaps natural for lab-grown diamonds, claiming move aligns with sustainability goals.

Fancies: Market robust. Upturn in prices for 0.30 to 0.99 ct. goods of various shapes. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Shortages of 1.25 to 3.99 ct., F-J, VVS2-SI2 fancies. Retailers offering wider product ranges as consumers seek alternative shapes at more affordable prices than rounds. Dealers witnessing increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds, Princesses, long Radiants and Marquises. Excellent cuts in demand and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Sentiment mixed. Suppliers with large inventories doing well and filling orders. Smaller businesses seeing specific demand and struggling to find the right goods. Sold items proving difficult to replace. Strong engagement ring sales supporting market for 1 ct., D-K, VS-SI diamonds.

Belgium: Dealers optimistic and looking for goods to meet steady US demand. Europe slow as coronavirus cases remain relatively high. Solid interest in 1 to 2 ct., G-H, VS-SI diamonds. Emphasis on better qualities and larger sizes. Some supply concerns due to India restrictions and lower availability of De Beers rough.

Israel: Upbeat mood and good activity in the bourse. Dealers keen to buy and sell but limited by scarcities. Smaller operations under pressure as travel restrictions prevent them from sourcing in India. Larger companies with existing inventory are gaining market share. Stable demand for 1 to 1.49 ct., G-H, VS-SI items. Fancies below 1 ct. seeing uptrend.

India: Strong overseas orders supporting market during ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Local activity subdued. Liquidity concerns increasing. Larger manufacturers maintaining high polished production while smaller businesses continue to shut down. Shortages emerging in lower sizes. Melee moving better than stars. Traders expecting to cancel summer vacations to compensate for current slowdown.

Hong Kong: Trading stable during low season in mainland China. Solid demand for 1 ct., D-H, VS2-SI2, 3X diamonds in rounds and fancy shapes. Local retail improving as Covid-19 situation eases. Hong Kong-based sales of jewelry, watches, clocks and other valuable gifts up 81% year on year in March but still well below 2019’s numbers due to decline in tourism. Gold jewelry strong in Chinese stores following price drop.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
May 13, 2021 10:00 PM
Diamond market restrained due to supply bottleneck as Covid-19 spike in India curbs manufacturing. Trading shifting to Antwerp and other centers. Surat production focusing on larger goods as factories struggle with absenteeism and social distancing rules. Steady interest in 1 to 2 ct., D-J, VS-SI diamonds. Good US demand; April jewelry sales +255%, Mastercard reports. China seasonally quiet. Rough market firm amid polished shortages. Alrosa April sales $401M vs. $16M a year earlier. US 1Q polished imports +21% to $4.5B, exports -3% to $3.4B. Christie’s Geneva sells $63.5M (91% by lot), with rectangular step-cut, 100.94 ct., D, IF diamond going for $14.2M ($141,000/ct.).

Fancies: Market robust. Upturn in prices for 0.30 to 0.99 ct. goods of various shapes. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Shortages of 1.25 to 3.99 ct., F-J, VVS2-SI2 fancies. Retailers offering wider product ranges as consumers seek alternative shapes at more affordable prices than rounds. Dealers seeing increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds, Princesses, long Radiants and Marquises. Excellent cuts in demand and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Optimistic mood on 47th Street. Steady memo orders. Good demand for 1 to 3 ct., D-I, VS-SI ranges. Commercial-quality (G-H, SI) stars and melee also selling well. Shortage of well-cut diamonds. Consumer confidence up following rollout of vaccines and stimulus checks.

Belgium: Local dealers busy since India Covid-19 lockdown shifted some activity from Mumbai to Antwerp. Foreign buyers scarce due to Belgium’s quarantine requirements. Emphasis on online and remote selling. Solid demand for 1 to 3 ct., D-J, IF-SI diamonds. Rough market stable.

Israel: Fewer people in the bourse due to escalation of missile attacks on the country; trading floor closed Wednesday. US driving orders. Focus on 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI center stones for engagement rings. Sourcing goods difficult due to India Covid-19 spike and travel restrictions in Europe. Online platforms remain important outlet.

India: Manufacturing continuing despite partial restrictions in Surat. Trading limited during coronavirus wave, creating cash-flow problems. Steady demand and supply shortages supporting market. Strong polished sales to US and Far East, with 1 to 2 ct., D-J, VS-SI diamonds moving well. Lower clarities performing best.

Hong Kong: Trading slow during quiet season for Chinese retail. Local sentiment improving as infection rates drop and optimism for economy rises. Solid interest in 1 ct., H-J, VS-SI2 diamonds. Goods above 2 ct. moving sluggishly. Sellers maintaining prices amid low inventory levels.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
May 20, 2021 10:30 AM By Rapaport News
Diamond market seasonally slow. US and China retail recovery driving demand. Multi-channel offerings stimulating growth as consumers return to stores. Polished inventory declining due to India supply constraints. Shortages supporting prices. Rough market stable after smaller De Beers May sight valued at $380M. Alrosa 1Q revenue +44% to $1.2B, profit up nearly eightfold to $326M. Hong Kong 1Q polished imports +47% to $3.4B, polished exports +56% to $3.3B. GIA notes rise in lab-grown stones with counterfeit inscriptions passing as natural. Chow Tai Fook and Natural Diamond Council launch campaign to reach young Chinese consumers.

