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Sotheby's bude budúci mesiac dražiť masívny bezchybný diamant v hodnote až 15 miliónov dolárov.
Hruškovitý, 101,38-karátový diamant D, známy ako The Key 10138, sa predstaví v aukcii naživo v Hongkongu 9. júla, uviedol Sotheby's v
pondelok. Diamant je prvým šperkom, pre ktorý spoločnosť prijíma digitálnu platbu a nesie najvyšší odhad v histórii fyzického objektu verejne ponúkaného na nákup s kryptomenou, dodala. Kupujúci môže zaplatiť za kameň bežnou menou ako zvyčajne, alebo použiť Éter alebo Bitcoin.

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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jun 24, 2021 10:30 AM By Rapaport News
Optimism driven by shortages and steady US demand. Some uncertainty regarding prices. Dealers concerned that current price levels may not be sustainable once inventory expands. GIA bottleneck persists amid record global submissions and over one-month turnaround at India labs. Rough market robust during Alrosa sale. De Beers June revenue better than expected at $470M. Lucara’s Karowe mine in Botswana produces 1,174 ct. diamond. India bank credit to gem and jewelry trade +15% since last July to $8.4B. US April polished imports at $1.6B vs. $28M in 2020. Sotheby’s to accept cryptocurrency for pear, 101.38 ct., D, FL diamond, with estimated value of $10M to $15M.

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: Steady trading; good demand for rounds and ovals with GIA certs. 1 to 2.50 ct., F-H, VS-SIs moving well. Strong sell-through rate on memo orders. Growing concern that large quantity of goods will be released from India and the GIA during the slow summer months.

Belgium: Sentiment strong but some skepticism whether momentum can be maintained. Scarcities supporting upward trend. Stable US market and improving Chinese demand stimulating dealer trading. GIA dossiers and 1 to 2 ct. certs selling well. Rough market firm during this week’s Alrosa sale.

Israel: Dealers upbeat with steady US orders. Uncertainty regarding prices as buyers hesitant to accept higher levels. Suppliers keeping discounts firm since rough is expensive. Polished inventory gradually rising in 0.30 to 1.99 ct. goods.

India: Polished suppliers optimistic as shortages and steady demand support prices. Good export orders and robust local trading. Most categories selling, although VVS relatively slow. Curved fancy shapes strong, and princess cuts improving in better colors. Manufacturers raising capacity but constrained by limits on rough supply.

Hong Kong: Dealer market stable but slightly lagging behind other centers. Trading focused on 0.30 to 0.50 ct., D-H, VS-SI and 1 to 1.50 ct., G-J, SI goods. Jewelers gaining confidence as economy improves, although lack of tourism is limiting sales. Bridal demand driving activity. Jewelry retail in mainland China seasonally slow.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,754.56 -0.37%

Silver $25.77 -0.00%

Platinum $1,059.94 -1.02%

Palladium $2,675.37 -0.37%


Currencies
Euro $1.19 -0.04%

Pound $1.38 -0.16%

Yuan($) 6.46 -0.09%

Rupee($) 74.40 +0.24%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $76.37 -2.25%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 17.44 +0.23%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 13.28 -1.78%

Titan INR 1,731.60 +0.21%

Richemont CHF 112.85 -0.13%

LVMH €674.00 +0.96%

Swatch Group CHF 317.80 +0.35%

Anglo American GBX 2,894.50 -0.24%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.49 -3.13%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.74 -1.33%

Gem Diamonds GBX 72.00 -2.70%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jul 1, 2021 10:30 AM By Rapaport News
Strong US market driving short-term confidence. Polished prices continue upward momentum with good demand and supply shortages. High rough prices supporting polished discounts following June hikes at Alrosa and De Beers. The trade expects 3Q seasonal lull but remains optimistic for holiday season. Dealers cautious about buying at current levels. US jewelers working with less inventory amid store closures and emphasis on e-commerce. Hong Kong retail revenue lagging from lack of tourism. Luk Fook FY’21 sales -21% to $1.1B, profit +18% to $131M. TSL FY’21 sales -9% to $342M, loss of $5.7M. Natural Diamond Council unveils jewelry collection for industry ad campaign.

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 commanding premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Mood optimistic in steady market. Suppliers with inventory are in strong position. Dealers struggling to find the right goods at competitive prices. Some worry the industry can’t sustain its recent uptrend through the summer months. Wholesalers expect seasonal slowdown in July but solid rebound after vacation period. Jewelry retail performing well; positive consumer sentiment driving sales.

Belgium: Polished trading robust after increases in 2Q. Focus is on supply to US and mainland China clients. Buyer uncertainty over price levels. Suppliers frustrated by slow grading turnaround at GIA. Rough demand strong; high bidding at tenders.

Israel: Bourse bustling as suppliers fill US orders. US-focused memo houses doing well. 1 to 3 ct. diamonds moving steadily; the lower the clarity, the better the market. Dealers concerned about rising prices but need inventory to satisfy client requests. Shortages persist due to backlog at GIA and lower rough production.

India: Sentiment positive. Stable demand from US and Hong Kong. High turnover of goods. Strong movement in 1 ct. and larger. Manufacturing gradually rising as Surat workers return after traveling home during peak of coronavirus outbreak. Polished scarcities supporting market as cutters struggle to find rough at the right price.

