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A constant examination of the global diamond business from mining to retail. Using industry data and analytics, it is explained in context with clarity.

What is the Diamond Industry?

The diamond industry is a fascinating sector, with a rich and, at times, controversial history. To satisfy global consumer demand for diamond jewelry, the diamond industry invests in exploration and has developed new ways to extract diamonds from the ground.

It employs sophisticated ways to assess rough diamonds without the need to first cut them open, and has developed state-of-the-art technologies to plan diamond polishing. In addition, the industry has sophisticated ways to grade diamonds, and a complex way for determining a diamond’s value.

The diamond industry also includes design and jewelry manufacturing. Some are ultra-modern, and others very traditional. In all cases, they address consumer demand and tastes.

Are Diamonds Expensive?

Diamonds come in all sizes and clarities, and in many colors. The rarer a diamond, the higher is its value. Some are very pricy, and some are less so. There is a diamond for every budget.

Along the value chain, miners, polishers, jewelry makers and retailers do not have a wider margin than their counterparts in other sectors.

Surprised? Read the following insight posts and reports to learn more about the economics of the diamond industry.

What Are the Components of the Diamond Industry?

The diamond industry includes:

  • Exploration
  • Mining
  • Rough diamond sales
  • Diamond polishing
  • Polished diamond wholesaling
  • Jewelry making
  • Retailing
  • Consumer demand

The following posts provide insights into how exactly the diamond industry works, the ways miners sell rough diamonds, how diamond polishers tackle changing demand in a lengthy polishing process, and the financial issues that all parts of the diamond industry face.

For a deeper look into this topic, please see below:

Resurrection: Fine Jewelry Sales Rise 1.1% in 2015

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Fine jewelry sales in the US totaled $66.5 billion in 2015 after consumers rediscovered jewelry in the fourth quarter, leading to a resurrection in demand. After a well felt slump, mostly among diamond suppliers, interest in fine jewelry sparked trade throughout the diamond pipeline. Fine Jewelry Sales +1.1% Fine jewelry retail sales in December totaled $12.7 billion, according to our …

Deconstructing De Beers’ $540M Cycle Sales

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De Beers announced on Tuesday that the total value of rough diamonds it supplied during the first cycle of 2016 was $540 million. This number, and the context in which it was revealed, requires some explanation. It is not the value of the Sight, but rather that and beyond. Just what does this number include? Basically, all the rough diamond …

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Fine Jewelry Sales Up, Rough Prices Down, Optimism Ensues (Unjustly)

Fine Jewelry Sales Up, Rough Prices Down, Optimism Ensues (Unjustly)

Fine jewelry sales in the US posted a rise in November, and there are signs that December was alright too. In the last couple of weeks of December, Mumbai diamond traders had a sudden rise in sales, both from the US and China, leading to a burst of optimism that drove demand for Sight goods. De Beers in turn lowered prices …

This is the Lost Year in Rough Diamonds

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What a horrible year it was. Miners, traders and retailers will remember 2015 as the year of lost capital, walking on the cusp of bankruptcies, lost opportunities and diminishing value of diamonds. How did it happen, could it been avoided and what lessons can be drawn from it – short term and long? The Last Cycle of 2015 – Sight …

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An Illustrated Guide to Cause & Effect

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If the cause is declining consumer share of wallet, then the effect is a sharp drop in rough sales. This means that we can expect rough diamond price reductions, fewer goods purchased at the December and January Sights, and bank financing to continue to be difficult. To visualize the poor state of affairs of jewelry demand among American consumers, examine …

Waddling Forward, Will Sight 9 Total Less than $100 Million?

Waddling Forward, Will Sight 9 Total Less than $100 Million?

A quick note before Sight 9 – it’s going to be small, but it will take place. De Beers is adapting to the market, or as some may say, they are playing it by ear. The company is trying to meet the changing needs of its clients. Sadly, these changing needs seem mostly like detrition. According to one definition, detrition …

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The Lesson of Sight 8: No Need for More Rough

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There is a wide range of estimates about the value of the goods De Beers offered this cycle. Be it $350 or $500 million, very little was purchased. A current estimate puts actual purchases by Sightholders at $150-$200 million, underscoring that the diamond industry is not seeking rough. No Need for More Rough, At Least 50% Refusals It does not …

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This Just In: Jewelry Retail Sales Are Improving

This Just In: Jewelry Retail Sales Are Improving

The most pressing fundamental issue for the global diamond industry today is the decline in consumer demand. Hopefully, this is changing, as US retail sales of fine jewelry have posted several consecutive rises recently, signaling a turn for the better. In August of this year, fine jewelry sales increased 2.4% year-over-year, the fourth consecutive month of increases. Fine jewelry sales …

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Consumer Expenditure on Jewelry Sinks

A review of US consumer expenditure on fine jewelry in the past year is sobering at best. Americans are spending a lot less on jewelry, and this is a near across the board trend. In every demographic, nearly every segment of the demographic spent less on jewelry, and at times every segment spent less. Overall, the average US household spent …

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Has De Beers Unveiled Deep KP Mistake? Russia & Dubai on the Rise

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The return from the summer break has been anything but smooth. While the focus has been on the Sights, there are other issues, such as long-term trends, that are becoming clearer as we dive deeper into the current crisis. After initially posting mistaken numbers, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KP) published its rough diamond production, import and export figures for 2014. …