New York: Diamond markets were positive in March after the Hong Kong show demonstrated steady Chinese demand for commercial-quality diamonds. The recent Basel shows signaled robust demand for top-quality large diamonds, fancy colored diamonds and fine-cut fancy shape diamonds.
The RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI™) for 1-carat diamonds increased 0.8 percent during the month, while RAPI for 0.30-carat diamonds grew 3.8 percent and RAPI for 0.50-carat diamonds rose 2 percent. RAPI for 3-carat diamonds increased 1.4 percent. Prices firmed in all categories during the first three months of 2014 and the trade enjoyed its strongest quarter since early 2011.
Rapaport Auctions will be holding its next single stone polished diamond auction and sale in Israel during the U.S. & International Diamond Week from April 6 to 10. As the leading recycler of diamonds in the world, Rapaport expects to offer over 2,000 diamonds at the sale.
Israel is a very strong supporter of the recycled market due to the expertise of its cutters who optimize the value of recut diamonds. Rapaport is pleased to be coordinating its efforts with the Israel Diamond Exchange and expects the upcoming event to attract hundreds of international buyers. The Rapaport sale will provide unprecedented opportunities for buyers to source a large quantity and wide variety of diamonds at fair market prices.
The Diamond Show is set to bring a sparkling revolution to the Basel jewelry and watch week. Opening its doors on March 27, at Basel’s Markthalle in Viaduktstrasse, the show will provide an opportunity for retailers, jewelers, designers, dealers and watch makers to source their diamonds and diamond jewelry from the best manufacturers around the world.
A large contingent of U.S. diamond manufacturers will be exhibiting top-quality diamonds in a pavilion organized by the Diamond Dealer’s Club of New York. “New York specializes in the finest quality of large diamonds and fancy color diamonds. The Diamond Show will provide international buyers with a great opportunity to access an extensive range of diamonds direct from the source,” said Mordy Rapaport, Director of Rapaport Exhibitions.
The Rapaport Melee Index (RMI™) for small diamonds increased by 4% to 130.54 during the fourth quarter of 2013. Year on year the index is up 3.5% from its level of 126.05 in December 2012.
The diamond market stabilized toward the end of the year after a period of weak demand and price declines in the second and third quarters. Melee diamond prices increased during the last quarter of 2013 as overall trading was boosted by holiday demand in December combined with shortages in supply. Sales during the holiday period exceeded the trade’s low expectations and despite continued consumer caution. Polished trading is expected to improve during the first quarter driven by the Chinese New Year and as U.S. retailers start to replenish sold inventory.
A new exclusive diamond show featuring the best diamonds from the world’s leading diamonds manufacturers and dealers will open in Basel, Switzerland on March 27, 2014. The show will be located in the iconic Markthalle building, only 300 meters from the Basel SBB train station and will be open to the trade, as well as private collectors and investors.
The Diamond Show will provide an innovative trading environment for buyers and sellers of diamonds and diamond jewelry. The exhibition will provide direct access to the finest quality diamonds from 60 of the best diamond manufacturers and dealers in the world. It will also include a specialized salon for natural fancy colored diamonds.
Certified polished diamond prices were stable in November supported by improving demand during the Christmas shopping season. Diamond dealers were focused on supplying U.S. jewelers with strong demand for lower priced commercial quality diamonds as consumers tighten their holiday shopping budgets.
The RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI™) for 1-carat certified diamonds was down 0.1 percent in November. RAPI for 0.30-carat diamonds rose 1.4 percent during the month, while RAPI for 0.50-carat diamonds increased 0.2 percent. RAPI for 3-carat diamonds declined 0.3 percent.
RapLab, a Rapaport Group company, is now offering synthetic diamond detection services to the diamond trade. The service will utilize DiamondSure® and DiamondView® technology developed by De Beers. RapLab will begin providing services in Ramat Gan, Israel and Mumbai, India on December 2. Additional service centers in New York and Surat will be available in the near future.
RapLab will provide testing for individual diamonds as well as implement statistical sampling protocols for parcels of diamonds.
Certified polished diamond prices fell in October as trading volume did not meet expectations for this time of the year. The U.S. continues to be the dominant market for polished ahead of the Christmas season. India’s pre-Diwali demand was weak and Chinese demand soft after the National Day Golden Week (October 1). Trading is selective with steady demand for 0.30-carat to 0.50-carat goods in commercial qualities (H-K, SI-I1).
The RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI™) for 1-carat certified diamonds fell 1.7 percent in October. RAPI for 0.30-carat diamonds rose 0.4 percent during the month, while RAPI for 0.50-carat diamonds increased 0.2 percent. RAPI for 3-carat diamonds declined 0.7 percent.
Certified diamond prices were stable in September with significantly reduced trading volume. Price sensitive Far East buyers are increasingly shifting to commercial qualities, while tight liquidity and weak domestic demand in India have reduced diamond trading and lowered expectations for the important Diwali holiday season. High rough diamond prices have disrupted manufacturing activity as polished suppliers focus on depleting existing high inventory.
The RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI) for 1-carat certified diamonds fell 0.3 percent in September. RAPI for 0.30-carat diamonds rose 0.4 percent while RAPI for 0.50-carat and 3-carat diamonds were both flat for the month. RAPI fell by more than 2 percent in the third quarter in all sizes.
Certified polished diamond prices stabilized in August while dealers remained cautious amid low-volume trading. Cutting center liquidity is being squeezed by the devaluation of the Indian rupee, high rough prices and cautious bank lending. Diamond manufacturers are holding on to relatively large inventories ahead of the fourth quarter selling season, while retail jewelers are expected to delay their buying.
The RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI™) for 1-carat certified polished diamonds fell 0.1 percent in August. RAPI for 0.30-carat diamonds rose 1.2 percent during the month, while RAPI for 0.50-carat diamonds increased 0.8 percent. RAPI for 3-carat diamonds fell 0.6 percent.
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