Gem Pricing Report: The Buyers Are Back

Steady sales made for good moods in TucsonIn a sign that the colored stone business is back from the brink, dealers at the Tucson 2011 gem shows reported that the market for rough is active once again overseas. Given that the mining sector was one of the earliest to recognize the severity of the crisis and suspend operations, the increase in rough production is positive news, indeed. Initial impressions of the Tucson gem shows: Although there were some spectacular gems on display, the reality is that top-quality important stones are very scarce, and as such, prices are firm. In contrast to last year, however, growth in the mid-level of the market is much improved. Price points have moved higher. Sales activity in the $1,500–$3,000 range is much stronger than in 2010, while the $100–$500 range remains very active.   The most noticeable trend observed this year is the industr

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