Polished diamond prices increased across the board in April, indicating that the polished market is strengthening. The rise follows weak prices in March and marks a return to the trend of rising polished diamond prices that started in December 2017.
When thinking of diamond prices, the diamond industry clearly hopes that prices appreciate. Rising diamond prices can potentially fuel diamond industry activity, provided that they result in greater profitability. A few weeks ago, we looked at the changing prices of third carats. This week we are looking at what one would expect to be a well-performing diamond size, two-carat rounds.
Trading levels in the global diamond market in April were decent, with rising demand for smaller goods, particularly 0.30-0.39 carat rounds, and ongoing shortages in many categories. The mood of most was optimistic, because of the good trading environment in the main consumer markets, although a good number of traders are finding it difficult to adjust to the changes in trading conditions.
If you look closely at the following graph, you may get the impression that the two best-performing size ranges over nearly a decade are thirds (0.30-0.39 carats) and three quarters (0.70-0.89 carats). Lately, the price of round diamonds in these two size ranges have appreciated, telling us a story about the industry.
The polished diamond price increases that characterized the start of the year have largely ended. With few exceptions, prices of diamonds in all categories headed down in March, ending the positive run that began with the consumer rush in the US in late December. It continued throughout January and February, and ended on the back of the gem trade show in Hong Kong that fell below expectations.