Trading Slows as Prices Rise

Dealers report slower trading in the U.S. market. Resistance to higher diamond prices is a contributing factor. Availability of better-quality 3.00 ct. and larger goods is still a concern. In the New York diamond market, demand has improved for white, clean goods of less than 2.00 cts. Rounds and princess cuts lead demand, ovals and cushions are doing well, pear shapes are stable, and marquises are improved.

In the colored stone market, dealers report trading activity at the Bangkok show was slower than last year. Higher prices, especially in heated ruby and sapphire, are finding buyers increasingly tentative and worried about consumer reaction. This summer one can expect fine-quality emerald, blue sapphire, yellow sapphire, peridot, and Tahitian and natural-color freshwater pearls to be among the popular sellers. These are just a few of the gems that still offer attractive prices on good supply.

Diamond: 1/4 ct. round

VS1 VS2 SI1 SI2
G $1,300 $1,200 $1,100 $950
H $1,150 $1,050 $1,000 $900
I $1,100 $1,000 $900 $850
J $1,000 $950 $850 $800

Diamond 1/2 ct. round

VS1 VS2 SI1 SI2
G $3,200 $2,800 $2,400 $2,000
H $2,800 $2,400 $2,200 $1,800
I $2,200 $2,100 $1,900 $1,700
J $1,900 $1,800 $1,700 $1,600

Diamond: 3/4 ct. round

VS1 VS2 SI1 SI2
G $3,800 $3,600 $3,300 $2,900
H $3,500 $3,300 $3,000 $2,800
I $3,200 $3,000 $2,600 $2,200
J $2,500 $2,300 $2,100 $2,000

Diamond: 1 ct. round

VS1 VS2 SI1 SI2
G $6,500 $6,100 $5,000 $4,300
H $5,500 $5,300 $4,600 $4,100
I $4,200 $4,000 $3,800 $3,600
J $3,800 $3,600 $3,200 $3,000

Fancy Pink Diamond: 1 ct. radiant

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

Red Spinel

Good Fine
2 to under 3 cts. $150-$450 $450-$900
3 to under 5 cts. $400-$850 $850-$1,800

Blue Sapphire

Good Fine
1 to under 2 cts. $125-$420 $420-$1,250
2 to under 3 cts. $325-$750 $759-$2,000

Akoya Pearls (by the strand)

Fine Extra-Fine
18-in. strands, $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-$50 $50-$75
3 to under 5 cts. $35-$75 $75-$150

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-$325 $325-$425
2 to under 5 cts. $250-$450 $400-$525

Pink Topaz

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

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