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Silver $19.87 +0.17%

Platinum $890.00 +0.45%

Palladium $1,988.00 +0.75%


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Euro $1.02 +0.28%

Pound $1.22 +0.46%

Yuan($) 6.75 +0.04%

Rupee($) 78.60 +0.43%


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Chow Sang Sang HKD 11.62 -1.36%

Titan INR 1,869.60 -0.04%

Richemont CHF 112.00 -1.71%

LVMH €679.00 -1.35%

Swatch Group CHF 244.90 -3.05%

Anglo American GBX 2,991.50 +2.77%

Petra Diamonds GBX 102.00 -4.67%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.65 +1.56%

Gem Diamonds GBX 47.00 -1.26%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Aug 4, 2022 10:00 AM By Rapaport News

News: Diamond market quiet. Deep concerns about trading slowdown and prospects for 2H. US retail steady; jewelers cautious about buying large amounts of inventory. China sluggish amid rising geopolitical tensions and economic uncertainty. Mumbai IIJS show opens with spotlight on domestic jewelry market, exchange rate volatility, and rough supply. Rough trading stable as Alrosa’s isolation spurs demand for non-Russian production. Miners and service providers accelerating source-verification programs. Lucapa 2Q revenue -36% to $22M, recovers 170 ct., type IIa pink at Lulo mine. Asian Star 1Q sales +45% to $159M, profit +4% to $2.7M. GIA to open Dubai lab. AGTA appoints John Ford as CEO.

Fancies: Market has cooled for 0.30 to 1.20 ct. diamonds. Supply shortages of well-cut fancies supporting prices. 1.20 to 3.99 ct., F-J, VS-SI goods stable. Oval is leading shape, followed by Radiant, Emerald, Pear, Cushion and Marquise. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative cuts. Growing interest in fancy-shape engagement rings. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Excellent shapes commanding premiums. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Activity improving after last month’s seasonal slowdown. Inflation has split retail market: Wealthy still spending on luxury goods, but middle-class Americans prioritizing essential purchases. Steady demand from high-end jewelers as industry starts to prepare holiday inventory. Solid movement in 3 ct. and larger, F-H, VS-SI categories. Weaker appetite for 1 to 2 ct., G-I, SI-I1 diamonds destined for lower-income consumers.

Belgium: Bourses shut for summer. Traders uncertain about second half due to US and China volatility and high rough prices. GIA Antwerp lab closes amid limited demand.

Israel: Trading quiet during vacation period and decline in global orders. Locals reluctant to buy as overseas clients reduce their inventory needs. Country’s polished exports drop 7% year on year to $296.6 million in July; rough exports fall 10% to $127.9 million.

India: Demand down amid uncertainty in US market and ongoing weakness in China. Prices for certified diamonds have slid in rounds and fancy shapes. Parcel goods also slow. Polished production still low as high rough costs continue squeezing manufacturing margins. Many hoping India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) will kickstart trading.

Hong Kong: Activity sluggish amid summer lull and lack of cross-border travel. Slow trading at recent Hong Kong International Jewellery Show; few foreign businesses were present. Government consumption vouchers having limited impact on luxury sector. June retail sales of jewelry, watches, clocks and valuable gifts up 2.3% year on year at HKD 3.39 billion ($431.2 million), but market losing steam compared to previous months. Stores shifting to online focus as in-person traffic declines.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,789.12 +0.18%

Silver $20.71 -0.56%

Platinum $942.00 -0.32%

Palladium $2,158.00 -1.30%


Currencies
Euro $1.02 +0.31%

Pound $1.21 +0.18%

Yuan($) 6.75 +0.04%

Rupee($) 79.60 -0.05%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $63.68 -0.52%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 16.40 +1.11%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 11.62 -1.36%

Titan INR 1,869.60 -0.04%

Richemont CHF 114.70 +1.73%

LVMH €689.10 +1.01%

Swatch Group CHF 253.90 +1.44%

Anglo American GBX 2,991.50 +2.77%

Petra Diamonds GBX 104.00 +2.97%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.63 -4.55%

Gem Diamonds GBX 47.15 +2.95%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Aug 11, 2022 10:00 AM
News: Diamond market cautious amid China slowdown and US economic uncertainty. Polished prices declining. Inventory remains high. IIJS show reflects upbeat Indian jewelry market and spurs optimism for Diwali. Cutters maintaining lower production and anticipate strong demand for De Beers rough at next week’s sight. Speculation that large manufacturers able to purchase Alrosa rough through non-dollar payment channels. Signet Jewelers inks deal to buy Blue Nile for $360M, lowers FY revenue guidance by 5% to $7.6B vs. $7.8B last year. Titan 1Q sales +169% to $1.2B, profit of $99M vs. $2.3M last year. Sarine 1H revenue -13% to $13M, profit -48% to $6.5M, reflecting drop in rough sales and manufacturing.

