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Design is the key to all markets

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Mutual mass destruction will not serve anybody’s purposes

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Pavel Sokolov: Every stone has its beauty

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Fancy Color Diamond price index shows stability in Q4 2018; presented an overall increase by 0.2% in 2018

06 february 2019

The Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF) reported that in Q4 2018 Fancy Color Diamond prices showed stability across all sizes and saturation.

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As per the report, The Fancy Color Diamond Index (FCDI) indicates that in Q4 prices of Blue Fancy Color Diamonds increased by 0.8 %, and Fancy Intense Blues increased by 1.9%. Pink diamond prices remained stable, while 2 carat Pink diamonds carat category rose by 1.1%, led by Fancy Vivid Pink that rose by 2.1% and 10 carat Fancy Pink decreased by 0.8%. In the same period, Yellow Fancy Color diamonds showed a general decrease by 1.5%, with an increase by 1.2% in Fancy Vivid Yellow 5 carat category.
On a yearly basis, in 2018 the Fancy Color Diamond Index increased by 0.2%, with Blue prices up by 4.1% (1 to 1.5 carat up by 9.1%), Yellow prices down by 2.1% (Fancy Yellow decreased by 3.9%) and Pink prices remained stable.
Interestingly in 2018 all Fancy Intense and Fancy Vivid diamonds increased by 0.7% and 1.5%, respectively, while the ‘Fancy’ category decreased by 1.4%.
Jim Pounds, FCRF Advisory Board member, said, “In the last three years we witnessed a substantial amount of vivid yellows coming to market, mainly from the ‘Misery’ Pipe at the Ekati mine in Canada. However as the mine transitions from open pit mining to underground, a substantially reduced amount of stones will be available during 2019. Therefore we anticipate a slight increase in vivid yellow prices.”

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished