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Rapaport TradeWire May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021 11:03 AM   By Rapaport
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May 6, 2021
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Diamond market activity slower due to spike in Covid-19 cases in India. Many small-scale Surat factories shut because of health concerns and lack of workers. Drop in polished production supporting prices. 1 ct. RAPI +2.5% in April. Cutters focused on larger, better-quality goods. Dealers struggling to replace inventory. Solid rough buying at De Beers sight as sightholders expect shortages; fewer goods on offer due to mining issues. US and China driving demand. Jewelers optimistic for Mother’s Day (May 9). Tiffany & Co. launches engagement rings for men. Pandora swaps natural for lab-grown diamonds, claiming move aligns with sustainability goals.

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RAPNET DIAMOND INDEX (RAPI)
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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct 0.07% 0.01% 6.49%
0.50 ct 0.19% -0.18% 15.81%
1.00 ct 0.14% 2.38% 17.84%
3.00 ct -0.22% 2.44% 10.44%
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Market Reports
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United States: Smaller businesses seeing specific demand and struggling to find the right goods...
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Belgium: Europe slow as coronavirus cases remain relatively high...
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Israel: Fancies below 1 ct. seeing uptrend...
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India: Larger manufacturers maintaining high polished production while smaller businesses continue to shut down...
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Hong Kong: Local retail improving as Covid-19 situation eases...
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UPS AND DOWNS
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America Is Getting Ready for Its Post-Pandemic Glow-Up
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Cartier Scores Love-Bracelet Win in Taiwan IP Case
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Harris Jewelry Has Closed All Its Stores
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SA Rules ‘Strangling the Junior Diamond Mining Industry’
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WEEKLY NEWS
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Diamond Prices Firm as India Supply Drops
Robust recovery in US and China drive optimism.
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De Beers Sight Sees Strong Demand, Low Supply
Rough buying withstands India crisis as manufacturers anticipate shortages.
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Fancy-Color Price Index Rebounds
US demand supported market in first quarter, says FCRF.
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Pandora Taps Lab-Grown, Drops Mined Diamonds
Jeweler launching synthetics line in UK this month and globally in 2022.
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Tiffany Debuts Men’s Engagement-Ring Line
Retailer’s first collection will feature diamonds up to 5 carats.
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Pandora Raises 2021 Outlook, Focuses on China
Online sales and US stimulus package drive first-quarter growth.
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Hong Kong Retail Sales Continue Resurgence
Revenue from jewelry and other hard luxury up 81% in March.
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Retail Sales Rebound at Berkshire Hathaway
Owner of Borsheims, Helzberg and Ben Bridge sees positive first quarter.
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Hong Kong Jeweler TSL Warns of Loss
Company expects figure for full fiscal year to be approximately HKD 40 million ($5.2 million).
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India’s Titan Sees Sales Recover
Revenue rises 59% year on year in quarter ending March 31.
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Losses Narrow for Online Gold Jeweler Mene
Average order value for 2020 rose 63%.
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Letšeng Mine Produces 254ct. Rough
Gem Diamonds’ discovery of “high-quality” stone follows lull in output of noteworthy goods.
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Greenland Ruby Unveils $18M Loan
Credit facility will help accelerate growth plans.
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5ct. Sapphire to Lead Bonhams NY Sale
Ring is expected to fetch up to $480,000 at May 19 auction.
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Phillips Expands Global Jewelry Team
Sara Payne Thomeier and Cristel Tan take senior roles in Americas and southeast Asia, respectively.
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Storied Marquise-Cut Diamond Up for Auction
Stone from family of original “Gibson Girl” to go under hammer at Skinner sale on May 18.
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GemGenève Announces 2021 Show Dates
Event will take place from November 4 to 7, featuring lectures, roundtables, seminar and exhibitions.
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FINANCE
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US retail stocks rose as some states announced plans to lift Covid-19 restrictions. Walmart (+2%), Macy’s (+2%) and Signet (+1%) gained. Meanwhile, Hong Kong retail shares slipped as sales remained well below pre-pandemic levels. Chow Sang Sang (-5%), Chow Tai Fook (-4%) and Luk Fook (-2%) all fell. Mining had a good week, with Gem Diamonds (+5%), Alrosa (+5%), Mountain Province (+4%), Lucara (+4%) and Rio Tinto (+3%) up. Petra (-6%) and Lucapa (-5%) were the exceptions.

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