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Rapaport TradeWire June 6, 2019

Slow trading at JCK show highlights middle-market liquidity and profitability challenges
Jun 6, 2019 11:02 AM   By Rapaport
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Slow trading at JCK show highlights middle-market liquidity and profitability challenges. Prices softening with 1 ct. RAPI -0.7% in May. Suppliers using technology and sourcing programs to demonstrate added value as jewelers reduce inventory purchases. US jewelry market steady with top independents gaining market share over majors by providing personalized service to millennials. Luxury jewelers exposed to trade war as Chinese tourists cut overseas spending. Tiffany 1Q sales -3% to $1B, profit -12% to $125M. Signet 1Q sales -3% to $1.4B, loss of $10M vs. loss of $497M the previous year. Swarovski plans move into natural diamonds. RapNet members vote no to lab-grown listings and price list.

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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct -0.46% -3.50% -15.71%
0.50 ct -0.33% -1.60% -6.03%
1.00 ct -0.20% -0.57% -3.79%
3.00 ct 0.05% -3.79% -13.76%
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United States: Positive sentiment among jewelers at Las Vegas shows, but slow fair for suppliers...
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Belgium: Polished and rough trade well below last year’s levels, with exports to all major markets and trading centers down...
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Israel: Weak demand for stones below 0.50 carats and above 3 carats...
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India: Good demand for lower-color (J-K) diamonds...
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Hong Kong: Suppliers preparing for Hong Kong fair (June 20 to 23), hoping to unlock pent-up Far East demand...
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WEEKLY NEWS
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Midstream Struggling as Diamond Prices Soften
Cutters limit production to reduce inventory.
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RapNet Members Say ‘No’ to Synthetics
Voters reject lab-grown listings and price sheet.
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Video: Vegas Show Sees Light Traffic
Good activity in finished-jewelry section, but diamond trading quiet.
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De Beers Opening Blockchain to Industry
Company launches online resource to help trade members join Tracr.
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GIA Offers Origin Reports for Colored Diamonds
Organization introduced service for white stones in March.
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Signet Revenue Drops in 1Q
Retailer lowers guidance for rest of the year.
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Tiffany Sales Fall as Tourist Dip Worsens
Revenue down 3% in first quarter amid lower spending by Chinese visitors to Americas.
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Swarovski Plans Move into Natural Diamonds
Jeweler to focus on sustainably sourced stones.
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New Stores Fuel Chow Tai Fook Sales Growth
Company added 549 locations to its retail network in past year.
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Visitor Slowdown Dents Hong Kong Luxury Market
Trade war contributed to April decline, government says.
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Alrosa to Sell Directly to Consumers
Miner launches provenance program for polished diamonds.
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Lulo Rough Fetches $10M at Tender
Lucapa achieves average price of $1,800 per carat for goods from Angola deposit.
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Venus Jewel Exec to Join DFL Group
Mahiar Borhanjoo oversaw DTC’s move to Gaborone in 2013.
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Lab Creates Tech for Identifying Stolen Stones
GGTL maps diamonds’ inclusions so it can trace them even after recutting.
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Double-banded engagement ring takes top prize.
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J.C. Penney shares (+23%) rebounded after a large fall last week, while other retail stocks still suffered the effects of the US-China trade dispute. Signet (-8%), Chow Sang Sang (-6%) and Luk Fook (-3%) all dropped. Lucapa Diamond (+13%) received a boost after giving a positive outlook for its exploration project at Lulo, while Mountain Province (+14%) also rose. Other mining companies had a negative week, with Stornoway Diamond (-13%), Petra Diamonds (-9%), Firestone Diamonds (-4%) and Gem Diamonds (-4%) all falling.

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