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Diamond Index Shows Prices for Refined & Raw Diamond

1990s: Diamond Index Indicates Profit Margins in Diamond Markets

February 1998

The HRD Diamond Index which reflects actual diamond prices charged by Belgian dealers — rather than theoretical asking prices — showed a remarkable stability in 1997, despite the tumultuous events which took place on both the Russian and Australian fronts. Surprisingly, the drop in the price of smaller diamonds was insignificant — considering that much lower prices were paid for the raw material. Just noting the five point drop in small full cuts and three point drop in melees from January to the end of 97, indicates that manufacturers of these goods have vastly increased their profit margins. On the other hand, manufacturers of larger goods were not able to pass on the increased cost of raw material. From the outset of the year, the index shows virtually no increase in the polished prices of half carat and above categories despite the increased cost of larger rough to manufacturers.

 

YEARLY AVERAGE

 

1996

1997

  1 ct. 1/2 ct.   1 ct. 1/2 ct. 1 ct. 1/2 ct.

1986

177.6 186.3

Jan.

259.4 266.6 275.2 272.6

1987

198.7 193.9

Feb.

260.7 266.7 275.5 273.1

1988

228.3 220.4

March

260.9 266.9 275.5 273.1

1989

244.8 249.5

April

261.1 267.8 275.5 273.4

1990

248.2 260.5

May

270.0 291.5 274.4 273.4

1991

246.0 262.2

June

270.0 291.5 274.4 273.4

1992

247.2 263.0

July

263.5 268.7 274.5 273.5

1993

249.0 264.5

Aug.

263.5 268.7 274.5 273.5

1994

252.0 266.5

Sept.

273.1 268.7 276.6 274.3

1995

254.2 266.3

Oct.

274.7 272.5 277.9 274.3

1996

266.6 270.9

Nov.

275.2 272.6 277.9 274.3

1997

275.9 273.6

Dec.

275.2 272.6 278.0 274.2

The index of diamonds ranging in color from D to H and clarity from IF to VS2. 1973=100.

 

 

YEARLY AVERAGE

 

1996

1997

  Small full cuts Melees 1/4 carat   Small full cuts Melees 1/4 carat Small full cuts Melees 1/4 carat

1986

92.1 78.7 76.1

Jan.

141.2 135.2 111.5 137.6 130.4 111.6

1987

95.9 82.6 78.4

Feb.

141.2 134.8 111.7 137.4 130.0 111.6

1988

110.3 95.4 86.4

March

141.0 135.0 111.9 137.3 130.1 111.4

1989

132.1 115.6 94.7

April

141.2 135.1 111.9 137.4 130.1 111.6

1990

140.8 128.1 101.1

May

141.2 135.0 112.0 137.0 129.9 111.5

1991

144.8 136.2 106.4

June

160.3 151.7 119.4 135.3 129.4 111.2

1992

143.9 135.7 108.0

July

140.4 134.3 112.0 134.4 129.3 111.5

1993

142.1 134.4 109.8

Aug.

140.4 134.3 112.0 134.4 129.3 111.5

1994

142.3 135.5 110.9

Sept.

140.3 134.2 111.8 134.5 129.3 111.6

1995

141.4 135.5 111.7

Oct.

140.2 134.1 111.6 134.4 129.2 111.7

1996

142.2 135.9 112.4

Nov.

140.0 134.1 111.7 134.3 129.2 111.5

1997

135.5 129.5 111.4

Dec.

139.7 132.9 111.8 132.4 127.7 110.6

The index of diamonds ranging in color from white to cape and clarity from IF to Imperfect 4. 1980=100.

 

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