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Rapaport TradeWire April 29, 2021

Apr 29, 2021 11:17 AM   By Rapaport
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Rapaport TradeWire
April 29, 2021
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Diamond markets mixed. US and China recovery fueling optimism, but uncertainty remains due to worrying coronavirus situation in India. Europe relatively weak. Supply volatility expected in short term. Polished inventory levels declining as manufacturers reduce capacity and GIA backlog rises. Cutters focused on 1 ct. polished and larger. Small De Beers sight projected for next week. US consumer confidence +12% to pre-pandemic levels in April, reports Conference Board. National Retail Federation predicts record Mother’s Day jewelry sales. China 1Q polished imports +393% to $722M. WFDB launches fundraising campaign to help India with Covid-19 battle: campaign.wfdb.com.

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RAPNET DIAMOND INDEX (RAPI)
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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct 0.39% -0.57% 6.06%
0.50 ct -0.02% -0.73% 15.52%
1.00 ct 1.82% 2.45% 18.40%
3.00 ct 1.48% 2.83% 10.14%
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Market Reports
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United States: Melee strengthening in G-I, VS-SI ranges that are popular in wedding bands and fashion-jewelry pavé settings...
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Belgium: European market still cautious due to Covid-19...
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Israel: Focus on US; more dealers traveling to meet customers...
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India: Supply shortages emerging, especially in -2 small goods...
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Hong Kong: Mainland China stores seasonally quiet after strong start to year...
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Volatility Looms Amid India’s Covid-19 Crisis
WITH Avi Krawitz

The surge of new coronavirus cases in the world’s main diamond-manufacturing hub will likely result in polished shortages as demand continues to rise. We assess prospects for the diamond market for the remainder of 2021 as India copes with the outbreak.

UPS AND DOWNS
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Diamond Stash Worth Billions Sold Off as Demand Returns
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8 Out of 10 Jewelers Report Sales Growth in March
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Is It Possible to Buy a Sustainable Engagement Ring?
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Russian Miners May Face US Sanctions if Tensions Rise
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WEEKLY NEWS
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China’s Diamond Trade Roars Back
Polished imports rise almost fivefold in first quarter.
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Christie’s to Auction $12M Pink Diamond Ring
15.23-carat piece will feature in May 12 Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale.
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Diamond Trade Launches India Fundraising Drive
Campaigns aim to donate medical supplies and other essentials.
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Diamond Foundry Value Hits $1.8B After Fundraising
Investment will help lab-grown maker lift annual production to 5 million carats.
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‘Record’ Jewelry Outlay to Drive Mother’s Day Sales
Category to account for 59% of total growth, National Retail Federation predicts.
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Banks Tie Pandora Loan to Sustainability Targets
Borrowing costs for $1.15 billion facility depend on jeweler’s environmental performance.
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Jewelry-Rental Club Raises $26M to Fund Expansion
Investment will help Vivrelle broaden its product range.
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De Beers Weighs Taking Jwaneng Underground
Project has potential to extend mine life “significantly” beyond 2035.
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Firestone Sells Second Batch of Rough Inventory
Run-of-mine goods fetch strongest average price since June 2018.
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Gemfields Sales Spike at Emerald Auction
Revenue hits highest level in five years amid strong demand after Covid-19 pause.
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Swiss Watch Exports Surge in March
Figures benefited from comparison with onset of Covid-19 crisis in 2020.
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RJC Launches Task Force to Tackle UN Goals
Group will help benchmark industry’s progress implementing 17 sustainable development objectives.
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New Fund to Help Jewelers Study Sustainability
Money will enable members of Women’s Jewelry Association to take relevant courses at New York University.
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eBay Adds Extra Trust Element for Luxury Watches
Escrow service gives shoppers more peace of mind when buying high-end timepieces.
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Bulgari Ring Leads Strong Bonhams Sale
Piece fetches $835,233, more than double its upper estimate, at London auction.
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FINANCE
Diamond Industry Stock Report
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Global retail stocks bounced back as major economies continued to reopen and consumers returned. Signet (+4%), Macy’s (+3%), Kering (+2%) and Chow Sang Sang (+2%) all gained. Luk Fook (-5%) was the exception. Mining shares were mixed. Lucara (+9%), Mountain Province (+4%), Anglo American (+4%) and Rio Tinto (+4%) rose, while Gem Diamonds (-7%), Petra (-4%) and Alrosa (-2%) lost steam.

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