Gem Pricing Report

Market in brief: Volatility defines the diamond market. Well-made rounds of G/VS2 or higher in 3.00+ ct. sizes are scarce. A key diamond-trading database revealed some 4.00 ct. F–G/VS rounds selling above prices in Rapaport Report and The Guide. Recent sights contained much rough that will finish to goods already plentiful, while demand areas lack supply. Price resistance at retail is further eroding margins. Prices are higher at production, but margins are lower. U.S. market demand for 2.00+ ct. rounds and princess cuts of F–G/VS2 or better is strong, and good for ovals, cushions, and pears. Colored-stone dealers report strong sales for blue sapphire, especially 2.00 to 4.00 cts. Fine-quality sapphires of 4.00+ cts. are scarce, and prices are rising. Aquamarine and greenish-blue cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique are selling well. Design and custom-jewelry segments have been chief

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