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Rapaport TradeWire December 6, 2018

Market focused on jewelry retail as Christmas approaches.
Dec 6, 2018 11:36 AM   By Rapaport
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December 6, 2018
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Market focused on jewelry retail as Christmas approaches. Brands targeting female self-purchasers and enhancing omni-channel platforms to drive growth. Diamond market stable. November 1 ct. RAPI +0.6%, supported by US holiday demand and preparations for Chinese New Year. Rough trading cautious as manufacturing profit is tight and inventory high, despite seasonal demand. Signet Jewelers 3Q sales +3% to $1.2B, net loss of $38M. Christie’s NY fetches $62.2M (83% by lot), with cushion, 8.08 ct., fancy-vivid-blue, VS2 Bulgari ring selling for $18M ($2.3M/ct.). Sotheby’s NY sells $46.4M (89% by lot), led by cushion, 51.52 ct., F, IF Harry Winston ring that sold for $4M ($77,154/ct.).

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RAPNET DIAMOND INDEX (RAPI)
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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct -0.86% -1.24% 3.27%
0.50 ct -0.33% -0.22% 4.34%
1.00 ct -0.01% 0.51% 1.82%
3.00 ct -0.34% -0.68% -4.20%
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Market Reports
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United States: General retail holiday sales good, but slightly down from last year...
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Belgium: Good European demand, particularly for 1 to 3 ct., G-K, VS-SI diamonds...
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Israel: Some suppliers closing overseas offices to cut costs and improve profit margins...
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India: Manufacturers operating at reduced capacity, and rough trading restrained ahead of De Beers sight...
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Hong Kong: Last week’s show didn’t stimulate significant market improvement...
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WEEKLY NEWS
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Small-Diamond Slump to Pressure Manufacturers
Oversupply and weak demand have dented prices of lower-value goods.
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Lab-Grown Production Rising 15% Per Year
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Bulgari Blue Fetches $18M at Christie’s
8.08-carat diamond exceeds high estimate at NY auction.
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Blue Diamond Fails to Sell at Sotheby’s
10.62-carat stone was auction’s top lot.
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PC Jeweller Curbs Exports in Credit Crunch
Indian company aims to reduce borrowing needs.
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Signet Loss Prompts Share Sell-Off
Retailer goes further into red even as sales rise.
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Lightbox to Launch Rings and Bracelets
De Beers’ synthetic-diamond brand to introduce new designs in 2019.
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Diamond Brands Shun Traditional Holiday Ads
Tiffany and Signet campaigns emphasize experiences and diverse relationships.
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53M Americans to Buy Diamonds This Holiday
Millennials more likely to do so than others, DPA survey finds.
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eBay to Authenticate Luxury Jewelry
Site already certifies high-end handbags and watches.
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Hong Kong Jewelers Warn of Slowdown
Chow Tai Fook, Luk Fook see profits tumble.
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Graff Hong Kong to Display Lesedi Polished
Jeweler’s new boutique to house selection of flawless diamonds from 1,109-carat rough.
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Chow Tai Fook, Swarovski Back Sourcing Program
Atelier Technology claims to help bring products to market faster.
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Signet Fixes Data Issue at Kay, Jared
Configuration problem left some customers’ personal information exposed.
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Sales Rise at India’s Asian Star
Manufacturer notes improvement in jewelry exports and strong performance at Dubai trading subsidiary.
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24ct. Diamond Beats Estimate at Bonhams
Ring sells for $2.4 million at London auction.
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Production Drop Hits Diamcor Sales
Miner recovers lower volumes at Krone-Endora project.
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FINANCE
Diamond Industry Stock Report
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Confusion over the reported tariff truce between the US and China hit global shares this week, with declines in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (-1.3%) and the Hang Seng (-1.1%). US retailers J.C. Penney (-8%), Macy’s (-6%) and Signet (-4%) all dropped, as did Hong Kong’s Chow Sang Sang (-1.5%) and Chow Tai Fook (-1.1%). Petra Diamonds (-14%), Firestone Diamonds (-10%), Stornoway Diamond (-5%) and Lucara Diamond (-3.8%) also tumbled in a negative week for mining stocks. Lucapa Diamond (+5%) rose after reaching commercial production at a new mine.

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