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Rapaport TradeWire May 2, 2019

May 2, 2019 12:21 PM   By Rapaport
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May 2, 2019
RAPAPORT MARKET COMMENT
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Polished market quiet, with dealers doing better than manufacturers. Steady US demand for 1.00 to 1.50 ct. goods supporting the trade, but prices continue to soften. 1 ct. RAPI -0.5% in April. Suppliers preparing for Vegas shows, hoping new JCK venue will help boost sentiment and sales. Far East buyers selective. High expectations for Mother’s Day as NRF predicts jewelry sales will be strongest growth category at +13% to $5.2B. Rough is tough, with prices too high. De Beers 1Q sales volume -15% to 7.5M cts., production -8% to 7.8M cts. Belgium 1Q polished exports -4% to $3.1B, rough imports -33% to $2.1B. DDI launches Maendeleo Diamond Standards for artisanal miners.

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RAPNET DIAMOND INDEX (RAPI)
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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct -0.43% -1.79% -12.84%
0.50 ct -0.31% -1.24% -4.12%
1.00 ct -0.22% -0.62% -3.03%
3.00 ct -0.11% -1.88% -9.28%
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Market Reports
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United States: Jewelers hope Mother’s Day promotions will maintain positive sales momentum from 1Q...
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Belgium: High-end large diamonds weak, although European luxury jewelers doing well...
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Israel: Dealers focused on Las Vegas shows, though some attending as buyers rather than exhibitors...
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India: Manufacturers cutting production instead of diamonds...
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Hong Kong: Continued shift to lower colors and SI clarities as jewelers cater to tight consumer budgets...
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UPS AND DOWNS
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South Africa Party Wants to Reopen Mines to Create Jobs
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Lucara Using Advanced Technology to Fuel Growth
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Soft China Demand Weighs on Alrosa 2019 Sales
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Indian Supreme Court Nixes Petition to Reclaim Koh-i-Noor
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WEEKLY NEWS
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Survey Highlights Gender Bias in Jewelry Trade
Some 38% of employees say pay disparity has affected them.
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GIA Steps Up Compliance Rules
Know Your Customer program requires clients to produce enhanced level of identification.
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LVMH Still Has Time for Baselworld
Bulgari owner confirms participation for 2020 and beyond.
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Christie’s to Sell Historic Golconda Diamond
Stone was gift to Queen Charlotte of Great Britain from the Nawab of Arcot.
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DDI Unveils Standards for Artisanal Miners
Maendeleo Diamond Standards provide assurance of diamonds’ ethical origins.
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Jewelry Spending to Boost Mother’s Day Sales
Americans will shell out $5.2 billion on the category this year, NRF says.
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US Retail Market Rebounds in March
Revenues up 3.6% for the month.
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Indian Wedding Demand Boosts Gold Sector
First quarter sees drop in prices for yellow metal.
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Online Retail Startup Raises $23M
Mejuri targets millennial women buying jewelry for themselves.
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Karowe Mine Yields 1,758ct. Diamond
Stone is largest ever recovered in Botswana.
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De Beers Sales and Production Drop
Miner notes soft demand for low-value rough in first quarter.
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Rainy Season Dampens Firestone Output
Ore grade declined during first three months of 2019.
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17ct. Sapphire Smashes Estimate at Bonhams
Piece fetches $944,713 at London sale.
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De Beers Expands GemFair Project
Program aims to create transparent route to market for artisanal miners.
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US Polished Imports Drop in Early 2019
Average price slips in January and February.
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JA Unveils CASE Award Winners
Honorees receive a customized trophy and media coverage.
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FINANCE
Diamond Industry Stock Report
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Global retail equities fell in the two weeks since the last TradeWire, with Macy’s (-6%), Chow Sang Sang (-4%), Chow Tai Fook (-4%), Luk Fook (-5%) and Pandora (-4.7%) all losing ground. Mining companies were mixed. Stornoway Diamond (-19%) dropped following disappointing first-quarter results, and De Beers owner Anglo American (-10%) suffered after JP Morgan downgraded the stock. Petra Diamonds (+25%) got a boost after recovering a 210-carat stone and receiving an upgrade from Berenberg Bank. Shares in Gem Diamonds (+6%) also rose.

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