Fancies: Market has cooled for 0.30 to 1.20 ct. diamonds. Supply shortages of well-cut fancies supporting prices. 1.20 to 3.99 ct., F-J, VS-SI goods stable. Oval is leading shape, followed by Radiant, Emerald, Pear, Cushion and Marquise. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative cuts. Growing interest in fancy-shape engagement rings. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Excellent shapes commanding premiums. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Trading stable amid high-end growth. Mid-market weakening due to impact of inflation on budgets. Demand for 3 ct. and larger diamonds strong; 1 ct. stones softer. Drop in polished prices has given buyers upper hand and pressed Indian manufacturers to offer more attractive terms. Melee slow. Jewelers assessing consequences of Signet-Blue Nile deal.

Belgium: Market quiet during summer shutdown. Bourses closed for another week. Rough trade slow ahead of next week’s De Beers sight (August 15 to 19). Polished dealers uncertain due to decline in orders from US and China.

Israel: Bourse officially on vacation from August 8 to 21. Activity limited; many dealers absent. Market sluggish amid global slowdown. Traders hoping for improvement ahead of fourth-quarter holidays.

India: Domestic market upbeat. Mumbai IIJS fair signals robust jewelry demand as Diwali festival and wedding season approach. Gold driving local sales. Diamonds also popular due to cultural changes and Western style influences. Titan reports strong growth as consumers shift to brands such as Tanishq. Manufacturers concerned about China slowdown but expect steady US holiday sales despite current slump. Lower rough supply reducing polished production. Large manufacturers keeping workers busy with lab-grown rough.

Hong Kong: Sentiment picking up as government shortens quarantine period for arrivals. Dealers optimistic that increase in tourism will boost sales in coming months. Consumers receiving latest batch of stimulus vouchers, but impact on luxury spending expected to be small. Mainland orders improving; solid interest in 0.30 to 0.80 ct. and 1 to 2 ct., F-H, VS-SI1, 3X diamonds. Engagement-ring
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,791.78 -0.24%

Silver $20.59 -1.58%

Platinum $944.00 +1.27%

Palladium $2,172.00 +1.84%


Currencies
Euro $1.03 +0.16%

Pound $1.22 -0.15%

Yuan($) 6.72 +0.31%

Rupee($) 79.10 +0.65%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $70.45 +5.06%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 15.78 -0.63%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 11.62 -1.36%

Titan INR 1,869.60 -0.04%

Richemont CHF 112.05 0.00%

LVMH €700.40 +0.21%

Swatch Group CHF 238.00 -1.16%

Anglo American GBX 2,991.50 +2.77%

Petra Diamonds GBX 101.00 -5.61%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.69 +7.81%

Gem Diamonds GBX 41.00 -14.58%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Aug 18, 2022 10:00 AM By Rapaport News
News: Trading seasonally quiet during summer lull. Lack of sales to Far East weakening sentiment, with US demand supporting market. Increasing concern about impact of inflation and higher interest rates on mid-income consumers. Holiday outlook positive. Manufacturers maintaining lower production due to slowdown in orders. Polished trading sluggish. Rough prices stable at De Beers sight; premiums drop to around 2% on secondary market, leaving little room for profit. Gem Diamonds 1H revenue -4% to $100M, average price -7% to $1,745/ct. Brilliant Earth 2Q sales +18% to $109M. Sarine launches automated in-factory grading. Pandora to roll out lab-grown collection in US on Aug. 25.

Fancies: Market has cooled for 0.30 to 1.20 ct. diamonds. Supply shortages of well-cut fancies supporting prices. 1.20 to 3.99 ct., F-J, VS-SI goods stable. Oval is leading shape, followed by Radiant, Emerald, Pear, Cushion and Marquise. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative cuts. Growing interest in fancy-shape engagement rings. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Excellent shapes commanding premiums. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Market improving after summer slowdown. Trade optimistic for holiday season. Overseas suppliers holding prices firm. Steady memo demand for 3X round, 1.20 ct.+, F-H, VS-SI goods. Stones above 2 ct. performing better than smaller sizes, reflecting reduced mid-market sales due to inflation. Some improvement in 1 ct. segment.

