Gem Pricing Report

Retailers are stocking up…conservatively. Meanwhile, blue sapphires remain red-hot.The short-term outlook for the retail market is good. Retailers are preparing for the holiday season and ordering inventory. However, wholesale dealers report that early September buying indicates stock building is ­modest at best. As one gemstone wholesaler said of retailers: “The supply model is outdated and does not function well in the current economy. Clients want inventory, but only at unreasonable terms. Suppliers can no ­longer finance the entire length of the distribution channel.” The lack of credit available to the trade continues to negatively impact growth. ­However, for firms who find themselves on a solid financial footing, the current market provides strong buying opportunities.In the colored stone market, prices for finer-quality material remain stable to higher. Lower productio

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