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Rapaport TradeWire May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019 12:57 AM   By Rapaport
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May 9, 2019
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Dealers preparing for Las Vegas shows hoping steady US retail market will stimulate diamond trading. Rising expectations for GemGenève fair amid positive luxury demand. Good opportunities for high-end buyers after 3 to 5 ct. prices dropped significantly (3 ct. RAPI -6.1% since Jan. 1). Rough trading cautious with high auction prices and tight manufacturing profits. Sightholders anticipate stable prices and volumes at next week’s De Beers sight. India March polished exports -8% to $1.9B, rough imports -16% to $1.4B. Hong Kong 1Q polished imports -3% to $5B, polished exports +9% to $3.9B. Signet debuts synthetic diamonds on James Allen website.

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RAPNET DIAMOND INDEX (RAPI)
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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct -0.27% -1.33% -12.95%
0.50 ct -0.56% -1.37% -4.42%
1.00 ct -0.21% -0.72% -2.88%
3.00 ct 0.08% -1.33% -9.22%
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Market Reports
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United States: Retailers pushing fashion jewelry amid strong expectations for Mother’s Day season...
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Belgium: Large volumes of old stock available and selling at deeper discounts...
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Israel: Suppliers keeping stock low to reduce risk amid declining prices, weak economic sentiment and threat of synthetics...
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India: Stable gold jewelry market for May 7 Akshaya Tritiya festival...
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Hong Kong: China 1Q retail sales beat expectations...
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Gender diversity in senior positions is an important step to eradicating discrimination.

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The LFG in Paris has taken a stand against man-made diamonds. Its director, Aurélien Delaunay, explains why.

UPS AND DOWNS
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Bulgari Looks to Expand China Business
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The Best Jewels on the Met Gala Red Carpet
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India Diamond Workers’ Union Protests Summer Break
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DC Retailer’s Closure Reflects Changing Tastes
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WEEKLY NEWS
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Diamond Prices Soften Despite US Stability
1-carat RAPI down 0.5% in April amid continued oversupply.
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Do the 4Cs Still Make the Cut?
The author of a diamond guide proposes a fifth C and two Ts.
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Pink Diamond Finds No Buyers at Bonhams
12.62-carat stone carried estimate of $1.5 million to $2 million.
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Chow Tai Fook Launches US Hub
Hearts on Fire president Caryl Capeci will lead the new business.
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Signet Enters Lab-Grown Market
Retailer launches product on e-commerce site James Allen.
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Hong Kong Luxury Sales Down in 1Q
March saw slower decline than first two months.
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DPA Targets New Indian Parents
Campaign promotes childbirth as auspicious diamond-buying occasion.
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Diamond Miners Push Back on Ethics Claims
Lab-grown production emits three times more CO2 per carat, study finds.
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Ex-Lucara CEO Joins Mountain Province Board
William Lamb is one of three new directors at the Canadian company.
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Gemfields Investigates Slavery at Ruby Deposit
Miner noticed rise in deaths among unauthorized workers.
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Alrosa Offloads $19M of Non-Core Assets
Company plans further sell-offs as it focuses on diamond business.
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$6M ‘Bubble Gum’ Ring to Lead Christie’s HK
Piece features 3.44-carat pink diamond at center.
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India’s Polished Exports Fall in March
Drop in shipment volume outweighs higher average price.
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Pink Diamond Prices Firm in 1Q
Category outperformed blues and yellows, says Fancy Color Research Foundation.
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FINANCE
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Global stocks declined sharply this week, as fears over the US-China trade war mounted. Retail shares were hardest hit, with J.C. Penney (-4.5%), Macy’s (-2.5%), LVMH (-3.2%), Chow Sang Sang (-7%), Chow Tai Fook (-7%) and Luk Fook (-6%) all falling. UK equities fared better, with Firestone Diamonds (+2%), De Beers parent company Anglo American (+1.7%), and Rio Tinto (+1.5%) rising. UK-based miner Petra Diamonds (+11.5%) got a lift after Berenberg Bank upgraded the stock.

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