Insights Into the Diamond Industry - Page 9 of 11

Our latest insights, expert analysis and thinking on the topics that matter most in the diamond industry.

 

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Yikes! Jewelry Losing Market Share (and Consumer Interest)

Jewelry Losing Market Share (and Consumer Interest) - Edahn Golan

Since October 2014, sales by specialty jewelers have been declining, while total retail sales in the US have been expanding, leading to a steady, yet constant loss in fine jewelry market share. Clearly, when given a choice, American consumers prefer spending their money on products other than jewelry. However, even in the recent past, this was not always the case. …

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Buying and Crying, the Longest Diamond Recession

Buying and Crying, the Longest Diamond Recession

Sometimes, when talking with Sightholders, they have a strong, even passionate opinion about their Sight supplies, prices and the state of the market. This happens at times of instability. At other times, their views are quite moderate, yielding to the market and everything that is happening in it at the moment. However, during a turbulent period, it is very rare …

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The Jewelry Retail Challenge: Think H&M

The Retail Challenge: Think H&M

As we all know, the jewelry retail sector is struggling and facing many challenges: from declining consumer interest to limited marketing, from competing categories to unclear propositions, from confidence-eroding scandals to difficult pricing. Even benchmarking performance and prices is not widely available. And these are just internal issues. The question is no longer if the jewelry retail landscape is challenging, …

10 Things Learned at the Las Vegas Trade Shows

10 Things Learned at the Las Vegas Shows

The Las Vegas trade show not only spotlighted where the problems are in the diamond industry, they also showed where positive change activity is taking place, possibly signaling the way for the rest of the industry. The JCK Las Vegas and Couture shows started with a certain degree of promise, and even though they suffered from low foot traffic, they …

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What is the Price of a Diamond?

What is the price of a diamond? Diamond polishing

Not too long ago, I posted a question on Twitter, asking people what they thought was the average price of a diamond. Specifically, I wondered how much, in informed people’s opinion, was the average wholesale price per carat of polished diamonds. Just for fun, pick a figure before reading on, and keep it in mind. In response to my question, …

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Sight Okay, Retail Not at All

Sight Okay, Retail Not at All - Gem Diamonds

De Beers finally got the message and lowered Sight prices. Retail sales were worse than previously stated and the future does not look bright.

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Sightholders Begin New Contract Period Cautiously

Smallish Sight Expected as Sightholders Begin New Contract Period Cautiously

On Monday, 84 Sightholders and two  will begin attending the first Sight of the new contract period – but quite cautiously. The Sight is not expected to be very large, around $400 million, because Sightholders opted to start the contract by scheduling fewer goods for the upcoming Sight. The first Sight of the 2015-2018 Global Sightholder Sales (GSS) contracts will …

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Jewelry Expenditure Rises amid Stunted Growth, Millennials Stepping Off the Plate

Jewelry Expenditure Rises amid Stunted Growth, Millennials Stepping Off the Plate

According to a new survey of the US consumer market, even though Americans increased fine jewelry and watch purchases in 2014, the rate of growth declined. This reaffirms other indicators that while 2014 was a year of growth, it was a stunted growth. According to the 2014 Mid-Year Consumer Expenditure Survey, in the period between July 2013 and June 2014, …

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Rethinking the Diamond Model

Rough diamond sorting - De Beers

Sometimes, connecting figures in ways in which they are not usually put together can highlight a great truth – a truth hiding in plain sight. Most people who follow the diamond industry already are familiar with the following figures. Yet what they disclose in this context is perhaps new and may require rethinking the diamond model.