After a year of pains, and in the midst of one of the most complicated years since World War II, De Beers’ market share sank in 2019. Not only De Beers, but ALROSA, Rio Tinto, and Petra all lost market share.
Global diamond production sank 6.9% in 2019, the deepest plunge in a decade. By value, diamond production dropped 6.2%. There were good reasons for this, and the updated diamond production forecast calls for an even more significant slide in 2020.
COVID-19 hit the world like a wild and destructive storm and the diamond industry was not spared. Following are the figures showing just how COVID-19 impacted sales, and how the tide is perhaps starting to turn.
Diamond wholesalers, just as any other business owners in the COVID-19 era, need to jump start their business activity, and those that could did. The result was a mid-single digit drop in wholesale diamond prices in May. Polished Diamond Prices Tumble Seeking Cash Flow The desire to generate cash flow, accompanied by pressures to do so quickly, led traders to …
Conventional wisdom holds that trading in the diamond industry should have come to a complete stop in April. This is largely true, but there are some exceptions. Polished diamond trading has continued, though at a much reduced level. Prices naturally declined, down a low single digit. Jewelry stores in China are mostly open, and a good number of stores remained …
Diamonds in the Age of COVID-19: The diamond market, from mining to retail, has changed dramatically under COVID-19. In a webinar given with AWDC, current diamond market dynamics, needed steps, a glimpse into the future, and our poll results were discussed. We covered a lot of ground.
The Q1 2020 issue of the Golan Diamond Market Report reviews transaction polished diamond prices, changes in midstream inventory & demand, and updates on prices and demand in the LGD market. All that, plus an exploration of consumer attitudes.
The growing stream of bad news is threatening to engulf us like a depressing cloud of darkness, fueling a bleak outlook of ruin in the diamond industry. Yet, diamond jewelry demand has always re-surged as consumers sought solace and celebration. The following is a data-backed pep talk of resurrection.