Hong Kong: Dealers gaining confidence amid hopes that Chinese border will reopen this summer. Trade with mainland difficult as travel remains restricted. Polished prices firm because of limited supply from India. Solid interest in round, 1 to 1.50 ct., G-K, VVS-SI1 diamonds. Buyers seeking deeper discounts, but suppliers refusing to budge. Chinese jewelry market focused on lower-budget items containing gemstones and pearls.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,804.47 +0.41%

Silver $26.31 +0.59%

Platinum $1,095.11 +0.07%

Palladium $2,834.78 +1.39%


Currencies
Euro $1.18 +0.03%

Pound $1.38 -0.14%

Yuan($) 6.46 -0.25%

Rupee($) 74.68 -0.12%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $77.93 -1.38%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 17.46 -1.36%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 13.48 +0.30%

Titan INR 1,762.80 +0.74%

Richemont CHF 110.55 -1.25%

LVMH €655.80 -0.74%

Swatch Group CHF 310.10 -1.59%

Anglo American GBX 2,900.50 -2.86%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.50 +2.04%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.74 -1.33%

Gem Diamonds GBX 73.00 -2.41%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jul 8, 2021 10:30 AM
Polished trading seasonally slow due to US summer vacations. Market optimistic for holiday season. Steady demand, shortages and high rough costs supporting prices. 1 ct. RAPI +2.7% in June. Cutters under pressure to raise production but concerned about rough valuations ahead of De Beers’ July 12 sight. Kimberley Process reports 2020 global rough production -32% to $9.24B, volume -23% to 107.1M cts., average price -12% to $86/ct. Belgium May polished exports +161% to $555M, rough imports +362% to $664M. Titan Company 1Q revenue +117%. Birks Group FY sales -16% to $116M. Alrosa launches provenance program using nanotechnology for diamond tracking.

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 commanding premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: New York trading slower due to long July 4 weekend and traditional summer lull. Fewer memo calls for single stones, in line with seasonal expectations. Buyers selective amid high price levels. Supply shortages and good retail sales driving dealer optimism. Steady orders for 1 to 2 ct., G-J, VS-I1 diamonds.

Belgium: Stable demand across most categories. Some international buyers in Antwerp again. Dealers frustrated by delays at Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and by general supply scarcities. Concerns emerging over trade’s ability to maintain price levels during seasonal downturn. Rough market robust ahead of next week’s De Beers and Alrosa sales.

Israel: Positive sentiment even as US orders taper off during summer break. Dealers looking for goods but struggling to find the right items at attractive prices. Solid demand for 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Fancy shapes continue to climb. Mixed mood in the rough sector; stable orders filling shortages, but high prices prompting restraint.

India: Sentiment improving as strong US and Chinese demand continues. Steady interest in round, 1 ct., G-J, VS2-I1 diamonds. Fancy shapes moving well. Surat manufacturing levels below capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions and high rough costs. Traders seeing scarcity of polished. GIA labs still experiencing delays due to coronavirus measures and increased grading submissions.

Hong Kong: Local Covid-19 situation getting better. Hopes high that China border will reopen at end of July and enable tourist shoppers to return. Mainland jewelers implementing promotions to stimulate sales during seasonally quiet period. Polished dealers not budging on discounts since goods are in short supply. Solid market for 0.30 to 0.80, D-J, VS-SI, 3X diamonds.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jul 15, 2021 10:30 AM By Rapaport News
CAUTION: Rough prices surging out of control with some secondary market premiums over 10%. No assurance that polished prices will follow rough price increases. Manufacturing profit margins under pressure as De Beers raises prices 5% at July sight. Rough prices have increased an estimated 20% in 2021 with 1-carat polished only up 11%. Polished trading steady. US and Chinese demand supporting the market. Inventory rising for goods below 1 ct., but shortages remain for select items. De Beers and Diacore buy 39.34 ct. blue rough from Petra Diamonds for $40M ($1M/ct.). Private bidder pays $12.3M ($121,326/ct.) in cryptocurrency for pear, 101.38 ct., D, FL diamond at Sotheby’s.

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 commanding premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Active trading despite two-week summer vacation period. Larger wholesalers and dealers filling orders and seeing strong sell-through rate on memo. Some smaller companies struggling to compete. Good demand for round, 1 to 2 ct., G-J, VS-SI diamonds. 2 to 3 ct. ovals and emeralds hot. Retail jewelers upbeat amid surge in gift-giving occasions after last year’s cancellations.

Belgium: Positive sentiment and steady movement of 1 to 2 ct., D-H, VS-SI2 goods. 3 ct. slightly weak. Dealers looking for international exposure at trade shows again after past year’s focus on local market and online trading. Fancies selling well; steady demand from European jewelers. More goods becoming available as rough market maintains strength from beginning of the year.

Israel: Polished activity seasonally slow. Many US buyers on vacation. Prices firm amid supply shortages, solid demand and high rough costs. Fancy shapes increasing in price, particularly in H-I colors. Robust market for ovals and pears. Princess cuts making a comeback. Polished exports rose 69% to $1.71 billion in first half; rough imports grew 165% to $1 billion.

India: Market maintaining upward trend amid strong US and Chinese demand. Steady movement in rounds and fancies 1.50 ct. and larger. Lower clarities (I1 and below) are popular. Ovals and pears selling well. Rising concerns that price bubble could lead to hard landing. Some companies reportedly in financial difficulty. Rough expensive as manufacturers seek goods to fill inventory gaps. Surat production at estimated 80%.

