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The economics and activities of diamond manufacturing. A sensible place to start a background journey into the midsection of the diamond value chain.

What is Diamond Manufacturing?

It is the series of actions that transform a rough diamond into a polished diamond ready to be set in a jewelry item. It is an activity that not only transforms a rough stone into a polished diamond, the transformation process is also where the most value is added to a diamond.

The polishing process takes place in the midsection of the diamond value chain, commonly referred to as the midstream. Here is the place where knowledge, skill, and cutting edge technology come together, and are of the outmost importance for the diamond value chain.

What Happens in Diamond Manufacturing?

Diamond manufacturing involves:

  • Rough diamond purchasing
  • Rough diamond assessment
  • Sophisticated technological tools
  • Cutting
  • Polishing
  • Grading
  • Wholesale of polished diamonds

Where are Most Diamonds Manufactured?

The majority of diamonds are polished in India. Manufacturing also takes place in Belgium, Israel, China, and Thailand.

Issues Related to Diamond Manufacturing

This section of the diamond value chain is not just the key transformation spot for diamonds, it is also the most vulnerable part of the diamond value chain. It is heavily reliant on complex financing and suffers from the thinnest margins of all sections of the diamond industry.

It also bears the greatest risk. Diamonds can break during the polishing process. The thin margins and difficult profitability means that business and can easily fall into losses. Most manufacturers are in a volume business, which does not lend itself to improved profitability.

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

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Has De Beers Unveiled Deep KP 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. After initially posting mistaken numbers, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KP) published its rough diamond production, import and export figures for 2014. …

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How Sightholders Take Care of Business – A Market Report

How Sightholders Take Care of Business - Botswana Sight

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. However, there is a …

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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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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

If you are trying to see the half-full part of the glass, you’ll hear the voices that say that “De Beers finally got the message and lowered prices.” From a Sightholder perspective, the conclusion is that the Sight was okay. While that may be true and important, the issue is not only about price, but also about quantity. As the …

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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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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.

Refusals, Strops, Contracts and Conspiracies – A Rough Market Review

Refusals, Strops, Prices, New Contracts and Conspiracies – A Rough Market Review

In a way, there were no surprises this past week, and that in itself should be a surprise. De Beers offered a large rough diamond supply to its clients – at slightly higher prices – and the market just could not digest it. Why did the miner offer so many goods in an overloaded market? Why were the prices high …

The US State of the Jewelry Market Report

US Market report jewelry diamonds consumer expenditure

Millennials spend more on jewelry than any other age group Age group between 25-34 spent 28% more than average household Consumers are buying more jewelry but at a lower price-per-piece Fine jewelry sales in the US reach $68.8 billion Watch sales reach $9.13 billion, increasing 7.7% Buying season spans throughout the year, with sales during traditional holiday season dropping 1.2% …

Indian Diamond Companies Improve Cash Flow

IIJ Feb 2015

Diamond manufacturers adjusted their operations to the current low and declining loose diamond prices and high rough diamond prices. In the backdrop are fixed overhead costs and costly financing, according to traders.