Israeli banks cut financing of the diamond industry by 33%, falling below $500 million for the first time in 30 years. The decline reflected shrinking activity, reduced reliance on financing, and banks’ balking at the complications of working with diamond firms.
Going through the sales data of hundreds of jewelry retailers provides remarkable insights. For example, how much Americans really spend on their diamond engagement rings. Here is the data driven answer.
A quarterly review of the diamond market, from retail to mining. Despite the deep dive in activity in 2020, the market bounced back to make a full recovery. Lab-grown market share, financing, midstream manufacturing, rough diamond purchases, and detailed retail activity are covered.
Many businesses did not survive this challenging year. There are a lot of lessons here for everyone in the diamond pipeline and the jewelry industry. Here is a summary of the results of analyzing the activities of those businesses that succeeded in 2020 and those that did not.
Diamond supply to the US comes from all over the world. As the world’s largest diamond consumer market, the US is the country that imports the most diamonds – more than $400 billion worth of polished diamonds in the last 30 years.
Consumers should expect higher diamond prices as strong demand has been driving them up in recent months. After consumer retail purchases dropped in March and April, US retail activity surged in the summer months. This renewed demand includes jewelry and diamonds and is causing diamond prices to rise.
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. The reason is changes in diamond production by smaller firms.
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.
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