IDEX Online Research: Polished Diamond Prices Soar by 5.2% in JuneJuly 03, 11
(IDEX Online News) – Global polished diamond prices rose sharply during the second half of June, and are showing no signs of a pull-back. The price increases were driven by wide consumer demand and optimism among wholesalers.
The full analysis of the polished diamond prices is available to IDEX Online Research subscribers and IDEX Online members here.
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Here are the pricing highlights for the month of June 2011 from the global polished diamond market, based on the IDEX Online Global Polished Diamond Price Index.
· The IDEX Online Global Polished Diamond Price Index averaged 138.9 in June, a record level well above any prior periods.
· The Index stood at about 145 at the end of the month, and has shown no signs of retreating.
· Polished diamond prices in June were up by 5.2% over May, based on the average prices for both months.
· Prices rose 9.1% between June 1 and June 30. At the beginning of the month, the IDEX Online Index stood at 133.6; it finished at 145.8 at the end of the month.
· Polished diamond prices in June were up 15.4% for the first six months of 2011.
· Polished diamond prices in June were up a dramatic 18.5% versus June of 2010.
The graph below summarizes polished diamond prices based on the IDEX Online Polished Diamond Price Index for the past twenty-four months.
Sourch: IDEX Online Research
Polished Diamond Price Outlook: Up, Up & Away
As long as rough diamond prices continue to rise, and as long as consumer demand remains strong, IDEX Online Research believes that polished diamond prices will continue to increase. Earlier this year, we said that we thought the price surge might moderate later in the year. There is no sign of that happening yet. However, we urge caution: price cycles are like ocean tides – they rise and they fall.
Polished diamond prices historically rise rapidly early in a recovery cycle – which began near the end of the first quarter of 2010 – and then increase at a slower pace, in line with the long term annual increase of 3-4%. We haven’t seen any moderation in the pace of price increases, but it will come one day.