Belgium: Slow activity during vacation period with bourses still closed for summer. Rough trading reduced during De Beers sight week due to concern about consumer demand; rough premiums declining.

Israel: Diamond exchange on summer break, with few dealers present. Optimism for holidays as US demand remains solid.

India: Short week due to 75th Independence Day. US orders supporting trade during summer lull in Belgium and Israel. Limited sales to China, which is still suffering effects of Covid-19 lockdowns. Some US buyers reporting high asking prices and limited discounts. Polished production remains low due to uncertain demand and shortages of Russian rough. Titan reports increase in market share and notes rise in sourcing costs since November 2021 because suppliers have increased prices.

Hong Kong: Market continues to improve. Local sentiment picking up as coronavirus situation eases. China slow. Jewelers increasing inventory levels gradually in preparation for holiday period. Expectations rising for fourth quarter. China reports mainland July retail sales of gold, silver and jewelry up 22% year on year to CNY 24.7 billion ($3.65 billion).
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,697.78 -0.61%

Silver $19.65 -1.21%

Platinum $907.00 -0.11%

Palladium $2,100.00 -1.19%


Currencies
Euro $1.00 -0.04%

Pound $1.15 -0.23%

Yuan($) 6.96 +0.20%

Rupee($) 79.46 +0.28%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $58.14 -8.53%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 14.48 -1.23%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 11.62 -1.36%

Titan INR 1,869.60 -0.04%

Richemont CHF 106.00 -0.42%

LVMH €654.20 +0.51%

Swatch Group CHF 228.40 +0.22%

Anglo American GBX 2,991.50 +2.77%

Petra Diamonds GBX 112.00 +1.82%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.60 -1.64%

Gem Diamonds GBX 36.50 0.00%
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Rapaport Market Brief - September 15, 2022
Sep 15, 2022 11:00 AM By Rapaport News


News: Diamond market uncertain as prices continue decline amid sluggish trading. Program goods, including nice SIs and oversizes, doing better than lower qualities. Discretionary spending squeezed as Aug. US inflation +8.3% from a year ago and stock market plunges. Rising expectations for holiday season with pent-up demand for in-store shopping. Mastercard projects Nov.-Dec. US jewelry sales +2.2%; Deloitte forecasts overall retail +4% to 6%. US demand supporting the trade. Rough trading cautious with reduced auction demand before next week’s De Beers sight. Petra Diamonds FY sales +44% to $585M, profit -55% to $88M. New Watch & Jewellery Initiative for sustainability gains nine members.

Fancies: Market has cooled for 0.30 to 1.20 ct. diamonds. Supply shortages of well-cut fancies supporting prices. 1.20 to 3.99 ct., F-J, VS-SI goods stable. Oval is leading shape, followed by Radiant, Emerald, Pear, Cushion and Marquise. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative cuts. Growing interest in fancy-shape engagement rings. Excellent shapes commanding premiums. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Positive sentiment with optimistic outlook for holiday season. Jewelers seeing strong demand for branded pieces and classic categories such as tennis bracelets, pendants, and bridal. Polished trading improving. New York dealers filling orders for rounds in 1 ct. and larger, and fancies above 2 ct. Top-quality, 3X goods with no fluorescence are bestsellers as demand has narrowed and buyers have become more selective.

Belgium: Polished trading uncertain amid slowdown in demand. Buyers pushing for higher discounts, sensing suppliers need to raise liquidity and move inventory. US orders steady, with good demand for 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI diamonds. Rough market cautious ahead of next week’s De Beers sight. Buzz about Antwerp’s Facets 2022 conference, which took place Sep. 14 to 15.

Israel: Trading cautious as prices continue decline. Buyers anticipating lower prices and prepared to wait before placing bulk orders. Steady US sales not enough to compensate for weakness in other markets. Slight slowdown in 1 ct. rounds. Fancies above 2 ct. improving. Bidders making lower offers at rough auctions.

India: Market sluggish amid weak Far East demand. Liquidity concerns as sales have dropped. Some optimism that Jewellery & Gem World show in Singapore will kick-start trading. Slow movement in 0.30 to 0.50 ct. categories. Larger sizes better. Rising buyer interest in fancy shapes. Polished production below capacity; inventory high and rough supply expensive.

