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Industry in Peril

Industry in Peril

Last week I presented here a theory that examined the cost of rough by reverse engineering the achieved price of polished. I concluded that cost of rough in the current market may be excessively high and that therefore room exists to reduce prices. This week, let us examine this same issue from another angle and see if the theory holds.

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Some Fundamental Issues and How We Can Solve Them

Some Fundamental Issues and How We Can Solve Them

The global diamond pipeline is still permeated by fundamental issues, issues which result in a constant situation of uncertainty. Today it is easy to indicate problems because of the current state of the market. A close look at the industry reveals that these issues have been around for a long time, and caused instability frequently. Now that the situation is so dire, we have a golden opportunity to create a profound and fundamental change that will bring the industry onto much firmer ground.

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A call for change, a call for hope

A call for change, a call for hope

The diamond market is returning to business at full steam following the summer vacation. Now, in addition to issues that plagued it prior to the break, the industry must face those that have been troubling the global economy.

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Key Changes Offer Bright Future for Diamond Industry

Key Changes Offer Bright Future for Diamond Industry

I often think about the way a consumer makes decisions, whether he lives in New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, or anywhere else. Obviously it is he who sets the price of diamonds, both polished and (indirectly) rough. He is the one who decides if a diamond ought to be offered at a certain price, or if he even wants a diamond at all. Every supply chain is supposed to work according to this assumption. When the consumer decides that he wants, and is able, to pay the nominal price for a given diamond, he simultaneously sets the price of that diamond. This in turn determines the price of the rough diamond (from which the polished diamond was produced). The difference in these two prices is the total gross profit of of the supply chain: the miners, the polishers, the setters, and the merchants.

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Is the Midstream Working for a Wage? A call for a More Profitable Midstream for a Stronger Industry

Is the Midstream Working for a Wage? A call for a More Profitable Midstream for a Stronger Industry

The more we examine the facts, the clearer it becomes that the main problem faced by the diamond industry is that the midstream – the manufacturing sector – does not get its fair share of the pie.

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