Gem Pricing Report

Buying patterns observed at the February gem shows in Tucson, Ariz., indicate that buyers were purchasing for inventory. This change in retailer attitude is a positive sign and indicates that sales, although slow during 2009, have lowered inventory levels.

Buyers remained price conscious. Market activity continues to signal strengths and weaknesses. Several active price ranges were observed, but there is a large gap between them. Top extra-fine rubies and sapphires, for example, were scarce, and prices were significantly higher than last year. Availability of goods was better for material in the $2,000 to $4,000 range, but dealers report resistance to these price levels.

The strongest activity was centered on products with wholesale price points between $100 and $400 but tapered off as prices approached an apparent $1,000 to $1,200 ceiling. After this level the jump was quite large to the next active level, which encompasses the high-end collectors’ range of material that’s always extremely scarce and never devoid of demand.

Dealers also reported that buyers were interested in introducing unusual gem materials to consumers. This trend has been gaining momentum in recent years as jewelers look to differentiate their businesses from their competitors. Some gems attracting interest this year were aquamarine, scapolite, red tourmaline, yellow sapphire, and red and pink spinels.

Diamond: 1/4 ct. round

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

Diamond: 1/2 ct. round

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

Diamond: 1 ct. round

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

Diamond: 2 ct. round

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

Fancy Pink Diamond: 1 ct. radiant

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

Red Spinel

Good Fine
2 to under 3 cts. $200–$550 $550–$900
3 to under 5 cts. $300–$650 $750–$2,500

Blue Sapphire

Good Fine
1 to under 2 cts. $150–$425 $425–$1,350
2 to under 3 cts. $350–$800 $800–$2,200

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–$55 $55–$90
3 to under 5 cts. $40–$80 $80–$175

Round Tahitian Black Pearls

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

Tanzanite

Good Fine
1 to under 2 cts. $175–$300 $300–$400
2 to under 5 cts. $250–$375 $375–$450

Pink Topaz

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

Prices shown represent actual wholesale memorandum prices paid by retail jewelers on a per-stone basis. All prices are per carat except for cultured pearls. No responsibility or liability is assumed for the consequences of the use of any information in this report, nor for errors or omissions. The terms Commercial, Good, Fine, and Extra-Fine are general classifications developed and used by The GemGuide. Each represents a range of individual quality grades. When they are used in conjunction with proper grading, one can accurately pinpoint a price from within the listed range. The GemGuide is published six times a year. A one-year subscription includes market reports and colored stone and diamond prices. For more information, contact Gemworld International Inc., 2640 Patriot Blvd., Suite 240, Glenview, IL 60026; (888) GEMGUIDE or (847) 657-0555, fax (847) 657-0550. U.S., Canada, $205 complete per year. Elsewhere $275 complete per year.