Hong Kong: Trading slow but sentiment better than during lockdowns in China. Optimism that Covid-19 restrictions will ease further, enabling reduced quarantine periods. Few buyers and dealers traveling to Singapore for jewelry show due to isolation requirements on return. Jewelers have reduced inventory buying ahead of Oct. 1 Golden Week.
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Rapaport Market Brief - September 22, 2022
Sep 22, 2022 11:00 AM


News: Polished demand slower than usual at this time of year. Jewelers optimistic for holiday season but hesitant to buy inventory. Consumers seeking convenient and interactive shopping experience that combines digital and in-store platforms. De Beers rough prices stable at Sep. sight; secondary market seeing fewer buyers and lower premiums. Grib Diamonds cancels Oct. auction after bank blocks customer payments. India Aug. polished exports -7% to $1.9B, rough imports +12% to $1.4B. US July polished imports +9% to $1.9B. Rapaport offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday (Sep. 26-27) due to Rosh Hashanah. Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy, prosperous and peaceful Jewish New Year.

Fancies: Fashion driving demand for elongated ovals, emeralds and radiants. Goods with medium and short ratios are weak and declining in value. Slow market for 0.30 to 1.20 ct. diamonds. 1.25 and larger, F-J, VS-SI goods stable. Supply shortages of well-cut fancies supporting prices. Oval is leading shape, followed by Radiant, Emerald, Pear, Cushion and Marquise. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative cuts. Excellent shapes commanding premiums. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Sentiment mixed as holiday orders are relatively slow. Jewelers carefully managing inventory, keeping fewer goods in store and taking more on memo. Melee and smaller sizes slightly slower. 1.25 to 2 ct., G-I, SIs and nice fancy shapes driving the market. Suppliers with the right goods and strong relationships are doing well.

Belgium: Polished trading steady with dealers focused on filling US holiday orders. Europe cautious amid economic uncertainty. Weak euro and high interest rates impacting sentiment. Stable demand for under 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI goods. 3 to 5 ct. categories also doing well. Rising demand for fancy-color diamonds. Rough trading slow during De Beers sight.

Israel: Activity quiet in diamond exchange as many dealers are abroad trying to sell before the Jewish festival period. US holiday orders driving sales, but SIs slightly weak. Suppliers focused on raising liquidity and reducing inventory. Elongated, fine-cut fancy shapes doing well. Bourse to close next Monday and Tuesday for Rosh Hashanah.

India: Market slow but stabilizing. US sales supporting trade amid continued slump in Far East. Weak demand for 0.30 to 0.40 ct. dossiers. Better movement in 0.50 ct. and larger, G-I, VS-SI categories. Rough market sluggish, with manufacturers seeking deep discounts on secondary market amid liquidity concerns. Polished production low despite upcoming Diwali festival (Oct. 24).

Hong Kong: Sentiment improving ahead of holiday season. Stable demand for diamonds under 2 ct. with F-J color, VS-SI2 clarity and VG+ cut. Government under pressure to abolish hotel quarantine as tourists and buyers stay away. Positive expectations for next week’s Jewellery & Gem World (JGW) Singapore show (Sep. 27-30); traders anticipate Singapore could rival Hong Kong as trading center if Covid-19 restrictions remain unchanged.
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Rapaport Market Brief - September 29, 2022
Diamond trading quiet over Jewish holidays. Dealers cautious due to market slowdown as polished prices continue decline. US jewelers optimistic for 4Q. Stock market slump and strong dollar affecting sentiment. Volatile euro and record-low Indian rupee (INR 81.90/$1) squeezing dealer liquidity. Singapore show opens to mixed expectations; Chinese buyers limited by Covid-19 travel restrictions. Rough market seeing reduced demand. Manufacturers have enough inventory ahead of Diwali break. Pear, 18.18 ct., fancy-vivid pink expected to fetch $25M to $35M ($1.4M-$1.9M/ct.) at Nov. Christie’s Geneva sale. Rapaport offices will be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 5, for the Yom Kippur holiday.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold $1,700.97 -0.08%

