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The Evolving Third-Carat Price

The Evolving Third-Carat Price

In March this year, we looked at the one item that posted the greatest price appreciation in the first quarter of the year, thirds (0.30-0.39-carats). With the price fluctuations of polished diamonds in recent months, it is worth examining what happened to this item in the second quarter of the year.

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Mercury Polished Diamond Prices: Mixed Price Activity in June

Mercury Polished Diamond Prices: Mixed Price Activity in June

Prices of polished diamonds were mixed in June, reflecting a combination of clashing trends. On the one hand, there was good demand for many diamond categories since the JCK Las Vegas trade show, shortages, and rising rough diamond prices. On the other hand, quite a few diamond categories were in lower demand, and traders in the diamond trading centers are already in “summer mode”, seeking to decrease inventories and close as many transactions as possible before the summer vacations. 

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June 2018 market report

June 2018 market report

The market in June was characterized by more changes in demand than usual. There was an increase in the number of categories in rising demand, while the American market saw a sharp drop in demand for smaller goods. The reasons to this market activity include the results of the Las Vegas trade show, the small trade show in Hong Kong, seasonal changes, and even preparations for the upcoming summer vacations in the diamond centers.

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One Carat Rounds – Largely Stable, With Some Exceptions

One Carat Rounds – Largely Stable, With Some Exceptions

Since April 2009, the average wholesale price of 1-carat round diamonds rose by 12.3%. Not a whole lot, however this figure is somewhat misleading. Along the way, prices were as much as 82% higher than in April 2009, falling to just 6% above the April 2009 levels.

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Las Vegas Show Signals Positive Market Atmosphere

Las Vegas Show Signals Positive Market Atmosphere

The Las Vegas trade shows – JCK, Couture, Luxury, and AGTA – were active and positive this year, a clear departure from past annual June trade shows held in Las Vegas. The annual pilgrimage to the city was engulfed with a positive expectation by diamond traders, American retailers, and jewelry wholesalers. While not an exaggerated optimism, or ungrounded feeling that everything is going to be all right, it was an understanding that demand is there, prices are right, and people want as well as need to do business.

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