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Rapaport TradeWire August 22, 2019

Polished inventory levels starting to decline as manufacturers cut production and rough buying.
Aug 22, 2019 10:11 AM   By Rapaport
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Polished inventory levels starting to decline as manufacturers cut production and rough buying. Small Aug. sight as De Beers lets sightholders reject 50% of goods. Alrosa slashes 2019 sales forecast from 38M cts. to 33M cts. after 2Q revenue -21% to $859M, profit -47% to $200M. Weak China demand and tight profit margins still a concern. Buyers very selective during downturn. Strong jewelry sales at Macy’s and J.C. Penney highlight discounting and promotional retail environment. Belgian, Indian and Israeli trade bodies call to postpone Hong Kong show. Ian Rowe replaces Dorothée Gizenga as executive director of Diamond Development Initiative. Sean Kell appointed Blue Nile CEO.

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United States: Dealers looking for unique items, such as unusual fancy shapes, mirroring consumer requests for personalized pieces...
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Belgium: Fewer fresh goods available, as manufacturing has declined...
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Israel: Trading quiet with the Israel Diamond Exchange closed until August 25...
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India: Weakening rupee and stricter customs controls weighing on sentiment...
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Hong Kong: Luxury sales down 4% to 11% due to demonstrations but could slide 10% to 60% if disruptions continue to year-end, according to analysts at Cowen...
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Trade Calls to Postpone Hong Kong Show
GJEPC, AWDC and IDI are concerned clients will not attend and insurance won’t cover goods.
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Sotheby’s Expects $26M for Pink Diamond
Ring will go under the hammer at the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction in Hong Kong.
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GIA Exposes Rough with Fake Green Color
Manufacturers coated diamond with chromium oxide powder.
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DPA Seeks to Eradicate Diamond Misconceptions
Organization’s new campaign wants to educate millennial consumers about the industry.
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US Consumer Spending Robust Amid Trade War
Strong job market led to continued buyer confidence, NRF says.
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Tiffany Launches Men’s Collection
Line includes jewelry, watches, accessories, barware, home objects and games.
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Restructuring Efforts Boost Pandora
Shares up 10% after results despite profit drop.
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Jewelry Strong for J.C. Penney, Macy’s
Gold, diamonds, fashion gems and ”modern bride” category saw highest rises.
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China Drives Swiss Watch Rebound
Shipments to the country rose 16% in July.
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De Beers Lets Clients Reject 50% of Goods
Sightholders can also sell 20% of diamonds back to the miner.
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Alrosa Slashes Full-Year Sales Outlook
Weak demand and lower-quality goods led to 21% decline in second quarter.
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Slow Market Dents Gem Diamonds Results
Revenue down 44% in the first half.
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Debswana Mourns Death of Albert Milton
He had been managing director of the Botswana-De Beers joint venture since November.
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Sotheby’s to Sell 100ct. Yellow-Diamond Necklace
Piece is one of five by Anna Hu that will feature at Hong Kong auction.
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Blue Nile Hires Permanent CEO
Online retailer believes Sean Kell will position it as a trusted brand.
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JBT Names New President
Erich Jacobs will take over from Richard Weisenfeld on September 1.
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NCDIA to Hold Colored-Diamond Seminar
Session will be presented by GGTL director Thomas Hainschwang and moderated by Rapaport’s Joshua Freedman.
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Retail stocks bounced back after President Donald Trump announced tariff delays on some consumer goods, with J.C. Penney (+6%), Walmart (+6%), Chow Tai Fook (+6%) and LVMH (+5%) all gaining. Pandora (+36%) got a boost from signs of its recovery in key markets. Shares in Stornoway Diamond (-33%) fell after the company reported it had been unable to find an investor and may close operations. Other mining stocks also tumbled, including Mountain Province (-10%) and Lucara Diamond (-4.3%).

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