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Rapaport TradeWire April 22, 2021

Apr 22, 2021 10:40 AM   By Rapaport
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April 22, 2021
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TRADE ALERT: India is undergoing a severe Covid-19 crisis that will impact the global diamond trade. India manufactures about 92% of the world’s diamonds. While the Indian government is doing everything possible to support continued diamond manufacturing and exports, shortages and price volatility are expected to intensify over the next few months. This is a good time to support Indian suppliers. The disruption to the supply chain will be significant once current goods being processed by the GIA are put on the market. We anticipate a 30% to 40% reduction in Indian production during the months prior to the holiday season. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Indian diamond community. May they stay safe and recover swiftly.

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RAPNET DIAMOND INDEX (RAPI)
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0.30 ct -0.04% -1.70% 5.03%
0.50 ct -0.06% -1.41% 15.73%
1.00 ct 0.10% 0.64% 16.10%
3.00 ct 0.56% 1.15% 7.43%
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Market Reports
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United States: Jewelers optimistic for Mother’s Day sales as retail opens up after vaccination drive...
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Belgium: Europe remains slow due to pandemic...
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Israel: Dealers looking for goods and relying on online platforms for sourcing needs even as travel resumes...
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India: Mumbai enters stricter lockdown...
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Hong Kong: Retail sentiment improving as drop in coronavirus cases raises hopes of China border reopening...
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UPS AND DOWNS
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How Signet Plans to Grow Its Market Share
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6 Out of 10 Jewelers Plan to Attend a Trade Show in 2021
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US Bars Exhibitors from Tucson Show Due to Wrong Visa
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South Africa Alluvial Miners Criticize Govt. Policy
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WEEKLY NEWS
industry
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GIA India Turnaround Time Increases
Covid-19 spike affecting operations at Mumbai and Surat labs.
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Christie’s to Offer 101ct. ‘Spectacle’ Diamond
Stone expected to fetch up to $18 million at Geneva Magnificent Jewels auction.
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GIA Wins Court Battle Against Lab with Similar Name
AIG Belgium told to stop using acronym or face penalty of up to EUR 500,000.
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US Jewelry Store Closure Rate Slows
Number of operational businesses slipped 1.5% in first quarter, down from 4.2% a year earlier.
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GIA Recalls Diamonds over Treatment Query
Organization will reassess certain stones with “green or greenish” in color description.
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Kering Sees ‘Excellent’ Jewelry Sales
Boucheron and Pomellato report solid performance in Japan and Asia-Pacific.
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Stimulus Spurs March US Retail Sales
Figure up 28% year on year, NRF says.
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China Recovery Boosts Chow Tai Fook
Retail sales grew 153% year on year in fourth quarter.
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Luk Fook Sales Jump as Economy Reopens
Stronger consumer sentiment and drop in gold price boost performance in mainland China.
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De Beers’ Rough Production Falls
Operational issues in Botswana and coronavirus-related closure in Canada dampen first-quarter output.
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Alrosa Sales Rise as Market Strengthens
Miner offloads inventories amid positive demand and lower production.
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Higher Grades Drive Rio Tinto Production
Greater ore availability and improvements to processing plant contribute to first-quarter rise.
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Rough-Price Recovery Bolsters Petra’s Sales
Revenue up 16% to $106 million in third quarter.
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Mine Shutdown Impairs Mountain Province Output
Site closed for 22 days after several employees tested positive for coronavirus.
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Gem Diamonds Revenue Drops
Sales slip 7% in first quarter as lower volumes outweigh higher average price.
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Lucapa Reports Strong First Quarter
Average price per carat rises sharply at Mothae mine in Lesotho.
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Bold Bracelets Lead Sotheby’s Hong Kong
Cartier diamond and rock-crystal piece fetches $6 million, while jadeite bangle brings in $3.9 million.
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GIA Announces Winners of Beyoncé Scholarship
Singer joins jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz in funding graduate gemologist diploma for three recipients.
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Sotheby’s New York Sale Fetches $21M
41.50-carat, D-flawless diamond ring is top-grossing item, with final price of $4.9 million.
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FINANCE
Diamond Industry Stock Report
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Hong Kong retail stocks fell amid concerns about a global resurgence of Covid-19 cases. Chow Sang Sang (-8%), Chow Tai Fook (-4%) and Luk Fook (-1.4%) all slipped. LVMH (+4%) and Kering (+2%) rose after reporting positive results. Miners had a mixed week. Alrosa (+9%), Lucapa (+7%), Rio Tinto (+4%) and Petra (+4%) benefited from a recovery in rough prices, while Gem Diamonds (-7%), Mountain Province (-4%) and Anglo American (-2%) lost ground.

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