Hong Kong: Wholesale seeing seasonal lull. Chinese investment demand focused on gold rather than diamonds. Solid interest in 1 to 1.50 ct., D-M, SI diamonds, especially in lower colors (J-M). Very little movement in 3 ct. and larger. Hong Kong retail improving as government gets virus under control. Continued hopes that border with mainland will reopen and enable buyers to visit.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jul 22, 2021 10:30 AM By Rapaport New
Market upbeat despite summer lull and high rough prices. Dealers filling orders, spurring confidence for holiday season. US jewelry sales +108% in June, Mastercard reports. Luxury jewelers make strong recovery. Richemont 1Q jewelry maisons’ sales +132% to $3B. Polished prices firm amid supply shortages and consistent demand. Miners drastically reduced rough inventory in 1H; manufacturers raised polished production. De Beers, Alrosa 1H rough prices +14%. De Beers 2Q production +134% to 8.2M cts., sales of 7.3M cts. at $135/ct. Alrosa 2Q production +22% to 7M cts., sales of 11.4M cts. at $96/ct. Belgium June rough imports +187% to $1B. Industry mourns passing of Willie Nagel.

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 commanding premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Optimistic mood amid steady wholesale and retail business. High-end jewelers doing well. Consumers enjoying stock-market wealth boom and savings from Covid-19 lockdowns. Dealers making good sales but struggling to buy. Large fancies in demand; strongest category is 2 ct., H-M, SI. Melee robust but experiencing shortages since manufacturers shifted to certified diamonds in the past year.

Belgium: Dealers busy filling orders before three-week summer vacation. Bourses to close August 2 to 22. Steady US, European and Chinese markets driving activity. Demand spread across broad range of goods. Large stones above 10 ct. slightly slow. Rising concerns about rough prices.

Israel: Polished trading upbeat. Dealers looking for goods locally as travel to other sourcing centers remains limited. Finding the right certified stones proving difficult. Steady market for 1 to 1.99 ct., G-H, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. India manufacturing restrictions and high rough prices supporting polished valuations.

India: Positive sentiment amid strong US and Chinese demand. Local retail improving. Steady movement in 1 to 2 ct., G-I, VVS-VS2. Supply scarcities continue, but more certified diamonds becoming available as GIA releases more goods to the market. Rough prices prompting concerns about manufacturing profitability. Factories operating at 70% to 80% of capacity.

Hong Kong: Trading relatively slow. Stable interest in 0.30 to 0.80 ct., D-I, VS-SI2, 3X categories; 3 ct. sluggish. Low expectations for next week’s gem and jewelry shows. Chinese buyers limited to online and local sourcing since border remains closed. Luxury shoppers absent from high-end Hong Kong malls. China retailers focusing on summer promotions. Pure gold jewelry outperforming diamonds.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jul 29, 2021 10:30 AM By Rapaport News
Diamond market quieter as Belgium and Israel trades take vacation. Sentiment positive and prices firm. Dealers seeking opportunities and gaining confidence to buy at higher price levels. US retail recovery driving demand. Polished inventory rising following high-volume 1H rough purchases. RapNet listings exceed 1.5 million diamonds for first time since March 2020. Supply shortages persist due to India production delays. Alrosa buys Gokhran rough to fill supply quota, raises prices estimated 7%. De Beers 1H revenue +138% to $2.9B, earnings of $267M vs. loss of $214M, price index +14%, July sight valued at $510M. LVMH 1H jewelry and watch sales +205% to $4.7B, profit of $935M.

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 commanding premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Market doing well despite summer lull. Strong demand for fancy shapes, with radiant and elongated ovals, 1 to 2.50 ct., F-I, SIs the best category. Fancy colors also improving. Jewelers selling more than average for this time of year, with movement across a diverse range of goods. Some concern that Covid-19 Delta variant will disrupt retail momentum.

Belgium: Trading slower as summer vacation period begins. Bourses to close August 2 to 22. European luxury houses make strong recovery, with breakout 1H jewelry sales. Rough market calmer than two weeks ago. Alrosa and De Beers goods still selling at healthy premiums on the secondary market.

Israel: Reduced activity due to summer break; suppliers maintaining firm prices. Buyers slowly adapting to higher price levels, but some caution remains. Dealers competing for goods to fill orders amid shortages in some categories. US demand driving the market, with good appetite for 1 ct., G-H, VS-SI diamonds.

India: Mumbai trading mixed, with major exporters doing better than small and midsize companies. Steady US orders; Hong Kong and China slower. Local demand improving ahead of upcoming festivals. Large-scale manufacturers raising polishing production, but scarcities persist due to high rough prices, labor shortages, and delays at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Volatile rupee-dollar exchange rate adding uncertainty.

Hong Kong: Wholesale market seasonally slow. Steady demand for 0.30 to 1 ct., D-J, VS-SI2 diamonds. Goods above 3 ct. weak. Hong Kong International Jewellery Show (July 25 to 29) very quiet despite organizers’ promotional efforts; Chinese buyers limited by travel restrictions. Lack of tourists also hurting luxury retailers.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Aug 5, 2021 10:30 AM
Diamond trading quiet amid summer lull and uncertainty over Covid-19 Delta variant. Dealers preparing for Vegas show, but travel restrictions will limit international presence. US supporting the market, with steady orders and good memo sell-through. Polished prices firm despite increase in inventory; 1 ct. RAPI +3.1% in July. Rising expectations for holiday season. Rough market stable after recent price hikes. Rio Tinto 1H diamond revenue +13% to $160M, profit of $5M. Sarine 1H sales +61% to $36M. Jewelers of America appoints Robert Moeller as chairman. Sam Sandberg named president of Plumb Club. Diamond Dealers Club of South Africa elects Molefi Letsiki as chairman.

