Belgium Statistics Show More Confidence

Rough and polished diamonds exported from Belgium showed
higher per-carat prices in September, a trend that has been evident most of the
year, according to statistics released by the Antwerp
World Diamond Centre.

Belgian polished diamond exports in September climbed 1.5
percent in volume terms from a year earlier, to 808,518 carats. However, in
dollar terms, they jumped 21 percent to $1.26 billion.

Similarly, for the first nine months of the year, polished
diamond exports climbed only three percent to 5.52 million carats. But their
overall value rose 27.7 percent to $8.08 billion.

For the first nine months of this year, rough exports soared
46.6 percent to 96.2 million carats worth $8.08 billion, a rise of 60.6
percent.