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Weekly Digest: Spectacular fancy colours, Russian experiments and highs from Hong Kong


Following a busy week of news from the international diamond and diamond jewellery industries, CARAT+ reporter, David Brough, rounds-up the biggest headline stories, including diamond trials in Russia, positive sales in Hong Kong, steps forward for HRD Antwerp and stable polished prices. 

Polished diamond market stable in March

There were relatively few price changes in March, with an equal mix of risers and decliners, IDEX Online reported. 

There were a particularly small number of changes in categories under 0.50-0.69 carats, while diamonds in the 2.00-2.99 carat, 4.00-4.99 carat and 5.00-5.99 carat categories saw more risers than decliners, it said.

Fancy diamonds also saw relatively few price changes, particularly in the smallest categories of under 0.45-0.49 carats, and larger diamonds of 4.00-4.99 carats and 5.00-5.99 carats. 

Diamonds weighing from 0.50-0.69 carats to 2.00-2.99 carats saw a clear downward trend, IDEX Online said.

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Sotheby’s New York to sell 33.25 ct. diamond necklace

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Fine Jewels sales in New York on April 18 and 19 will feature a 33.25-carat, D-flawless diamond pendant necklace with an estimate of $4-5 million, the auction house said. 

The diamond pendant necklace to be sold by Sotheby’s (Lot 67), featuring a 33.25 carat pear-shaped diamonds and a 1 carat marquise diamond. Image Credit: Sotheby’s. 

A 7.01-carat, fancy intense pink, SI2-clarity diamond ring is expected to sell for $4.2-5.2 million, and a ring with an emerald-cut, 7.37-carat, fancy intense orangy-pink, VS1 stone has been valued at $3-5 million. 

Lot 48 in the sale will be this emerald-cut, fancy intense orangy-pink diamond of 7.37 carats, set in a ring and accented by two emerald-cut diamonds, near colourless diamonds and pink diamonds. Image Credit: Sotheby’s. 

Both sales feature a wonderful array of pieces by renowned houses including Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb, Buccellati and Hemmerle, in addition to a variety of impressive white and coloured diamonds,” Sotheby’s said.

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Diamond marking experiment to be held in Russia

Russia’s government has issued a decree to carry out an experiment on marking certain types of precious metals and stones, including rough and polished diamonds, which will be held from June 1 to November 1, 2018, analyst Rough & Polished reported. 
The decree was signed in March by Russian Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev.

The experiment will be carried out to assess the effectiveness of marking precious metals, precious stones and goods containing them by legal entities and individual entrepreneurs to control their turnover, confirm their authenticity and legal origin, Rough & Polished said.

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Hong Kong jewellery sales rise on jobs, tourism growth

Sales of jewellery and other luxury goods rose in the first two months of the year in Hong Kong driven by higher visitor arrivals and growth in jobs, the Census and Statistics Department said.

The sale of luxury goods in Hong Kong rose in the first two months of 2018. Image Credit: Pexels. 

Sales of jewellery, watches, clocks and valuable gifts rose 21% to $2.1 billion (HKD 16.1 billion) in January and February, it said in a statement on April 3. 

Hong Kong’s total retail sales for January and February, which included Chinese New Year, rose a provisional 16% by value year on year, standing at $11.5 billion (HKD 90.13 billion). 

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HRD Antwerp opens jewellery grading lab in Mumbai

HRD Antwerp has announced the opening of a jewellery grading lab in the Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ) in Mumbai, established for manufacturers exporting to various international locations. 

“Our customers will have safe, reliable and easy access to our services,” said Ravi Chhabria, Managing Director of HRD Antwerp India.

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He added: “The growth potential of the jewellery market is substantial, and we expect to double our activities in a short period of time.”

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Words by David Brough

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