Gem Pricing

Market in brief:June 5, 2006 … A stratified market continues to take shape. Retailers report strong sales at price points below $200 and above $4,000, but sales are weak in the critical $1,000–$3,000 range. Luxury spending by the middle class has been stymied by higher fuel costs and diminishing expectations for debt management by the administration. Consumer buying is active in the discount electronics and home entertainment industries, which are luring buyers with discounts and interest-free financing. Retail jewelers, who compete with this “discount” mentality when vying for these consumers, continue to report eroding margins, especially for diamonds. Diamond dealers report improving demand for sub-carat rounds, while 3.00+ ct. well-made rounds in the collection colors of VS2 or better continue in strong demand. Larger goods have firm pricing because of scarcity. In the fanc

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