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Rapaport TradeWire August 5, 2021

Aug 5, 2021 10:52 AM   By Rapaport
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August 5, 2021
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Diamond trading quiet amid summer lull and uncertainty over Covid-19 Delta variant. Dealers preparing for Vegas show, but travel restrictions will limit international presence. US supporting the market, with steady orders and good memo sell-through. Polished prices firm despite increase in inventory; 1 ct. RAPI +3.1% in July. Rising expectations for holiday season. Rough market stable after recent price hikes. Rio Tinto 1H diamond revenue +13% to $160M, profit of $5M. Sarine 1H sales +61% to $36M. Jewelers of America appoints Robert Moeller as chairman. Sam Sandberg named president of Plumb Club. Diamond Dealers Club of South Africa elects Molefi Letsiki as chairman.

RAPNET DIAMOND INDEX (RAPI)
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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct
-0.02%
0.07%
6.37%
0.50 ct
-0.04%
1.27%
12.25%
1.00 ct
0.12%
3.01%
21.71%
3.00 ct
0.30%
0.64%
17.59%
RAPI Yearly Graph
Market Reports
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United States: Estate jewelry market strong, with dealers seeking old mine and European cuts...
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Belgium: Rough demand robust despite high prices at Antwerp tenders...
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Israel: Many planning to attend JCK Las Vegas show despite mandated quarantine on return...
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India: Manufacturers raising polished production but high rough prices impacting margins....
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Hong Kong: Chinese market relatively slow; emphasis on e-commerce as spread of Delta variant on the mainland raises concerns...
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Social Responsibility
WITH MARTIN RAPAPORT

Society is questioning the role and purpose of business. Is it to make profits for shareholders or to benefit stakeholders and society? There must be a direct positive correlation between profitability and social responsibility, says Martin Rapaport in the first of a series of articles on the topic from August’s Rapaport Magazine.

The A to Z of Sustainability
WITH AVI KRAWITZ

The diamond and jewelry trade is gradually embracing initiatives to help communities, clean the planet, and ensure its product is ethically sourced. This is necessary considering the global movement toward social responsibility. The industry has the tools to play its part, Rapaport Senior Analyst Avi Krawitz argues in this week’s “Field Notes” column.

De Beers Reveals Plans for Retail, Botswana
WITH JOSHUA FREEDMAN

While the mining giant’s revenue and profit bounced back in the first half of 2021, questions remain about some important strategic issues. In a wide-ranging interview, CFO Sarah Kuijlaars gives her perspective on the company’s plans for its consumer brands, its recent purchases of high-value rough, and negotiations with the Botswana government over a new sales deal.

UPS AND DOWNS
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WEEKLY NEWS
industry
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Retail Recovery Driving Up Diamond Prices
Sentiment upbeat in July despite seasonal slowdown and high cost of rough.
Signet Signs Key Deals on Lending and Credit
Jeweler extends $1.5 billion bank facility to July 2026.
Fancy Color Price Index Up Across the Board
Figure climbed 0.2% in second quarter, FCRF says.
Scientists Launch Program to Track Diamond Origin
Source Certain will provide traceability technology for SCS Global Services’ sustainability standard.
retail
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Signet to Rename Its Piercing Pagoda Brand
Chain will be known as Banter, as jeweler aims to connect with new consumers.
Hong Kong Retail Slow to Recover
Lack of tourism kept sales below pre-pandemic levels in June.
Chow Sang Sang Expects Profit Surge
Figure increased by estimated 145% to 155% in first half.
mining
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Rio Tinto Diamond Profit Back on Track
Miner reports first-half earnings of $5 million, compared with heavy losses a year earlier.
Lucara Recovers 394ct. Rough from Karowe
Diamond is seventh over 300 carats the mine has produced this year.
Mountain Province Bounces Back as Demand Jumps
Sales and profit strengthen in second quarter.
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Sarine Sales Soar as Manufacturing Returns
Revenue rallies after last year’s pandemic-induced slowdown.
Jewelers of America Picks New Chair
Robert Moeller will succeed Holly Wesche.
Ex-RJC Exec Joins Sustainability Standards Group
Brandee Dallow will support SCS Global Services’ certification efforts for fine jewelry, accessories and apparel.
Grib Sees Strong Demand at Rough Auction
Company sells 7ct. purple diamond for a record $100,000 per carat.
Plumb Club Chooses New President
Sam Sandberg will take over from Michael Lerche.
Revenue Surges at India’s Asian Star
Polished manufacturer’s quarterly sales increase more than fivefold as demand rebounds.
South Africa Bourse Elects New Chairman
Molefi Letsiki succeeds Lionel Noach for a three-year term.
FINANCE
Diamond Industry Stock Report
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Retail stocks dipped following a resurgence of Covid-19 cases. Chow Tai Fook (-8%), Signet (-5%), Luk Fook (-2%) and Swatch (-2%) all fell. Mining shares fared better, with Mountain Province (+6%), Gem Diamonds (+5%), Alrosa (+4%) and Anglo American (+2%) rising. Rio Tinto (-4%) was the exception. 

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