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Support Services: Brokers

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Since the early South African diamond rush of the 1870s, the role of De Beers, the market leader in rough diamond mining and sales, has changed dramatically. Going back to its early days, and continuing to the present, De Beers has utilized various brokerage firms to facilitate sales to diamond manufacturers, and to provide various other services. As the role of De Beers has changed, so has the role of the brokers, who serve both the miner and its customers. Let’s take a look at the role of brokers, and how their services have evolved over the last 140 years.

Polished diamond prices declined by another 0.6% in June 2017 compared to the prior year, according to the Mercury Diamond Global Tracker™ (MDGT™), an index of polished diamond transaction prices. This is the 31st consecutive month that the index is declining year-over-year.

"In our latest Wealth Report Knight Frank shed some light on the ins and outs of investing in luxury assets. Continuing the theme, guest writer Ehud Laniado, seller of two of the four most expensive diamonds sold in the history of Sotheby’s, explains why diamonds are a viable long-term investment"...

Support Services: Banks

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Banking and credit are the fuel that keeps the diamond industry moving. Like so many other businesses today, without access to credit and liquidity, the diamond industry would grind to a halt. However, in recent years, credit has become more challenging than ever before, as banks have become more stringent in their lending requirements to diamond businesses, and as they have increased the level of transparency and accountability needed to access funding. Credit needs extend across the entire spectrum of the industry, from mining to retail, and affect everyone in between, especially manufacturers and traders. Let’s take a closer look at this vital support system, and how we got to where we are today.

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