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FCDI Q3 2019

Blue and Pink Diamonds Show Price Stability in Q3 2019

 

New York, November 5, 2019: The Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF) reported that prices of Fancy Color diamonds in Q3 2019 largely remained stable. The Fancy Color Diamond Index (FCDI) for Q3 2019 showed a decrease of 0.5% in overall Fancy Color prices, driven by a 1.5% decline in the prices of Yellow diamonds. Prices of Blues and Pinks stood firm.

As in the past 12 months, in the third quarter, the Fancy Vivid category outperformed (0.1%) the Fancy Intense (-0.5%) and Fancy (-1.0%) categories.  

In comparison to the corresponding quarter in 2018, the Q3 FCDI indicates that the Fancy Vivid Blue 2 ct category increased by 6.9%, the Fancy Vivid Yellow 8 ct category decreased by 9.5% and the Fancy Vivid Pink 5 ct category showed an increase of 5%.

Pink
The prices of Pinks remained stable this quarter, with a mixed behavior in different categories, which resulted in a slight decrease of 0.1% overall, mainly due to a decrease of 3% in the 5 ct Fancy Pink category. However, all Fancy Vivid Pinks rose by 0.4%, with Fancy Vivid Pinks of 1 and 3 ct categories increasing by 1.6% and 1.7%, respectively. 

Blue
The Blue diamonds prices remained balanced in Q3, with a 0.1% increase. The sharpest increase in Q3 was presented by the 1.5 ct Fancy Vivid Blue category (2.1%). Over the past 12 months, the price of this category appreciated by 10.6%. Interestingly, the sharpest drop during this quarter (-2.2%) was in the 1.5 ct Fancy Intense Blue category. 

Yellow
Generally, the prices of Yellow diamonds decreased by 1.5% in the current quarter. The most distinct price decrease of 3.5% was in the 3 ct Fancy Vivid Yellow category. The only category not presenting a depreciation was the 2 ct Fancy Intense Yellow.

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Category Q3/19 vs. Q2/19 Q3/19 vs. Q3/18 
All Fancy Color Diamonds -0.5% -0.9%
All Yellow Fancy Color Diamonds -1.5% -4.9%
All Pink Fancy Color Diamonds -0.1% 0.9%
All Blue Fancy Color Diamonds 0.1% 0.5%

 

FCRF Advisory Board member Ephraim Zion said: “The civil unrest in Hong Kong has had a negative impact on the entire luxury market including diamonds and jewelry. Having said that, I’m not surprised that Fancy Color Diamonds have been more resilient and managed much better than their counterparts!”

The Fancy Color Diamond Index is published by the non-profit Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF), tracking pricing data for Yellow, Pink, and Blue fancy color diamonds in major global trading centers – Hong Kong, New York, Geneva, and Tel Aviv.

 

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FCDI Q2 2019

Pink Diamonds Outperformed Blues and Yellows

in Q2 2019

 

New York, July 29 2019: The Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF) announced today the results of the Q2 2019 Fancy Color Diamond Index (FCDI). The FCDI indicates a decrease of 0.1% in overall prices of Fancy Color Diamonds in Q2 2019. Pink diamonds continued to rise, while prices of Blues and Yellows declined.

Comparing this quarter to the corresponding quarter in 2018, Pink diamonds showed an upturn of 0.4% in Q2 2019, compared to a 0.5% decrease in Q2 2018. Yellow diamonds displayed a decline of 0.8% vis-a-vis the 0.2% increase in Q2 2018. Blue diamonds showed a 0.3% decrease in Q2 2019 compared to a 1.5% increase in the same quarter in 2018.

Pink

The Pink category continued to outperform all other categories, showing an increase of 0.4%. All Fancy Vivid Pinks rose by 1.3%, with Fancy Vivid Pinks of 2 and 3 carats showing a rise in the second quarter of 2019, increasing by 2.8% and 2.6%, respectively. However, Pink diamonds of 1 and 1.5 carats presented a price decrease of 0.7% and 0.2%, respectively.

Blue

Blue diamond prices decreased overall by 0.3%, affected mainly by the decline of 0.9% in the weight category of 8-10 carats. All Blue diamonds of 1-3 carats presented a distinct increase, with the appreciation of 2.3% in the 1.5 carat category, in all saturations levels. The highest rise of 4.8% is in the 1.5 carat Fancy Vivid Blue.

