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The economy of the diamond industry untangled. Thorough analysis, granular data, and background on the diamond market. All this put in context with clarity.

What is the Diamond Industry?

In some ways, it is an industry just like any other despite the aura of an industry shrouded in mystery. It needs to satisfy consumer demand, promote the retail category, address technical problems, and secure financing to operate and grow.

It is also a unique one. It faces very certain expectations from consumers and governments alike. The modern diamond business is highly skilled and involves heavy use of technology and innovation. And yet, it is very traditional, relying heavily on a backbone of family structure, and it is highly fragmented compared to other industries.

Why is There a Diamond Industry?

It is human nature to desire to be decorated. Jewelry arose as a way to look better, to make a statement about who you are culturally, to declare your financial status, and to reveal your marital standing. Diamonds have been part of this storytelling for hundreds of years.

Ever since they were first dug along riverbanks in India and Brazil, the yearning for diamonds has grown to the point that a sophisticated value chain be developed to satisfy this demand. Although the iconic ”a diamond is forever” marketing campaign is no longer running, desire for diamonds remain high. Most people, of practically all ages and of nearly all cultures, still covet diamond jewelry. And most buy it too.

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

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

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The Lesson of Sight 8: No Need for More Rough

The Lesson of Sight 8: No Need for More Rough - featured

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 …

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

Consumer Expenditure on Jewelry Sinks - featured Edahn Golan

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 …

Sightholders Don’t See Relief in Sight

Sightholders don’t see relief in sight - featured image

Pop quiz: Rough diamond prices were reduced at Sight 7 by: 13%, 9% or 5%? If you examine the price list, you’ll see that the price of some goods decreased by as little as 2.5%, whereas others were cut by as much as 20%. One report may have been based on a simple average of the discounts and came close …

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

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

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. The recent Kimberley Process figures are at odds with De Beers’ diamond production report. Which is more accurate? After initially posting …

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How Sightholders Take Care of Business – A Market Report

How Sightholders Take Care of Business - Botswana Sight - Edahn Golan rough diamond market analytics

From retailers in Middle America to jewelry manufacturers in India, from polishers in Israel to rough traders in Antwerp and miners in Africa – the global diamond industry seems tired, pessimistic and gloomy. Everyone in the pipeline is seeing their sales decline and their turnover shrink, with improvement resting on a distant horizon – constantly receding. It seemed that no …

The Diamond Austerity

The Diamond Austerity

In July, diamond miners will offer fewer goods, but in August – this saga will be of a greater magnitude. A diamond austerity plan is needed.

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Is the Diamond Market Screeching to a Halt?

diamond market - Is the Diamond Market Screeching to a Halt

From top to bottom, the diamond market is changing, and in most places the change is anything but positive. The upcoming Sight, business failures in India and Israel and the languishing retail market all have issues. Not all is bad though, there is some good news as well. Rough Diamond Market: Worry about the Next Sight The upcoming Sight is …

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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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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, …