Silver $20.78 -0.31%

Platinum $900.00 -0.11%

Palladium $2,180.00 -0.18%


Currencies
Euro $0.98 -0.06%

Pound $1.13 -0.12%

Yuan($) 7.12 0.00%

Rupee($) 81.50 0.00%


Stocks
Signet Jewelers $61.89 +5.18%

Chow Tai Fook HKD 15.78 +7.64%

Chow Sang Sang HKD 11.62 -1.36%

Titan INR 1,869.60 -0.04%

Richemont CHF 99.94 -1.44%

LVMH €637.30 -1.47%

Swatch Group CHF 231.30 -2.03%

Anglo American GBX 2,991.50 +2.77%

Petra Diamonds GBX 104.00 -0.95%

Lucara Diamond CAD 0.56 +1.82%

Gem Diamonds GBX 31.30 -0.63%
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Rapaport Market Comment - October 27, 2022
Oct 27, 2022 10:50 AM By Rapaport News


News: Trading slow as India shuts for Diwali. Polished prices continue to decline amid weak demand and rising inventory. High-end doing well. De Beers research shows brands gaining market share, boosted by ethical assurances. Insight Report estimates 2021 global rough sales +47% to $16.4B, polished demand +27% to $28B, diamond-jewelry demand +27% to $87B. De Beers 3Q production +4% to 9.6M cts., sales volume +17% to 9.1M cts., increases buyback allowance for 1 ct.+ rough to 20% due to tough market. Petra Diamonds FY1Q revenue -9% to $104M. Swarovski, Breitling, Zales expand lab-grown offerings. De Beers names actress Lupita Nyong’o as its first global ambassador.

Fancies: Fashion driving demand for elongated Ovals, Emeralds and Radiants. Goods with medium and short ratios are weak and declining in value. Slow market for 0.30 to 1.20 ct. diamonds. 1.25 ct. and larger, F-J, VS-SI categories stable. Supply shortages of well-cut fancies supporting prices. Oval is leading shape, followed by Radiant, Emerald, Pear, Cushion and Marquise. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative cuts. Excellent shapes commanding premiums. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Mixed sentiment. Retail jewelers more optimistic than dealers for the season. Steady sales conversion of memo goods. Fine-cut fancy shapes selling well. Nice rounds, 0.70 to 0.90 ct. (3X, none) difficult to find. Melee market slightly slower but prices firm. Jewelry manufacturers on deadline for holiday collections.

Belgium: Market quiet with most Antwerp-based Indian dealers taking off for Diwali. Uncertainty fueled by expectations of further price declines. Melee goods maintaining steady prices; certified polished weak. Rough trading slow as sightholders welcome easing of De Beers buyback terms.

Israel: Cautious atmosphere after Jewish holidays. Dealers afraid to do business while prices continue to decline; keeping close watch on inventory to avoid being stuck with goods they can’t sell. Smaller stones below 0.18 ct. selling better than 1 ct. and larger. Suppliers to high end doing well.

India: Market closed for two-to-three weeks due to Diwali. Larger Mumbai businesses on vacation until October 31; Surat factories to return around November 15. Focus now on retail, with hope that strong gold demand for the festival will spill over to diamonds. Manufacturers raised discounts to boost sales before the break. Rough demand weak amid rising polished inventory.

Hong Kong: Gradual improvement in local wholesale and retail segments after easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Recovery restrained by lack of tourists, particularly from mainland China. Trading still lower than usual for this time of year. Stable demand for 0.30 to 0.80 ct., D-H, VVS-SI1, despite recent price declines. China retail lagging, as consumer sentiment diminished by ongoing pandemic controls.
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December 8, 2022
News: US jewelers optimistic as holiday sales gain momentum. Signet raises FY forecast after 3Q revenue +3% to $1.6B, profit -60% to $38M. Dealer trading cautious. Manufacturers under pressure to raise liquidity and reduce inventory. Small stones doing better than 1 ct.+. China slow, but some speculating that select categories have bottomed. De Beers extends sightholder contracts for a year due to market uncertainty, keeps prices stable at Dec. sight. Christie’s NY sells $59M (93% by lot), including pear, 32.62 ct., fancy-blue, potentially IF diamond for $11.8M ($373K/ct.). Sotheby’s NY sells $50M (81% by lot), with pear, 303.10 ct., fancy-brownish-yellow, IF going for $12.4M ($41K/ct.).

Fancies: Fashion driving demand for elongated Ovals, Emeralds and Radiants. Goods with medium and short ratios are weak and declining in value. Slow market for 0.30 to 1.20 ct. diamonds. 1.25 ct. and larger, F-J, VS-SI categories stable. Supply shortages of well-cut fancies supporting prices. Oval is leading shape, followed by Radiant, Emerald, Pear, Cushion and Marquise. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative cuts. Excellent shapes commanding premiums. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.