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 commanding premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Sentiment positive. Dealers struggling to find goods because of high prices. Steady appetite for round, F-I, VS-SI diamonds with no black center, but not enough clean goods to meet demand. Ovals, radiants and pears selling well in 2 carats and higher. Estate jewelry market strong, with dealers seeking old mine and European cuts. Industry preparing for Las Vegas shows amid Covid-19 Delta wave.

Belgium: Slow activity due to summer break. Some dealers still filling orders, mainly from US and Asia. European market cautious; local retail slow amid virus outbreaks. Rough demand robust despite high prices at Antwerp tenders.

Israel: Market quiet with many dealers on summer vacation. Some uncertainty due to sudden surge in coronavirus cases. Further slowdown expected as tighter restrictions to be enforced next week. Many planning to attend JCK Las Vegas show despite mandated quarantine on return. Polished trading steady in line with global recovery.

India: Diamantaires upbeat but rising concerns that upward trend may not be sustained. US demand supporting the market. Steady interest in 0.30 to 0.70 ct., D-G, VVS-VS, 3X diamonds. 1 to 2 ct. goods selling well. Shortages of SI-and-lower rounds and fancies. Manufacturers raising polished production but high rough prices impacting margins.

Hong Kong: Wholesale and retail markets improving as Covid-19 outbreak eases. Steady demand for 0.30 to 1.50 ct., D-J, VS-SI2, EX-VG diamonds. Some movement in 2 to 3 ct., G-K stones. Last week’s Hong Kong International Jewellery Show very slow; few sales take place, but exhibitors welcome opportunity to meet potential clients. Chinese market relatively slow; emphasis on e-commerce as spread of Delta variant on the mainland raises concerns.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,746.15 -3.30%

Silver $23.86 -5.41%

Platinum $978.34 -3.09%

Palladium $2,623.83 -1.18%


Currencies
Euro $1.18 -0.64%

Pound $1.39 -0.33%

Yuan($) 6.48 +0.25%

Rupee($) 74.26 -0.08%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $63.10 +2.10%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 14.88 -1.33%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 13.10 -0.76%

Titan INR 1,787.75 -0.64%

Richemont CHF 115.95 +0.52%

LVMH €697.40 0.00%

Swatch Group CHF 304.20 +1.91%

Anglo American GBX 3,287.50 +0.52%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.71 -2.61%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.73 -1.35%

Gem Diamonds GBX 63.80 +1.92%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Aug 12, 2021 10:30 AM By Rapaport News
Sentiment positive despite seasonal slowdown. Dealers filling orders but struggling to replace goods at current price levels. Polished prices firm even as inventory rises. Buoyant US retail driving the recovery; July jewelry sales +83%, reports Mastercard SpendingPulse. Overseas exhibitors frustrated by restrictions preventing travel to Las Vegas shows. Manufacturing profit margins under pressure following recent rough price hikes. Alrosa sells $334M of rough in July. Gem Diamonds 1H sales +41% to $104M, Letšeng mine average price +10% to $1,886/ct. Lucara Diamond 2Q revenue of $46M vs. $8M last year, profit of $6M. US June polished imports +93% to $1.6B, exports +139% to $1.2B.

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 commanding premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Good retail sales making for upbeat trading. Dealers preparing for JCK Las Vegas show (August 27 to 30), although most Belgian, Indian and Israeli diamond suppliers unable to attend due to travel restrictions. Strong memo sell-through across full range of sizes. Steady demand for 1 to 3 ct., G-J, SI-I1 goods as government stimulus supports mid-market jewelry spending. Suppliers struggling to replace inventory as prices keep rising. Fancy colors moving well.

Belgium: Business quiet during summer vacation period. Some companies disappointed they can’t attend JCK show due to unsuccessful US entry applications. No national pavilion at fair amid travel uncertainty. Rough trading steady.

Israel: Dealers enjoying robust US demand as holiday selling period approaches. Retailers buying for inventory, boosting optimism among suppliers. Bourse activity more subdued than in previous weeks as Covid-19 cases rise; possibility of fourth lockdown. July polished exports +68% year on year but showing slower growth than in second quarter.

India: Trading has cooled amid summer break in some overseas markets. Steady US and Hong Kong orders; strong appetite for lower-value diamonds under 0.20 ct. Customers willing to pay more to secure goods as travel restrictions limit buying options. Emeralds and pears moving well. Surat manufacturing units gradually raising production ahead of holiday season.

Hong Kong: Stable market with shortages in select categories of polished. Sellers offering minimal price flexibility. Dealers focused on specific items; good demand for 1 ct., D-J, VS-SI2, 3X diamonds. China retail steady as consumers continue to spend locally instead of traveling. Larger jewelers expanding mainland store networks amid positive outlook for fourth-quarter sales. Hong Kong luxury retail struggling due to lack of tourists.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Aug 19, 2021 10:30 AM By Rapaport News
Dealers optimistic about US market ahead of next week’s Las Vegas shows. Low visitor traffic expected. Buyers who do attend will be looking for goods and testing price levels. Foreign suppliers unable to go but watching for signals about trends and holiday prospects. Polished prices stable despite seasonal slowdown. Buyers resisting higher prices; sellers holding prices firm due to steep rough costs. Rough market robust. Stable supply anticipated at Aug. De Beers sight. Alrosa 2Q profit $412M vs. $4M in 2020. Rapaport Breakfast and Social Responsibility Conference taking place at JCK on Sunday, August 29. Register here. Rapaport Magazine publishes special Social Responsibility issue.

