Gem Pricing Report

Market in brief: The Conference Board reports that its Consumer Confidence Index fell almost seven points in May, to 103.2, from a revised reading of 109.8 in April. Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board Consumer Research Center, stated, “Apprehension about the short-term outlook for the economy, the labor market, and consumers’ earning potential has driven the expectations index down to levels not seen since the aftermath of the hurricanes.” The decline is no surprise as increasing costs and stagnating income levels cool consumer spending. However, such cycles also create a buyer’s market: Producers know inventories don’t earn profit in the safe.

Market conditions are favorable for buying colored stones. Retailers can obtain advantageous terms on most popular gem products, especially pearls, which remain hot in international gem trade. Production has been declining in many gem categories (expect that to continue), so prices had been firming, but the current economic slowdown has lessened that trend, thus offering buying opportunity for inventory.

DIAMOND: 1/4 ct. round

VS1 VS2 SI1 SI2
G $1,300 $1,200 $1,100 $950
H $1,150 $1,050 $1,000 $900
I $1,100 $1,000 $900 $850
J $1,000 $950 $850 $800

DIAMOND: 1/2 ct. round

VS1 VS2 SI1 SI2
G $3,200 $2,800 $2,400 $2,000
H $2,800 $2,400 $2,200 $1,800
I $2,200 $2,100 $1,900 $1,700
J $1,900 $1,800 $1,700 $1,600

DIAMOND: 3/4 ct. round

VS1 VS2 SI1 SI2
G $3,800 $3,600 $3,300 $2,900
H $3,500 $3,300 $3,000 $2,800
I $3,200 $3,000 $2,600 $2,200
J $2,500 $2,300 $2,100 $2,000

DIAMOND: 1 ct. round

VS1 VS2 SI1 SI2
G $6,500 $6,100 $5,000 $4,300
H $5,500 $5,300 $4,600 $4,100
I $4,200 $4,000 $3,800 $3,600
J $3,800 $3,600 $3,200 $3,000

FANCY PINK DIAMOND: 1 ct. radiant

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

RED SPINEL

Good Fine
2 to under 3 cts. $150—$450 $450—$900
3 to under 5 cts. $350—$700 $700—$1,500

BLUE SAPPHIRE

Good Fine
1 to under 2 cts. $125—$420 $420—$1,250
2 to under 3 cts. $275—$630 $275—$1,750

AKOYA PEARLS (by the strand)

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

NIGERIAN SPESSARTITE GARNET

Good Fine
1 to under 2 cts. $75—$90 $90—$120
2 to under 3 cts. $90–$125 $120–$160

BLUE ZIRCON

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

TANZANITE

Good Fine
1 to under 2 cts. $175—$325 $325—$425
2 to under 5 cts. $250–$400 $400–$500

ROUND TAHITIAN BLACK PEARLS

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

PINK TOPAZ

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