United States:

Good business amid holiday demand, but activity and mood lower than last year. Steady memo calls seeing decent conversion to sales. Mall traffic strong, but consumers using online platforms and social media for research and buying. Fancy shapes hotter than rounds, particularly elongated cuts.


Belgium:

Trading quiet as dealers focus on filling last-minute US holiday orders. Buyers being selective and struggling to find the right stones at the right price. Narrowing of demand has left suppliers with large inventories of hard-to-move goods. Market soft for diamonds above 1 ct.; 0.30 to 0.50 ct., G-J, SI category has improved. Rough market cautious during De Beers sight.


Israel:

Sentiment weak in the bourse. Buyers lack urgency and are prepared to wait for right deal. Many suppliers in US pushing for final holiday sales boost. Far East demand down. Chinese buyers expressing some interest in 0.30 ct. goods. High availability of diamonds above 1 ct. Rising concerns about how lab-grown diamonds will impact bridal segment.


India:

Activity slow amid uncertain overseas demand. US orders solid during peak holiday season. China sluggish; many hope that easing of Covid-19 rules will stimulate recovery. Hong Kong seeing some movement in certified diamonds. Rough market weak amid low polished production levels. Lab-grown sales steady as discounts continue to increase, some reaching -97%/-99% below Rap List.


Hong Kong:

Chinese government reducing quarantine measures, boosting optimism for retail ahead of Lunar New Year. Stable market for 0.30 to 0.80 ct., D-H, VVS-SI1 diamonds. Fancy shapes seeing recovery in 0.80 to 2 ct. range. Local Hong Kong business improving, but tourist spending still slow.
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News: Diamond market quiet as trading tapers off for the holidays. Major dealers satisfied with season. Jewelers facing competition from general retailers that are discounting to offload excess inventory as consumers shift to lower price points. Economic caution fueling uncertainty about 2023. Covid-19 outbreak in China shaking confidence ahead of Lunar New Year (Jan. 22). Some concerned about post-holiday restocking; few fresh goods available since cutters lowered polished production. Indian suppliers keeping prices firm for 0.30 ct., D-F, IF-VVS certified goods. De Beers Dec. sight +22% to $410M, estimated 2022 rough sales +20% to $5.8B. Rapaport wishes everyone happy holidays.

Fancies: Fashion driving demand for elongated Ovals, Emeralds and Radiants. Goods with medium and short ratios are weak and declining in value. Slow market for 0.30 to 1.20 ct. diamonds. 1.25 ct. and larger, F-J, VS-SI categories stable. Supply shortages of well-cut fancies supporting prices. Oval is leading shape, followed by Radiant, Emerald, Pear, Cushion and Marquise. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative cuts. Excellent shapes commanding premiums. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.


United States:

Polished market seasonally quiet as wholesale sector shuts for Christmas-New Year period. Some dealers enjoyed last-minute orders and memo calls. General satisfaction with the season. Department stores less optimistic about jewelry than they were a year ago. Mid-size to large jewelers carefully managing inventory, hedging against potential downturn in 2023.


Belgium:

Very little trading; bourses closed for holidays. Companies made final shipments before going on vacation. Some looking for buying opportunities ahead of January post-season inventory replenishment. European luxury jewelers doing well and driving optimism for high-end diamond market.


Israel:

Bourse activity quiet; some dealers taking vacation over Hanukkah festival. Suppliers have finished holiday orders and are waiting to assess sell-through rate on memo items. Dealers bargain-hunting as seasonal lull begins. Newly polished goods difficult to find due to recent drop in manufacturing.


India:

Market sluggish since completion of US holiday orders and with China remaining slow. Steady demand from local diamond traders and jewelry manufacturers for 0.30 to 0.99 ct., D-F, IF-VVS1, 3X diamonds with no fluorescence. High gold prices creating some concerns for domestic consumers. Polished production down due to expense of rough.


