RAPAPORT... PRESS RELEASE, May 7, 2014, New York: Diamond markets slowed in April, although sentiment remained positive. Demand softened as jewelers reduced their buying after replenishing their inventory during the first quarter. Demand was selective and price sensitive. Far East markets were quiet with cautious gold jewelry demand, while U.S. demand was stable. Diamond trading was sporadic with many dealers taking vacations during the Passover and Easter holidays.
The RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI™) for 1-carat diamonds fell 0.5 percent during the month, while RAPI for 0.30-carat diamonds declined 1.3 percent and RAPI for 0.50-carat diamonds dropped 0.9 percent. RAPI for 3-carat diamonds fell 1 percent.
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The Rapaport Monthly Report – May 2014, “Trading Slows,” signaled good demand for 0.30-carat to 0.50-carat pointer-size, SI-clarity diamonds, with shortages due to continued delays of grading by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Liquidity is tight in the manufacturing centers as the turnover of polished diamonds has been prolonged by delays at the GIA and as the Indian banks have tightened their credit conditions.
Rough trading softened in April after prices increased by an estimated 7 percent to 10 percent during the first quarter of 2014. Following the De Beers April sight, rough trading on the secondary market slowed and premiums were reduced. Demand slowed for better-quality, certifiable rough. Rough trading was steady ahead of the De Beers sight on May 5 to 9.
The market is expected to stabilize in May and June, but trading is anticipated to remain below levels seen in the first quarter. Dealers have shifted their focus toward the U.S. ahead of the Las Vegas shows taking place at the end of May.
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