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November 2018 Market Report: Less Demand Than Hoped For

November 2018 Market Report: Less Demand Than Hoped For

From the perspective of the diamond wholesale market, the November-December holiday season is off to a slow start. Traders disappointedly reported a relatively sluggish demand from retailers. Demand, where it did exist, was focused on very specific items, largely focused on top makes. As a result, stock-building aversive traders felt forced to reduce prices on goods in lower demand.

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What Happens in Antwerp Doesn’t Stay in Antwerp

What Happens in Antwerp Doesn’t Stay in Antwerp

If you want to understand the problems of the diamond industry, look no further than the rough diamond trade in Belgium’s diamond center in Antwerp. It is a microcosm that paints a painfully accurate picture.

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Mercury Polished Diamond Price Index: Prices Fairly Steady

Mercury Polished Diamond Price Index: Prices Fairly Steady

After polished diamond prices declined sharply in September, they took an additional step downwards, though it was not particularly significant. The Mercury Diamond Global Tracker™ (MDGT™) averaged 111.55 in October 2018, down 0.17% from September. While demand for loose diamonds remains slow, we believe traders hardened their stance on price as much as possible in anticipation of rising demand.

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Holiday Sales May Validate Diamond Concerns

Holiday Sales May Validate Diamond Concerns

According to a National Retail Federation (NRF) forecast, 22% of Americans intend to buy jewelry during the winter holidays. That is a nice figure, but it represents a decline from the 23% that were forecasted to buy jewelry during the winter holiday period of 2017. Not a large decline, even within the statistical error, yet worth noting.

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October 2018 Market Report

October 2018 Market Report

A slowdown in trade in most diamond centers is having an impact on prices of many items. The market is suffering from an oversupply of small goods that is having an effect on financing, rough diamond purchases and, of course, prices as the market is heading to Diwali.

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