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 commanding premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Market upbeat in anticipation of Las Vegas shows. Steady flow of advance requests to view goods. Some hoping absence of overseas exhibitors will boost opportunities for locals. Recent price growth making sourcing difficult. Solid demand for round, F-I, VS-SI, 3X diamonds. Fancy shapes moving well, especially ovals and elongated cushions. High-end jewelry brands doing well.

Belgium: Trading quiet; many dealers still on vacation. Rough in short supply ahead of next week’s De Beers sight.

Israel: Steady overseas demand lifting sentiment during seasonally quiet period. Optimism for US holiday season. Some companies attending Las Vegas shows; many not going due to new Covid-19 travel restrictions. Fourth local coronavirus wave raising concerns amid talk of possible lockdown in September.

India: US and Hong Kong orders supporting the market during summer lull. Polished production at 70% to 80% capacity, but manufacturers concerned about high rough prices. Dealers awaiting feedback on JCK; most Indians unable to attend. Good demand for dossiers in G to M colors. 1 ct. diamonds also selling nicely.

Hong Kong: Business improving. Steady interest in 1 ct., D-I, VS2-SI2, 3X goods. Suppliers maintaining stable discounts for 1 to 3 ct. sizes despite growing inventories and mixed demand. Pears, hearts and emeralds moving well. E-commerce spending buoyant during recent Qixi love festival. Local Hong Kong retail recovering slowly as government gets pandemic under control, but economic activity still sluggish.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,791.20 -0.32%

Silver $23.84 -0.86%

Platinum $1,048.31 -0.02%

Palladium $2,498.93 -0.01%


Currencies
Euro $1.18 -0.10%

Pound $1.37 -0.21%

Yuan($) 6.48 +0.18%

Rupee($) 74.14 +0.18%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $75.30 +1.92%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 14.72 +0.41%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 11.62 -1.36%

Titan INR 1,869.60 -0.04%

Richemont CHF 103.50 -0.10%

LVMH €622.10 -0.35%

Swatch Group CHF 263.00 +1.11%

Anglo American GBX 2,991.50 +2.77%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.69 +0.42%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.69 +3.76%

Gem Diamonds GBX 64.80 +0.78%
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,813.14 -0.18%

Silver $23.91 -0.36%

Platinum $1,009.68 -0.53%

Palladium $2,413.42 +0.15%


Currencies
Euro $1.18 +0.04%

Pound $1.38 -0.00%

Yuan($) 6.46 +0.02%

Rupee($) 73.03 +0.13%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $79.20 -1.12%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 15.76 +6.49%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 11.62 -1.36%

Titan INR 1,869.60 -0.04%

Richemont CHF 101.00 -1.17%

LVMH €626.80 +0.29%

Swatch Group CHF 258.20 -1.30%

Anglo American GBX 2,991.50 +2.77%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.70 -2.41%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.70 -1.41%

Gem Diamonds GBX 65.00 +1.56%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Sep 2, 2021 11:00 AM By Rapaport News
Dealers return from Las Vegas optimistic for holiday season. Good orders at JCK, Luxury, Antique and Couture shows signal positive sentiment among US independents. Major retailers did not attend but are seeing momentum online and in-store. Signet Jewelers 2Q revenue +101% to $1.8B, profit of $225M vs. loss of $82M a year earlier. Chow Sang Sang 1H sales +69% to $1.4B. Sustainability emerges as key branding and sales point. Brilliant Earth prepares Nasdaq IPO as 1H sales +78% to $163M, profit of $11M vs. $200K a year ago. Rough trading strong after De Beers sight; not enough polished to meet demand. Belgium July polished exports +23% to $710M, rough imports +147% to $927M.

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 commanding premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Upbeat trading at Las Vegas shows. Serious buyers present despite low attendance overall. Strong sales of round, 1 ct. and larger, E-I, VVS-SI, 3X diamonds. Fancy shapes also moving well. Positive demand for expensive items featuring high-quality melee. Traders optimistic about holiday season. US consumer confidence down in August amid concerns about Delta virus strain, according to The Conference Board.

Belgium: Market quiet during vacation period and ahead of upcoming religious holidays. Stable demand for 1 to 2 ct., G-J, VS-SI, 3X diamonds. Stones above 2.50 ct. also selling well. Customers buying in response to specific needs rather than for inventory as prices remain high. Rough trading strong.

Israel: Activity muted as Covid-19 spike continues and Jewish High Holy Days approach. Few Israelis able to attend Las Vegas shows because of travel restrictions. Good sales of 1 ct., G-I, VS-SI, 3X stones.

India: Trading stable. Scarcities supporting market as demand cools. Steady interest in round, 0.50 ct. and larger, G-I, SI goods. Fancy shapes moving well, especially ovals, pears, princesses and radiants. Rough expensive and in short supply amid summer closure of Antwerp market. Polished production limited; rough resale providing better margins than manufacturing. Reports from Jaipur Jewellery Show positive.