Fancies: Market robust. Upturn in prices for 0.30 to 0.99 ct. goods of various shapes. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Shortages of 1.25 to 3.99 ct., F-J, VVS2-SI2 fancies. Retailers offering wider product ranges as consumers seek alternative shapes at more affordable prices than rounds. Dealers seeing increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds, Princesses, long Radiants and Marquises. Excellent cuts in demand and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Upbeat sentiment amid steady dealer trading. Retail sales fueling positive mood; branded jewelry gaining market share after strong online showing during the pandemic. Steady memo orders, particularly for bridal collections. Good demand for 1 to 3 ct., D-I, VS-SI ranges.

Belgium: Optimistic outlook in Antwerp. Dealers filling US orders and focusing on commercial-quality 1 ct., D-J, VS-SI diamonds. Suppliers holding prices firm amid shortages. More US jewelers carrying lab-grown collections, frustrating suppliers of natural diamonds. Rough trading steady. Fewer goods available after smaller De Beers sight.

Israel: Shorter week due to Shavuot holiday. Bourse activity quiet as missile attacks on the country continue. Some shipments delayed as the violence forces Ben Gurion Airport to close. Suppliers looking to US market. Emphasis on online and remote selling. Dealers eyeing August Las Vegas shows to reconnect with clients.

India: Cautious mood as country deals with second wave of coronavirus infections. Mumbai Covid-19 situation improving. Reduced manufacturing impacted De Beers May rough sales. Cutters focusing on 1 ct. goods and larger. April polished exports hit $2.3 billion compared to $35 million a year earlier; rough imports at $1.7 billion versus $0.

Hong Kong: Dealers gaining confidence as local Covid-19 cases continue to decline. Foreign buyers still scarce due to travel restrictions. Growing demand for lower-color diamonds (H and below). Jewelry sales improving but still restrained by lack of Chinese luxury shoppers. China retail seasonally slow; April retail sales up 18% year on year but still short of expectations.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,880.66 -0.05%

Silver $27.61 -0.59%

Platinum $1,181.86 +0.20%

Palladium $2,755.96 +0.73%


Currencies
Euro $1.22 +0.25%

Pound $1.42 +0.09%

Yuan($) 6.41 -0.17%

Rupee($) 72.82 -0.06%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $57.54 +0.16%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 13.48 -0.59%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 12.84 +4.22%

Titan INR 1,538.35 +0.46%

Richemont CHF 99.32 +4.95%

LVMH €631.60 +0.43%

Swatch Group CHF 302.60 +1.31%

Anglo American GBX 3,143.00 -0.36%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.44 -0.69%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.80 0.00%

Gem Diamonds GBX 67.50 -1.60%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
May 27, 2021 10:30 AM By Rapaport News
Upbeat US and China retail sales driving positive sentiment. Trading limited due to supply scarcity and India Covid-19 travel restrictions. Polished shortages stimulating rough buying at firm prices. Strong cash buyers making for good market liquidity, but India experiencing some pandemic-related payment concerns. Richemont FY jewelry sales +3% to $9.1B. Christie’s HK sells $76.8M (82% by lot), including cushion-cut, 15.81 ct., fancy vivid purplish-pink, IF diamond ring going for $29.3M ($1.9M/ct.). Belgium Apr. polished exports +330% to $566M, rough imports +643% to $933M. Sarine partners with Constell Group on technology solutions for lab-grown sector.

Fancies: Market robust. Upturn in prices for 0.30 to 0.99 ct. goods of various shapes. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Shortages of 1.25 to 3.99 ct., F-J, VVS2-SI2 fancies. Retailers offering wider product ranges as consumers seek alternative shapes at more affordable prices than rounds. Dealers seeing increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds, Princesses, long Radiants and Marquises. Excellent cuts in demand and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Stable market as jewelers continue to replenish inventory. Good demand for 1 ct., D-H, SI2 category as well as for 3 ct., G-H, VVS-VS. Jewelry manufacturers ordering small stones for micro-pavé settings in D-G, VVS-VS range. Old mine and European cuts selling well as consumers seek unique pieces with stories. Focus on bridal ahead of summer wedding season.

Belgium: Positive sentiment amid steady US and Chinese orders and improving European demand. Shortages supporting the market. Emphasis on online selling as Covid-19 travel constraints lead to absence of foreign buyers. 0.30 ct., 0.50 ct., and 0.70 to 2 ct., G-H, VVS-VS are strong sellers. Rough market robust after Alrosa sale.

