Fancy Color Price Index Up Across the Board

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RAPAPORT… Prices of fancy-color diamonds increased in the second quarter amid supply shortages, according to the Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF).

The group’s Fancy Color Diamond Index gained 0.2% compared with the previous three months, the organization reported Monday. Prices of blue fancy-color diamonds jumped 0.4%, while pinks increased 0.3%, and yellows rose 0.1%.

“As retail in the US, Asia and Europe copes with the new realities and constraints of a Covid-19 economy, we are still seeing supply shortages in the fancy-color diamond segment that provide pricing stability,” said FCRF advisory board member Oren Schneider, who is also CEO of online secondhand jewelry platform Circa. “Inventories are still at a historically low level for this product.”

The strongest items in the blue category were 1.5- and 2-carat diamonds in all saturations, rising 1.3% quarter on quarter, FCRF noted. Meanwhile, 2-carat fancy pinks jumped 1.6%, while 3-carat stones of that color went up 2%.

Most segments in the yellow-diamond category grew, with the most prominent increase seen in 5-carat, fancy-vivid yellows, which climbed 1.3%. Those rises outweighed decreases in all colors for larger-sized diamonds, including 10-carat fancy yellows and pinks, and blue stones weighing between 3 and 5 carats.

The index tracks prices of yellow, pink and blue fancy-color diamonds in Hong Kong, New York, Geneva and Tel Aviv.

Image: A 39.34-carat rough blue diamond. (Petra Diamonds)

Source: diamonds.net Rapaport

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