Hong Kong:

Covid-19 wave hits mainland, denting retail traffic and consumer sentiment. Low expectations for Chinese New Year but hopes of recovery by March. Local Hong Kong demand improving as economy opens up for festival period. Lack of tourist traffic continues to limit recovery. Stable demand for 1 to 2 ct., D-H, VS-SI2, 3X goods.
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December 29, 2022
News: Sentiment mixed as Mastercard reports US Nov./Dec. holiday jewelry sales -5.4%, general retail +8%, e-commerce +11% and in-store +7%. Consumer confidence up in Dec. amid improved outlook for inflation and employment. Diamond trading slow due to end-of-year break and market uncertainty. Cutters maintaining low polished production after 2022 inventory buildup, anticipating cautious post-holiday demand. China slow as Covid-19 outbreak stifles recovery; lockdowns expected to lift for Jan. 22 lunar festival. Belgium 3Q rough imports +8% to EUR 1.8B, volume -30% to 11.7M cts., National Bank of Belgium reports. Rapaport wishes everyone a happy, healthy, ‎prosperous and peaceful New Year.‎

Fancies: Fashion driving demand for elongated Ovals, Emeralds and Radiants. Goods with medium and short ratios are weak and declining in value. Slow market for 0.30 to 1.20 ct. diamonds. 1.25 ct. and larger, F-J, VS-SI categories stable. Supply shortages of well-cut fancies supporting prices. Oval is leading shape, followed by Radiant, Emerald, Pear, Cushion and Marquise. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative cuts. Excellent shapes commanding premiums. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.


United States:

Dealer trading slow with wholesale market off between Christmas and New Year. Mood among jewelers positive as holiday sales exceed pre-pandemic levels despite year-on-year drop. Reports of strong revenue from lab-grown during festive period. Dealers’ expectations rising for January memo sales and post-holiday inventory replenishment. Finding right merchandise remains biggest challenge due to low supply of newly manufactured diamonds.


Belgium:

Market quiet. Bourses closed and most dealers on vacation for holidays this week and next. European retail sentiment mixed amid economic volatility. Luxury houses driving growth.


Israel:

General uncertainty during holiday lull. Some have extended their Hanukkah break due to weak demand. Suppliers waiting for memo returns to assess inventory needs. Sellers agreeing to lower prices than usual in effort to offload less-popular goods. Dealers struggling to compete with US counterparts and are looking toward niche segments to gain an edge.


India:

Business slow as US and European markets remain shut for holidays. China sluggish due to Covid-19 wave. Devaluation of rupee to INR 83/$1 raising concerns. Strong demand from local dealers for 0.30 to 0.99 ct., D-H, IF-VS2 diamonds with no black center. Rough slow even as restocking season approaches; manufacturers not buying for inventory. Polished production remains limited. Domestic jewelry sector weak amid high gold prices.


Hong Kong:

Little activity during vacation period and with Chinese demand slumping. Hong Kong jewelers running promotions to stimulate spending. Trade has deep concerns about mainland sales in short term but hopes to see recovery in coming months. Lunar New Year outlook unclear. China to open borders in January, offering potential boost to travel retail market.
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January 26, 2023
News: Polished market selective as jewelers start to replenish inventory they sold during holiday season. Buyers lack urgency. Dealers uncertain amid slow demand and mixed price trends. Midstream inventory slightly down as polished production remains low. Rough supply has dropped due to Alrosa restrictions. Mountain Province 2022 sales +25% to $297M, average price +49% to $112/ct. India’s 2022 polished exports -3% to $22.9B, rough imports +4% to $18.5B. Luxury jewelers upbeat and expect China recovery to drive growth. Swatch 2022 jewelry and watch sales +2% to $7.8B. Birks Nov.-Dec. holiday same-store sales -3.2%. RJC appoints journalist and curator Melanie Grant as executive director.

Fancies: Fashion driving demand for elongated Ovals, Emeralds and Radiants. Goods with medium and short ratios are weak and declining in value. Slow market for 0.30 to 1.20 ct. diamonds. 1.25 ct. and larger, F-J, VS-SI categories stable. Supply shortages of well-cut fancies supporting prices. Oval is leading shape, followed by Radiant, Emerald, Pear, Cushion and Marquise. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative cuts. Excellent shapes commanding premiums. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.


United States:

Some optimism ahead of the Centurion Jewelry Show (beginning January 28) and AGTA GemFair Tucson (January 31). Good traffic and positive sentiment at last week’s Miami Antique Show. Business is picking up, particularly for larger dealers and memo houses. Elongated ovals, 1 to 1.50 ct., F-H, SIs are hot, driven by retailers replenishing holiday inventory. Jewelers preparing Valentine’s Day promotions.