Israel: Bourse returning to normal after two-week escalation of Arab-Israeli conflict kept dealers away. Government to lift all Covid-19 restrictions on June 1 except for travel from countries with high infection rates. Traders mainly filling orders from US and China. Large cash purchases injecting liquidity into the market. Good demand for dossiers, reversing previous downtrend.

India: Trading steady despite ongoing coronavirus measures in many parts of the country. Dealers concentrating on exports. 1 ct. and 1.50 ct., D-H, SI goods moving well. Production levels steady despite worker absences due to pandemic. Polished shortages stimulating rough buying.

Hong Kong: Diamond activity improving. Pandemic appears under control, but social distancing rules still apply. Solid interest in 1 ct., D-M, VS2-SI2. Dealers optimistic as local retail performs better than in previous years and Chinese jewelers report upbeat spring sales. Summer promotions underway.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,889.38 -0.19%

Silver $27.59 -0.12%

Platinum $1,158.74 -0.54%

Palladium $2,789.72 -0.70%


Currencies
Euro $1.22 +0.11%

Pound $1.42 +0.22%

Yuan($) 6.39 -0.18%

Rupee($) 72.92 -0.06%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $61.44 +4.67%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 15.08 -0.26%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 13.36 -0.15%

Titan INR 1,712.50 +1.63%

Richemont CHF 115.30 0.00%

LVMH €659.70 +0.37%

Swatch Group CHF 332.20 +0.27%

Anglo American GBX 3,183.00 +0.95%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.42 -0.14%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.75 -2.60%

Gem Diamonds GBX 74.90 -0.13%
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,805.37 -0.28%

Silver $26.77 -0.59%

Platinum $1,115.05 -0.90%

Palladium $2,766.50 -1.24%


Currencies
Euro $1.19 -0.52%

Pound $1.40 -0.12%

Yuan($) 6.43 +0.52%

Rupee($) 73.90 +0.14%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $75.38 +1.52%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 15.94 -0.87%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 14.08 -4.22%

Titan INR 1,714.95 -0.49%

Richemont CHF 115.30 +0.04%

LVMH €682.30 +0.66%

Swatch Group CHF 323.10 -0.15%

Anglo American GBX 2,963.50 -1.18%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.43 +0.28%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.81 +1.25%

Gem Diamonds GBX 75.00 +3.02%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jun 17, 2021 10:30 AM By Rapaport News
Positive sentiment as demand outpaces supply. US retail upbeat; May jewelry sales +203% year on year and +45% vs. May 2019, says Mastercard. Rising expectations for 2H but concern that inflation surge will curb consumer spending. Some jewelers delaying inventory replacement until more polished becomes available. Suppliers’ polished prices firm amid escalating rough costs and anticipated Alrosa price hike. Mountain Province 1Q prices +18%. Manufacturing increasing as India Covid-19 cases drop; worker absenteeism remains a challenge. GIA backlog still over 30 days. India polished exports +131% to $2B, rough imports +601% to $1.3B. Botswana’s Jwaneng mine yields 1,098 ct. diamond.

Fancies: Market robust. Prices firming across most sizes and categories amid shortages and growing fancy demand. Retailers offering wider product ranges as consumers seek alternative shapes. Dealers seeing increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds, Princesses, long Radiants and Marquises. Ovals and cushions closing price gap with rounds. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Excellent cuts popular and selling at premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Dealers upbeat as demand remains steady. Filling orders difficult due to shortages and high replacement costs. 1 to 2 ct., G-J SIs moving well; good sell-through rate on memo items. Retailers picky and looking for better goods to display in their stores — no fluorescence, no brown, green, milky (BGM). Online jewelers less selective and selling at discounts.

Belgium: Diamond trade optimistic as US and China retail maintains growth momentum. Better profit in polished trading than rough manufacturing. Scarcities limiting activity. Strong market for 0.30 to 0.90 ct., F-G, VS-SI stones. Concern emerging over rising rough prices.

Israel: Positive trend. Dealers looking for goods to fill orders. Robust bidding at polished auctions. Demand driven by US market and some improvement from Europe. Shortages enabling suppliers to sell old inventory of less desirable goods such as those with fluorescence and black centers. Growing interest in fancy shapes.

India: Manufacturing activity increasing to satisfy strong US and Chinese demand. Many workers have not returned to Surat after leaving during Covid-19 wave. Local market gaining steam. Cutters struggling to replace sold items as rough prices remain high. Steady movement in F-J, VS-SI, 3X, nonfluorescent, no-BGM goods. Fancy shapes positive.

Hong Kong: Polished trading seasonally slow amid lull in China’s jewelry sector. Local Hong Kong retail sales improving as coronavirus infection rate drops. Dealers expecting uptick in 2H. Stable demand for 1 to 2 ct., J-M, SI diamonds. Weaker market for 2 ct. and larger.
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