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Rapaport TradeWire February 25, 2021

Feb 25, 2021 10:35 AM   By Rapaport
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February 25, 2021
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Positive outlook for 2021 amid steady jewelry sales in US and China. Polished inventory rising. More goods going to GIA for grading. Rough market buoyant as De Beers and Alrosa raise prices again by 3% to 5%. Manufacturing profit margins may come under pressure as slower summer season approaches. De Beers 2020 revenue -27% to $3.4B, loss of $102M vs. 2019 profit of $45M. Rio Tinto 2020 diamond sales -26% to $459M, profit of $9M vs. $21M loss. US 2020 polished imports -39% to $11.8B. GIA uncovers several lab-grown and treated stones carrying natural-diamond reports and fake inscriptions. Boaz Moldawsky elected president of the Israel Diamond Exchange.

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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct -0.02% -0.09% -1.17%
0.50 ct 0.14% -0.48% 10.00%
1.00 ct 0.00% 0.79% 6.89%
3.00 ct -0.06% -1.50% 6.25%
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Market Reports
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United States: High end doing well, with more consumers relating to diamonds as a store of value...
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Belgium: Dealers and manufacturers concerned about tightening profit margins...
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Israel: Activity in the bourse improving after lifting of month-long lockdown...
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India: Confident outlook for rest of 2021 amid drop in Covid-19 cases and reduced restrictions...
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Hong Kong: Chinese stores continue making orders during quiet season after lunar new year...
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The diamond and jewelry trade began 2021 in a relatively healthy position, considering the challenges of the previous year. In the quarterly Diamond Trends Webinar, Rapaport Senior Analyst Avi Krawitz assesses the state of the market.

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January’s Top-Selling Jewelry Brands and Categories
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Star Diamond, Rio Tinto Fight About Diamond Breakage
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WEEKLY NEWS
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De Beers to Seek Sightholders’ Polished Data
Tracking program will be part of new supply contract.
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Diamonds with Fake Inscriptions Turn Up at GIA
Lab-grown and treated stones carried grading reports that did not match their characteristics.
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De Beers Raises Prices for Third Sight in a Row
Increases of around 4% to 5% come amid buoyant rough trading.
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Jewelry Sales Buoy Macy’s in Difficult Quarter
Category helped minimize group’s revenue decline during three months ending January 30.
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New Miami Jewelry Mall Receives $24M Boost
Loan will cover completion of Time Century building’s first phase.
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Michael Hill Store Lockdown Leads to Sales Slip
Retailer sees revenue fall 2.9% in first fiscal half.
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De Beers Posts First Loss Since 2009
Revenue and profitability slump amid weak rough demand and prices.
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Alrosa Lifts Rough Prices at February Sale
Miner implements hikes of 3% to 4% on average, with sharper rises in some categories.
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Lucara Revenue Slides in Challenging 2020 Market
Sales down 35% as miner holds back larger goods due to weak prices.
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Mothae Yields Its Largest High-Quality Rough
Lucapa recovers 215-carat, D-color stone from mine in Lesotho.
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Rio Tinto Diamond Revenue Slides
Sales down 26% in 2020 as demand falls in retail and manufacturing segments.
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Black in Jewelry Coalition Receives JCK Grant
Organization will use funds to help Black professionals progress in the industry.
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Israel Bourse Picks Boaz Moldawsky as President
He succeeds Yoram Dvash, who will focus on leading the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.
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Swiss Watch Trade Sees 12th Month of Decline
Drop of 11% in January reflects weak exports to US and Hong Kong.
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US Polished Imports Down Almost 40% in 2020
Decline eases in final months of year.
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CIBJO Launches Pearl Guide Aimed at Consumers
Document explains how to describe and classify natural and cultured specimens.
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FINANCE
Diamond Industry Stock Report
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Retail shares had a volatile week, with Signet (+15%) and Macy’s (+4%) gaining, while Birks (-24%) and Walmart (-10%) declined. Luk Fook (+13%) led buoyant Hong Kong stocks. Among diamond miners, Lucara (-12%) saw the weakest performance after reporting a net loss and a sharp drop in sales, while Anglo American (+6%) rose as investors reacted to its announcement of a higher dividend than a year earlier.

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