Belgium:

Sentiment weak with slow demand for this time of year. Small and mid-size dealers that supply commercial qualities note quiet trading. High-end robust after good 4Q for luxury jewelers. Positive reports from VicenzaOro show. Rough market stable but uncertain after De Beers price changes and with fewer goods available as EU considers next round of Russia sanctions.


Israel:

Dealers are hesitant as they’re unsure which direction the market will move. Many are holding goods out of fear of losing money if the downtrend continues. Some expectation that China’s reentry to the market will push up certain categories. Buyers struggling to find goods they need. Fancy shapes selling well.


India:

Market is slow, with Chinese buyers closed for the Lunar festival. Manufacturers are cautious and maintaining low polished production. Inventory has declined and there are shortages in certain categories that are in demand, such as elongated fancies. Melee is strong but profit margins have shrunk after recent De Beers rough price hikes for the category. 1 to 2 ct., D-F, IF-VVS steady; lower qualities in that size very slow. Local jewelry business steady during wedding season.


Hong Kong:

Wholesale market slow with most businesses closed for Chinese New Year. Tourist traffic from mainland improving since Covid-19 restrictions were lifted; Macau busy during Chinese New Year. Chinese and Hong Kong jewelers optimistic for 2023 after tough previous year. Rising demand for 0.30 ct., D-H, VS-SI diamonds.
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Market Comment

February 2, 2023
News: Trading slow for this time of year. US market cautious amid economic uncertainty. China-Hong Kong improving, with reports of good luxury sales during Lunar New Year. Trade hoping for release of pent-up Chinese demand and tourist shopping after Covid-19 restrictions lifted. Polished prices continue to decline; 1 ct. RAPI -0.9% in Jan. Small stones steady. Cutters refraining from large rough purchases. De Beers Jan. revenue -32% to $450M; 2022 sales volume -8% to 33.4M cts., production +7% to 34.6M cts., average price +35% to $197/ct. Letšeng 2022 sales -6% to $189M, average price -4% to $1,755/ct. LVMH 2022 watch and jewelry revenue +18% to $11.5B, operating profit +20% to $2.2B.

Fancies: Fashion driving demand for elongated Ovals, Emeralds and Radiants. Goods with medium and short ratios are weak and declining in value. Slow market for 0.30 to 1.20 ct. diamonds. 1.25 ct. and larger, F-J, VS-SI categories stable. Supply shortages of well-cut fancies supporting prices. Oval is leading shape, followed by Radiant, Emerald, Pear, Cushion and Marquise. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative cuts. Excellent shapes commanding premiums. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.


United States:

Slight lull in New York trading. Many dealers at the Centurion and AGTA shows. Mid- to high-level jewelers looking for goods but sensitive to price fluctuations. Hot items include diamond tennis bracelets, necklaces, hoop earrings and studs. Elongated fancies are strongest sellers among loose stones, especially clean G-H, SI goods. Consumer confidence down in January due to economic uncertainty, according to The Conference Board.


Belgium:

Busier traffic in the bourses, but sentiment still weak. Some high-end demand after European luxury brands reported strong holiday sales. US orders slow; China and Hong Kong improving. Rough market cautious; less new supply available than usual. Antwerp concerned about long-term implications of Russia-Ukraine conflict as EU mulls sanctions on Alrosa diamonds.


Israel:

Dealers seeing some market improvement, mainly due to slight uptick in Far East demand. US clients cautious, placing fewer orders than usual for January-February. Diamonds up to 0.30 ct. stable; 0.50 to 1 ct. difficult to move. Buyers are cherry-picking clean goods with the best proportions.


India:

Activity low amid sluggish US demand. China showing gradual recovery, driving interest in 0.30 to 0.69 ct., D-K, IF-I1, 3X diamonds with no fluorescence. Rough market stable following De Beers’ price changes at January sight. Polished production still below capacity due to global uncertainty. Industry leaders welcome Union Budget, which allocates government funds to nation’s lab-grown sector. Domestic jewelry sales solid during wedding season.


Hong Kong:

Trading and jewelry manufacturing relatively quiet after Lunar New Year festival. Mainland demand picking up following end of Covid-19 restrictions and opening of Hong Kong border. Engagement-ring segment supporting market, with steady appetite for 0.30 to 0.80 ct., D-J, VVS-SI2 diamonds. Jewelers waiting to see strength of recovery before assessing business prospects for the year.
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