Gem Pricing Report

Consumers remain cautious on rising credit cardrates and shrinking credit lines. Lack of consumer credit is no longer an issue only for higher-risk applicants and remainsa significant obstacle to recovery. But retailers report that engagement and anniversary gift giving remains active. Price points, however, are considerably lower than in years past.

In colored stones, the Colombian emerald market con-tinues to see stable prices for fine and extra-fine qualities. After a trip to Colombia, dealer Ron Ringsrud noted, “The largest wholesalers/exporters of emeralds in Bogotá are plea-santly surprised with the slow but steady sales overseas and with the firmness of emerald prices.”

U.S. dealers report that emerald sales still trail sapphire. However, emeralds are seeing greater demand as inventories shrink. But, as Ringsrud said, “Many had expected a big drop in sales, but colored stones are not a luxury—as long as people fall in love, gemstones and jewelry is a necessity.”

In the diamond market, dealers report prices have stabil-ized. Well-made rounds in the H-I and VS2 to SI1 range weighing 0.50 to 1.00 ct. are the strongest sellers. Dealers say demand for some branded diamonds has declined as consumers look for the most diamond for their money. In fancy shapes cushions, emeralds, and pears are doing well, while demand for princess cuts has softened.

VS1 VS2 SI1 SI2
G $1,430 $1,325 $1,125 $1,050
H $1,300 $1,190 $1,050 $920
I $1,170 $1,050 $950 $900
J $1,100 $1,000 $900 $850

VS1 VS2 SI1 SI2
G $2,775 $2,350 $1,875 $1,500
H $2,400 $2,050 $1,725 $1,425
I $1,950 $1,750 $1,500 $1,350
J $1,575 $1,500 $1,350 $1,200

VS1 VS2 SI1 SI2
G $6,075 $5,400 $4,575 $3,975
H $5,100 $4,650 $4,350 $3,825
I $4,125 $4,000 $3,800 $3,600
J $3,800 $3,600 $3,200 $3,000

VS1 VS2 SI1 SI2
G $12,300 $10,900 $9,400 $8,100
H $10,200 $9,400 $7,900 $7,200
I $8,700 $8,000 $7,200 $6,700
J $6,800 $6,300 $5,900 $5,500

VS SI I1
$60K–$85K $45K–$75K $30K–$43K

Good Fine
2 to under 3 cts. $150–$500 $500–$800
3 to under 5 cts. $250–$550 $750–$2,500

Good Fine
1 to under 2 cts. $125–$420 $420–$1,250
2 to under 3 cts. $325–$750 $750–$2,000

Fine Extra-Fine
18-in. strands, 6 to 6.5 mm $650–$850 $1,000–$1,200

Good Fine
1 to under 2 cts. $75–$90 $90–$120

Good Fine
1 to under 3 cts. $20–$50 $50–$75
3 to under 5 cts. $35–$75 $75–$150

Good Fine
8 to 8.5 mm $30–$60 $60–$120
10 to 10.5 mm $35–$90 $90–$150

Good Fine
1 to under 2 cts. $175–$325 $300–$400
2 to under 5 cts. $250–$450 $400–$475

Good Fine
1 to under 3 cts. $125–$350 $350–$700
3 to under 5 cts. $180–$425 $425–$900

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