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Summer 2006

Yearly Average

2005

2006

1 ct.

1/2 ct.

1 ct.

1/2 ct.

1 ct.

1/2 ct.

1995

254.2

266.3

January

319.3

263.3

333.6

251.9

1996

266.6

270.9

February

324.4

263.5

333.6

257.1

1997

275.9

273.6

March

326.0

263.5

331.2

255.0

1998

277.8

273.7

April

326.1

263.5

331.2

255.0

1999

278.7

273.6

May

329.9

263.3

331.2

255.0

2000

283.0

273.9

June

332.5

263.3

331.2

255.0

2001

284.2

268.0

July

332.5

263.3

2002

284.1

256.5

August

332.5

263.3

2003

284.0

253.8

September

335.8

260.1

2004

306.6

258.9

October

335.8

260.1

2005

330.4

262.2

November

335.8

260.1

2006

332.0

254.9

December

333.6

259.0

Analysis:

This chart, produced by Antwerp’s Diamond High Council, looks at diamond prices based on a baseline of 100.

From looking at this chart, we see several things: The overall price index of one-caraters and half-caraters did not increase from the first six months of 2005 as opposed to the first six months of 2006. Half-caraters seemed especially to go down.

This is surprising — since these are the "bread and butter" of our industry. This chart does not consider stones of larger than a carat and a half — which went up in price.

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