Diamond prices stable through Vegas Show season

Last Updated: Thu, Jun 07, 2018 15:34 hrs

[United States]/Mumbai [India], June 7 (Businesswire India): Diamond prices were stable in May as businesses focused on the Las Vegas shows that began on May 30. The JCK fair was relatively slow, with fewer retail buyers attending. Steady dealer demand supported polished price levels.

The RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI™) for 1-carat diamonds slid 0.2% in May. RAPI for 0.30-carat goods dropped by the same margin, while 0.50-carat stones rose 0.2%. RAPI for 3-carat diamonds increased 0.7% during the month.

RAPI for 1-carat increased 2.5% in the first five months of the year but was down 1.2% from a year earlier.

RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI™)

May Jan. - May Y2Y

Jun. 1, 2017 - Jun. 1, 2018

RAPI 0.30 ct. -0.2% 6.5% 1.1%

RAPI 0.50 ct. 0.2% 5.8% -6.4%

RAPI 1 ct. -0.2% 2.5% -1.2%

RAPI 3 ct. 0.7% 0.5% 0.7%

The Las Vegas shows highlighted significant challenges facing the diamond industry amid De Beers' mainstream embrace of synthetics, and the use of blockchain technology to verify sourcing.

Smaller businesses are under pressure as they face competition from major diamond companies developing exclusive rough-to-retail channels. De Beers' entry into synthetics will undercut the existing lab-grown sector, but also compete with low-cost natural-diamond fashion jewelry.

Sales are up in 2018, but midstream profit margins are being squeezed by higher rough prices and reduced retail-inventory buying. Strong demand during the first quarter has led to a slowdown during May and June, as retailers have sufficient stock for now. Jewelers are looking to fill immediate orders and require less inventory due to increased interest in customized pieces and greater reliance on memo goods.

Dealer inventory levels have consequently gone up, and the number of unique diamonds listed on RapNet has risen 10% since the beginning of the year to 1.3 million stones valued at $7.7 billion on June 1. Retailers are expected to start placing orders again in the third quarter as they prepare for the holiday season, and suppliers must offer a strong follow-up to the Las Vegas shows to take advantage of the prevailing positive sentiment.

The diamond market was seasonally quiet in April as dealers took vacation over the Passover and Easter holidays. Polished prices were steady, with manufacturers protecting their profit margins against recent rough-price ...

The RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI™) for 1-carat diamonds slid 0.1% in March. RAPI for 0.30-carat stones rose 0.4%, while RAPI for 0.50-carat grew 1.1%. RAPI for 3-carat diamonds declined 0.4% during the month. RAPI for ...

The RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI™) for 1-carat diamonds increased 0.7% in February. RAPI for 0.30-carat diamonds rose 4.5%, while RAPI for 0.50-carat advanced 1.8%. RAPI for 3-carat diamonds slid 0.1% during the month. (Businesswire India)

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