News: Diamond market quiet as trading tapers off for the holidays. Major dealers satisfied with season. Jewelers facing competition from general retailers that are discounting to offload excess inventory as consumers shift to lower price points. Economic caution fueling uncertainty about 2023. Covid-19 outbreak in China shaking confidence ahead of Lunar New Year (Jan. 22). Some concerned about post-holiday restocking; few fresh goods available since cutters lowered polished production. Indian suppliers keeping prices firm for 0.30 ct., D-F, IF-VVS certified goods. De Beers Dec. sight +22% to $410M, estimated 2022 rough sales +20% to $5.8B. Rapaport wishes everyone happy holidays.
Fancies: Fashion driving demand for elongated Ovals, Emeralds and Radiants. Goods with medium and short ratios are weak and declining in value. Slow market for 0.30 to 1.20 ct. diamonds. 1.25 ct. and larger, F-J, VS-SI categories stable. Supply shortages of well-cut fancies supporting prices. Oval is leading shape, followed by Radiant, Emerald, Pear, Cushion and Marquise. Retailers offering broader product ranges as consumers seek alternative cuts. Excellent shapes commanding premiums. Oversizes trading at higher prices than usual. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.