Hong Kong: Sales improving following slow summer season. Demand shifting to smaller sizes. Good movement in 0.30 to 0.80 ct., D-I, VVS-SI1 categories. 1 ct. market retreating due to high prices and greater availability. Low appetite for 2 ct. and larger. Local retail picking up; revenue from jewelry, watches, clocks and valuable gifts grew 27% year on year in July. Border closures continuing to support domestic Chinese spending.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,827.00 +0.02%

Silver $24.73 +0.08%

Platinum $1,017.07 -0.07%

Palladium $2,369.91 -0.33%


Currencies
Euro $1.19 -0.08%

Pound $1.39 -0.01%

Yuan($) 6.46 +0.09%

Rupee($) 73.01 +0.08%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $74.89 -3.96%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 16.20 -1.46%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 11.62 -1.36%

Titan INR 1,869.60 -0.04%

Richemont CHF 104.80 -0.66%

LVMH €648.70 -0.66%

Swatch Group CHF 266.60 -0.82%

Anglo American GBX 2,991.50 +2.77%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.77 +3.75%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.70 0.00%

Gem Diamonds GBX 64.30 -2.43%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Sep 30, 2021 10:30 AM By Rapaport News
Diamond market cautious after slow Sep. trading. Some softening in 0.30 to 0.70 ct. goods; 1 ct. and larger firm. US-focused dealers upbeat for 4Q holiday season as jewelry sales maintain momentum. US consumer confidence down following end of Covid-19 relief money and resurgence of Delta variant. China Oct. 1 Golden Week begins amid concerns about economic slowdown and government crackdown on tech wealth. Chow Tai Fook plans 2,000-store international expansion by 2025. Cutters operating at high capacity ahead of Diwali break. GIA continues to see five-week backlog at Mumbai lab. Rough market uncertain ahead of next week’s De Beers sight as prices on secondary market weaken.

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 commanding premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Slow week with many 47th Street dealers away for Jewish festivals. Trading expected to improve as fourth-quarter holidays approach. Jewelers anticipating strong November-December engagement season due to pent-up wedding demand. July polished imports up 115% at $1.73 billion; polished exports up 34% at $1.16 billion.

Belgium: Market quiet as Jewish and Indian traders return from respective holidays. Dealers expect activity to pick up in coming weeks before India’s Diwali break. US orders steady. China demand cautious. Rough sentiment mixed.

Israel: Activity limited; many taking vacation over eight-day Sukkot festival (September 20 to 28). Dealers focused on filling US holiday demand. Good orders for 1.50 to 2 ct., G-J, VS-SI diamonds. August polished exports up 84% at $345 million, with rough imports up 205% at $235 million.

India: Sentiment mixed in Mumbai. Suppliers to Hong Kong and China struggling. Those to US doing well. Dossiers below 1 ct. sluggish; some traders increasing discounts. Manufacturers submitting large volume of polished for grading. Factories scheduled to close for two weeks over Diwali (November 4). August polished exports rose 69% to $2.05 billion, and rough imports increased 143% to $1.21 billion.

Hong Kong: Wholesale trading quiet. Local dealers shut from Sep. 19 to 21 for Autumn Moon Festival and now preparing for fourth quarter. Very low expectations for Golden Week retail sales as tourist traffic remains limited due to Chinese border and travel restrictions. August revenue from jewelry, watches, clocks and valuable gifts up 28%. China retail outlook muted as analysts at Goldman Sachs predict economic slowdown.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,759.12 +0.38%

Silver $22.53 +1.18%

Platinum $998.19 +0.76%

Palladium $1,988.38 +1.42%


Currencies
Euro $1.16 +0.22%

Pound $1.36 +0.38%

Yuan($) 6.45 -0.12%

Rupee($) 75.54 -0.39%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $82.05 -4.04%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 16.44 +1.48%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 11.62 -1.36%

Titan INR 1,869.60 -0.04%

Richemont CHF 101.30 +0.15%

LVMH €633.90 +0.35%

Swatch Group CHF 245.10 0.00%

Anglo American GBX 2,991.50 +2.77%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.69 -0.29%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.63 0.00%

Gem Diamonds GBX 59.00 +4.98%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Oct 14, 2021 10:30 AM
Rising expectations for US holiday season as retailers see strong sales momentum. Major jewelers carrying good inventory and hoping to capitalize on shipping delays affecting electronics and appliances. Signet Jewelers raises 4Q forecast, agrees to buy Diamonds Direct for $490M. LVMH 3Q jewelry sales +125% to $2.5B, buoyed by Tiffany acquisition. China outlook cautious after drop in domestic tourist spending during Oct. Golden Week. Chow Tai Fook 2Q sales +56%. Rough market quiet amid price concerns and shortages. Alrosa Sept. rough sales -12% to $289M. Rio Tinto invests in Angola’s Chiri exploration project. Sotheby’s Hong Kong garners $50M, but top lots fail to sell.

Fancies: Market robust. Prices high and stable. 1.20 to 3.99 ct., F-J, VS-SI is hottest category and seeing shortages. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative shapes. Dealers report increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds, Princesses, long Radiants and Marquises. Ovals and Radiants closing price gap with Rounds. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Excellent cuts popular and commanding premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Market improving as retail jewelers prepare for holidays. Pent-up wedding demand fueling robust engagement-ring sales. Steady orders for 1 to 2 ct., F-K, VS-SI, 3X diamonds. Larger sizes also moving well for bridal. High price levels making it hard for dealers to source goods they can resell at a profit.

