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Rapaport TradeWire July 28, 2022

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July 28, 2022
Rapaport Weekly Market Comment - July 28, 2022

News: Trading centers quiet with Belgium shutting for August summer break. Polished prices declining as demand drops and inventory rises. US dealers resilient despite economic caution. Consumer confidence down in July amid inflation concerns and higher interest rates, Conference Board says. Fed raises rates 0.75%. Rough premiums cool after strong 1H. Cutters maintain low polished production. De Beers 1H revenue +24% to $3.6B, earnings +84% to $491M, July sight valued at $630M. Rio Tinto 1H diamond revenue +191% to $465M, earnings up 18-fold to $91M. Tiffany & Co. boosts LVMH 1H jewelry and watch revenue +22% to $5B, profit +26% to $1B. GIA launches source verification service.

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RAPNET DIAMOND INDEX (RAPI™)
Size Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct -0.4% -2.9% -4.5%
0.50 ct -0.7% -3.2% 0.4%
1.00 ct -0.8% -2.8% 10.7%
3.00 ct -0.4% -2.1% 20.1%
Market Reports
<p /><strong>United States: </strong>Contract manufacturers busy filling orders from top brands…</p>
United States: Contract manufacturers busy filling orders from top brands…
<p /><strong>Belgium:</strong> Diamantaires optimistic for holiday season but expect slow third quarter…</p>
Belgium: Diamantaires optimistic for holiday season but expect slow third quarter…
<p /><strong>Israel:</strong> Polished inventory rising but dealers struggling to find right certified goods to fill buyer requirements…</p>
Israel: Polished inventory rising but dealers struggling to find right certified goods to fill buyer requirements…
<p /><strong>India: </strong>Suppliers to local market hoping for strong IIJS show next week (August 4 to 8)…</p>
India: Suppliers to local market hoping for strong IIJS show next week (August 4 to 8)…
<p /><strong>Hong Kong: </strong>Spending sluggish in mainland China amid economic slowdown…</p>
Hong Kong: Spending sluggish in mainland China amid economic slowdown…
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Top Stories of the Week
<p />Institute began accepting polished stones from vetted manufacturers in early July.</p>
GIA Launches Diamond Origin Service
Institute began accepting polished stones from vetted manufacturers in early July.

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<p />Revenue and profit rose sharply in first half.</p>
De Beers Cautious Following Sales Jump
Revenue and profit rose sharply in first half.

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<p />Diamond is believed to be largest of its color in 300 years, miner says.</p>
Lucapa Unearths 170ct. Pink from Lulo
Diamond is believed to be largest of its color in 300 years, miner says.

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<p />M&L Financial claims auction house turned over 45 yellow diamonds to an entity that was not the owner.</p>
Sotheby’s May Be Liable for $4M in Missing Diamonds
M&L Financial claims auction house turned over 45 yellow diamonds to an entity that was not the owner.

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<p />Miner brings in $630 million at July cycle.</p>
De Beers Sales Momentum Continues
Miner brings in $630 million at July cycle.

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<p />Boucheron and Pomellato brands were “very solid,” but China health situation affected Qeelin.</p>
Jewelry Performs Well for Kering in First Half
Boucheron and Pomellato brands were “very solid,” but China health situation affected Qeelin.

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<p />Category up 22% in first six months.</p>
Tiffany Drives Strong Jewelry Sales at LVMH
Category up 22% in first six months.

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<p />Some 161 businesses shut in the second quarter, compared to 143 a year earlier, Jewelers Board of Trade reports.</p>
US Jewelry Industry Shrinks as Closure Rate Grows
Some 161 businesses shut in the second quarter, compared to 143 a year earlier, Jewelers Board of Trade reports.

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<p />Manhattan office will employ approximately 150 workers.</p>
Pandora Aims to Advance US Growth with NY Hub
Manhattan office will employ approximately 150 workers.

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<p />Mining minister pushes sightholders to polish more goods inside the country.</p>
Finestar Inaugurates Namibia Factory
Mining minister pushes sightholders to polish more goods inside the country.

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<p />Johanna Levy will spearhead institute’s ESG programs to advance consumer-protection mission.</p>
GIA Brings On First Sustainability Head
Johanna Levy will spearhead institute’s ESG programs to advance consumer-protection mission.

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<p />Ivette Nersesyan-Stephanopoulos will be in charge of the trust-mark program and trade services.</p>
De Beers Hires Exec to Promote Code of Origin
Ivette Nersesyan-Stephanopoulos will be in charge of the trust-mark program and trade services.

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