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Rapaport TradeWire May 27, 2021

May 27, 2021 10:51 AM   By Rapaport
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May 27, 2021
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Upbeat US and China retail sales driving positive sentiment. Trading limited due to supply scarcity and India Covid-19 travel restrictions. Polished shortages stimulating rough buying at firm prices. Strong cash buyers making for good market liquidity, but India experiencing some pandemic-related payment concerns. Richemont FY jewelry sales +3% to $9.1B. Christie’s HK sells $76.8M (82% by lot), including cushion-cut, 15.81 ct., fancy vivid purplish-pink, IF diamond ring going for $29.3M ($1.9M/ct.). Belgium Apr. polished exports +330% to $566M, rough imports +643% to $933M. Sarine partners with Constell Group on technology solutions for lab-grown sector.

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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
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0.50 ct 0.07% 1.00% 14.90%
1.00 ct 0.02% 0.95% 18.76%
3.00 ct 1.12% 2.16% 12.84%
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Market Reports
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United States: Old mine and European cuts selling well as consumers seek unique pieces with stories...
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Belgium: Emphasis on online selling as Covid-19 travel constraints lead to absence of foreign buyers...
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Israel: Large cash purchases injecting liquidity into the market...
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India: Production levels steady despite worker absences due to pandemic...
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Hong Kong: Dealers optimistic as local retail performs better than in previous years and Chinese jewelers report upbeat spring sales...
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UPS AND DOWNS
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Tender Aims to Develop Secondary Market for Argyle Pinks
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Can Macao Become a Luxury Hub for Chinese Tourists?
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Ocean Floor Diamonds Are Officially a Thing
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US Retailers Face Headwinds from Slowing E-Commerce
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WEEKLY NEWS
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Christie’s Sells Pink Diamond for Record $29M
Stone fetches $1.9 million per carat at Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels auction.
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73ct. Yellow to Shine at Sotheby’s New York Sale
The Sienna Star carries estimate of up to $3 million.
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Indian Jeweler Mehul Choksi Arrested in Caribbean
Businessman was allegedly involved in India’s largest banking fraud.
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Bain: Luxury to Rebound Earlier Than Expected
Consultancy firm cites strong recovery in China and renewed consumer confidence in US.
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Jewelry Sales Support Richemont in Tough Year
Revenue for the category up 3% in fiscal year ending March 31.
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Watches of Switzerland Sales Soar
E-commerce and lifting of coronavirus restrictions boost revenue in UK and US.
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Lucapa to Buy Australia’s Merlin Mine
Company sells shares to fund $6.6 million acquisition.
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Belgium Polished Exports Rebound
April shipments more than quadrupled from peak of crisis a year earlier.
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Sarine Partners with Cutting Firm on Lab-Grown
Collaboration aims to improve efficiency in the sector.
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Stuller Appoints Head of Gemological Lab
Guy Borenstein brings 15 years of experience to the job.
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Christie’s Unveils Vintage Selection for Paris Sale
Auction to offer jewelry from 19th and early 20th centuries.
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IGI Debuts Training Courses in Egypt
Gemological lab claims to be first to offer education services in the country.
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India Exports Hit Two-Year High
Polished shipments rebound from last year’s slump.
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12ct. Diamond Crushes Estimate at Skinner Sale
Marquise-cut “Gibson Girl” stone brings in $472,000 at May 18 sale.
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Shairu Becomes India’s ‘First Carbon-Neutral Cutter’
Diamond manufacturer achieves status by offsetting all its emissions.
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Fancy-Blue Diamonds to Lead Phillips Auction
Earrings carry upper estimate of $770,000.
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FINANCE
Diamond Industry Stock Report
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Global retail stocks rose amid positive consumer sentiment. Richemont (+13%), Chow Sang Sang (+11%), Chow Tai Fook (+9%), Pandora (+6%), Luk Fook (6%), Kering (+4%) and LVMH (+4%) climbed. Miners had a mostly difficult week, with Lucapa (-7%), Mountain Province (-4%), Petra (-3%) and Alrosa (-2%) falling. Lucara (+4%) and Rio Tinto (+2%) bucked the trend.

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