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February 2018 Market Report

February 2018 Market Report

The diamond market was pulled in two opposing directions in February. On the one hand, demand was better, mainly in the US and India, and prices headed up for most goods. On the other hand, a banking scandal is currently rocking India, injecting a great deal of uncertainty into the diamond trading centers.

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Reconsidering Trade Shows

Reconsidering Trade Shows

It is the end of February, which means that diamond traders, diamond wholesalers, diamond manufacturers, jewelry makers, as well as diamond and jewelry buyers from around the globe are getting ready for a series of trade fairs taking place all over the world. There are no less of 14 such occasions in March alone, from Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show starting on March 1 to the IWJG Show held in Las Vegas that concludes March 27.

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Demand is Shrinking for a Reason

Demand is Shrinking for a Reason

Polished diamond imports into the US have declined once again. In 2017, the US imported $21.7 billion worth of loose polished diamonds, a 3% decline compared to imports in 2016. The sad part is that this marks the third consecutive year of declines in the import of polished diamonds. In 2014, imports stood at $24 billion. In 2015, they fell 4.6% to $22.9 billion, and in 2016, they declined yet again, this time by 2.5% to $22.3 billion. Cumulatively, imports declined by 10% during the four-year period.

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Mercury Polished Diamond Prices: Prices Rebound in January

Mercury Polished Diamond Prices: Prices Rebound in January

Polished diamond prices have finally turned upwards, after an extended period of declining prices. In January, prices rose across the board with few exceptions, according to the Mercury Diamond Global Tracker™ (MDGT™), an index of polished diamond transaction prices. The steady prices, following an extended period of price declines, are a welcome sign of stability for the global diamond industry.

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Not All Diamonds Are the Same

Not All Diamonds Are the Same

In a recent article we discussed price correlation – and the lack thereof – between various investment channels and diamonds. In it, we looked at diamonds in general – from very small to very large, in a full range of colors and clarities. To date, there is no way to invest in a wide group of diamonds in the same way as investing in biotech firms or a NASDAQ tracking fund. An investor is more likely to invest in a very narrow collection of diamonds or just a single diamond and, therefore, it is worth looking at the differences in performance of specific diamond categories.

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