Belgium: Polished trading quiet amid decline in Chinese demand. US orders driving activity; stable market for 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI diamonds. Fancy shapes and fancy colors improving as consumers seek unique pieces. Secondary rough market slower, with fewer goods available and concerns growing about profitability.

Israel: Suppliers optimistic for the holiday season. Dealers looking for merchandise but struggling to find lucrative opportunities. Buyers pushing for higher discounts; sellers holding firm due to steep rough costs. Solid interest in 1 ct., G-J, VS2-I1, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Weaker demand for 0.30 to 0.50 ct., D-H, IF-SI items.

India: Manufacturers maintaining high production levels to fill US holiday orders ahead of Diwali break (beginning Nov. 4). Good liquidity among large exporters. Profit margins tight due to expense of rough. Smaller cutting units finding it difficult to buy rough on secondary market. Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) opens first International Gem & Jewellery Show in Dubai.

Hong Kong: Trading down amid weak consumer sentiment. Quarantine rules continue to limit retail sales as luxury tourist shoppers remain unable to visit. Informa Markets replaces November show with online event. Chinese market cautious following coronavirus surge, power shortages and real-estate crisis.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,768.90 -0.21%

Silver $23.37 +0.08%

Platinum $1,049.67 -0.51%

Palladium $2,010.43 -0.93%


Currencies
Euro $1.16 -0.05%

Pound $1.37 -0.16%

Yuan($) 6.44 -0.06%

Rupee($) 75.06 +0.31%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $86.48 -0.31%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 18.40 +11.92%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 11.62 -1.36%

Titan INR 1,869.60 -0.04%

Richemont CHF 109.90 +1.20%

LVMH €664.80 -0.36%

Swatch Group CHF 251.00 +0.28%

Anglo American GBX 2,991.50 +2.77%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.70 -1.16%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.63 0.00%

Gem Diamonds GBX 60.20 +3.61%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Oct 21, 2021 10:40 AM
Jewelers optimistic for the holiday season. Polished demand outpacing supply, but inventory levels rising and buyers concerned about price increases. Approximately 1.7M stones valued at $7.5B on RapNet. Supplier prices firm due to high rough costs. Strong memo sell-through. De Beers sees robust rough demand at $490M Sep. sight; 3Q production +28% to 9.2M cts., sales volume +18% to 7.8M cts. Alrosa warns of rough shortages, says 10% price hike drove 3Q revenue +59% to $938M. India Sep. rough imports +24% to $1.7B. De Beers’ Lightbox to sell loose lab-grown stones to consumers. Chow Tai Fook testing synthetics brand. Rapaport Auctions sells $8,867,863 (80% by lot and 82% by value).

Fancies: Market robust. Prices high and stable. 1.20 to 3.99 ct., F-J, VS-SI is hottest category and seeing shortages. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative shapes. Dealers report increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds, Princesses, long Radiants and Marquises. Ovals and Radiants closing price gap with Rounds. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Excellent cuts popular and commanding premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Business steady as jewelers prepare for the holiday season. Some concern retailers won’t have enough merchandise to match demand. Dealers struggling to find stock that can resell at a profit. Good appetite for 2 to 3 ct., F-J, VS-SI diamonds. Stones below 1 ct. relatively weak. Well-made fancies strong.

Belgium: Polished trading stable. Growing worries about softening Far East market. 1 ct., F-H, VVS diamonds moving well, with focus on US bridal lines. Fancy colors slower than before. Rough trading robust as stones garner steady premiums on the secondary market.

Israel: Positive sentiment despite relatively low activity. Focus is on US market, with increased orders for 1.50 to 2 ct., G-J, VS-SI stones. 3 to 5 ct. fancy shapes also performing well. Dealers finding it hard to acquire the right items at reasonable prices. Buyers starting to travel again, seeking diamonds in India and Hong Kong.

India: US supporting the market as retailers ready holiday offerings. Solid demand for 0.50 to 1 ct., G-H, VS-SI diamonds. High rough prices limiting manufacturing levels even with Diwali break approaching (beginning Nov. 4). Traders expecting longer down time than usual for factories because of thin profit margins. Buyers reluctant to purchase polished for inventory. Local jewelry sales picking up ahead of wedding season.

Hong Kong: Brisk trading ahead of fourth-quarter festivities and Chinese New Year. Demand up for 0.30 to 0.80 ct., D-I, VVS-SI goods; 1 ct. also strong in both rounds and fancies. Retail improving as coronavirus situation eases. Mixed outlook for peak season, with gold jewelry outperforming studded pieces.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,794.27 +0.18%

Silver $24.03 +0.32%

Platinum $1,008.32 +0.41%

Palladium $1,881.02 +2.48%


Currencies
Euro $1.16 -0.09%

Pound $1.38 +0.14%

Yuan($) 6.40 +0.05%

Rupee($) 75.05 -0.22%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $87.26 -4.44%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 15.42 -2.28%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 11.62 -1.36%

Titan INR 1,869.60 -0.04%

Richemont CHF 113.30 -0.74%

LVMH €664.30 -0.11%

Swatch Group CHF 247.40 -0.80%

Anglo American GBX 2,991.50 +2.77%

Petra Diamonds GBX 1.59 -2.45%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.62 -4.62%

Gem Diamonds GBX 62.60 -0.63%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Oct 28, 2021 10:30 AM By Rapaport News
Indian suppliers filling final orders ahead of Diwali break. Manufacturing slowing before the festival with factories closing from Nov. 4 to 22. Robust US jewelry sales stimulating diamond trade. High expectations for the holiday season. De Beers research shows sustainability ranks alongside price and design in consumer considerations when buying jewelry; Insight Report estimates 2020 global rough sales -20% to $11.1B, production -18% to 114M cts., polished demand -15% to $23B, diamond-jewelry demand -14% to $68B. Petra Diamonds FY1Q revenue +48% to $115M. India appeals to Alrosa for rough supply to help small cutters. The Rapaport Group wishes all our friends a happy Diwali.

Fancies: Market robust. Prices high and stable. 1.20 to 3.99 ct., F-J, VS-SI is hottest category and seeing shortages. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative shapes. Dealers report increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds, Princesses, long Radiants and Marquises. Ovals and Radiants closing price gap with Rounds. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Excellent shape commanding premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Jewelers upbeat ahead of holiday season. Consumer confidence improving as spread of Covid-19 delta variant eases. Nearly half of consumers planning vacation, signaling gradual return of travel and experience economy, according to Conference Board. Dealers and wholesale jewelers busy filling orders, with strength in bridal. Good demand for 1 to 1.50 ct., G-H, VS-SI diamonds.

Belgium: Positive sentiment driven by steady US orders. Market more influenced by demand than supply factors, despite shortages of select categories. Good appetite for 1 to 2 ct. sizes; buyers focused on sourcing 3X stones. Some softness in 4 to 5 ct. diamonds. Fancy shapes above 1 ct. selling well.

Israel: Dealers seeing strong orders but frustrated by high replacement cost. Widening price gap between bulk inventory purchases and specific orders. Some suppliers losing sales because of inventory shortages. 1 to 2 ct., G-J, VS-SIs in demand. 0.30 to 0.50 ct. also selling, helping to ease the price decline from previous weeks. Growing concern about high rough prices.

India: Stable trading ahead of Diwali break, which begins Nov. 4. Polished production slowing as factories wind down for the festival. Mumbai market to shut until Nov. 9; Surat until Nov. 22. Steady demand for 1 to 3 ct., D-H, VS-SIs; 3 ct. strong in H-J. Lower colors weak. Buyers placing strong emphasis on excellent cuts. Rough dealers looking for goods but are cautious due to high prices.

Hong Kong: Market gradually improving. Steady orders for 1 ct., D-J, VS-SI diamonds. Fancy shapes also selling well, with good demand for pear, emerald, and heart shape, 1 to 2 ct., D-H, VVS-VS stones. Rising expectations for Christmas retail sales. Jewelers seeing strong interest in engagement ring and bridal collections due to pent-up wedding demand. Some caution over economic situation in mainland China.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Nov 4, 2021 10:30 AM By Rapaport News

Diamond industry confident for holiday season. US trade upbeat amid steady retail orders. Indian suppliers take Diwali vacation. Dealers focusing on sales; buying has become difficult due to expensive rough and increased competition from large manufacturers selling direct to retailers. Polished prices stabilizing as buyers complete holiday orders. 1 ct. RAPI -0.2% in Oct. US polished imports +118% to $1.8B, exports +64% to $1.2B. Consolidation continues as JBT reports number of jewelry businesses down 2% to 23,984 in 3Q. Rough market stable ahead of next week’s De Beers sight. Letšeng 3Q average price -28% to $1,589/ct. The Rapaport Group wishes all our friends a happy Diwali.

Fancies: Market robust. Prices high and stable. 1.20 to 3.99 ct., F-J, VS-SI is hottest category and seeing shortages. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative shapes. Dealers report increased sales of fancy-shape engagement rings. Rise in orders for Ovals, Pears, Emeralds, Princesses, long Radiants and Marquises. Ovals and Radiants closing price gap with Rounds. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Excellent shape commanding premiums. Steady orders in China helping the market. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Buoyant retail demand, with bridal segment driving the market. Jewelers taking goods on memo and seeing strong sell-through. Steady demand for round, 1 to 3 ct., G-I, VS, 3X diamonds. Fancy shapes also selling well. Suppliers with large inventory offering higher discounts to cash buyers. Smaller companies offering long payment terms to secure deals. Dealers struggling to replace sold inventory at profitable price points.

Belgium: Positive sentiment as suppliers fill orders for US and European holiday season. High end robust ahead of GemGenève show and Geneva auctions. Steady demand for 1 ct., G-I, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Rough trading resilient. September polished exports jump 32% to $691.5 million, rough imports flat at $838.6 million.

Israel: Business stable. Dealers struggling to find the right goods at reasonable prices. US holiday orders driving activity. Diamond Exchange hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) Economy Minister to discuss setting up free-trade zone and improving relations with UAE.

India: Market closes for two-to-three weeks due to Diwali. Mumbai businesses on vacation until November 9; Surat factories to return around November 22. Reports of strong domestic jewelry sales on Dhanteras, an important gold-buying occasion. September polished exports rise 22% year on year to $1.91 billion, rough imports up 24% to $1.67 billion.

Hong Kong: Wholesale activity picking up ahead of holidays and Chinese New Year (February 1). Steady demand for 1 ct., F-H, VS2-SI2, 3X diamonds; 0.50 to 0.70 ct. also moving well. Fine cuts in short supply. Good market for fancy shapes, especially in higher clarities. Local retail improving as coronavirus situation eases and government distributes consumption vouchers. Hong Kong hard-luxury sales up 16% to HKD 3.18 billion ($408.5 million) in September.
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