Yellow

The prices of Yellow diamonds declined by 0.8% overall in this quarter, primarily influenced by the 1-3 carats categories, with the sharpest downturn of 2.7% in the 1 carat category. However, the Fancy Yellow 8 carat category had a surprising upturn of 2.1%, compared to a 4.8% decrease in Q1 2019.

 

Category Q2/19 vs. Q1/19 Q2/19 vs. Q2/18
All Fancy Color Diamonds -0.1% -0.1%
All Yellow Fancy Color Diamonds -0.8% -4.4%
All Pink Fancy Color Diamonds 0.4% 1.5%
All Blue Fancy Color Diamonds -0.3% 1.1%

FCRF Advisory Board member Eden Rachminov said: “The recent price declines in the white goods created an overall negative psychological effect on all diamonds. This is probably the reason we also witnessed a decline of 0.1% in the Fancy Color Index. Definitely a good time to buy now…”

The Fancy Color Diamond Index is published by the non-profit Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF), tracking pricing data for Yellow, Pink, and Blue fancy color diamonds in major global trading centers – Hong Kong, New York, Geneva and Tel Aviv.

 

FCDI Q1 2019

Pink Diamonds Outperformed Blues and Yellows in Q1 2019

 

New York, May 1st, 2019:  The Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF) concluded today the results of the Q1 2019 Fancy Color Diamond Index. The overall prices decreased by 0.2% in the first quarter of 2019, influenced by a decrease in the Yellow category. Pink Diamonds increased by 0.5%, Blue Diamonds showed a very slight decrease of 0.2%, and Yellow Diamonds decreased by 1.5%.

Pink:

The Pink category in all saturation and sizes increased by 0.5%, led by the 3 and 5 ct Vivid Pink categories, which increased by an average of 3.1%. The rest of the categories showed no change in comparison to the previous quarter.

Blue:

Although the Fancy Blue 1.5 ct category showed an increase of 3.4%, and, Fancy Vivid Blue 1.5 ct category increased by 1.3%. The highest appreciation in Q1 2019 was presented by 1ct Fancy Intense Blue, which showed a rise of 3.9%.
The overall Blue segment decreased by 0.2% on average. In comparison, the fourth quarter of 2018 showed 0.8% increase in this category.

Yellow:

In Q1 2019 the Yellow segment decreased by 1.5%. However, the 1ct category in Fancy Yellow increased by 1.2% showing a recovery after decreasing by 1.6% in 2018.

Summary:

Compared to Q1 2018, the Fancy Color Diamond Index presents an increase in Blue Diamonds by 2.8% and in Pink Diamonds by 0.6%,  and a decrease in the price of Yellow Diamonds by 3.5%.

 

Category Q1/19 vs. Q4/18

3 months

Q1/18 – Q1/19

12 months

All fancy color diamonds -0.2% -0.2%
All yellow fancy color diamonds -1.5% -3.5%
All pink fancy color diamonds 0.5% 0.6%
All blue fancy color diamonds -0.2% 2.8%

 

FCRF Advisory Board member Oren Schneider said: ”At a time of diamond market uncertainty, fueled by growing white diamond inventory and the emergence of lab grown diamonds, most categories of Fancy Color diamonds are showing continued pricing stability, with the Pink segment posting slight price increases.”

The Fancy Color Diamond Index is published by the non-profit Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF), tracking pricing data for yellow, pink, and blue fancy color diamonds in three key global trading centers – Hong Kong, New York, and Tel Aviv.

 

FCDI Q4 2018

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

New York, January 31, 2019: The Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF) reported today that in Q4 2018 Fancy Color Diamond prices showed stability across all sizes and saturation.

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%.

Category Q4/18 vs. Q3/18 Q4/18 vs. Q4/17
All fancy color diamonds -0.1% 0.2%
All yellow fancy color diamonds (1.2%) (2.1%)
All pink fancy color diamonds 0.2% 0.1%
All blue fancy color diamonds 0.8% 4.1%

Jim Pounds, FCRF Advisory Board member: 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.”

The Fancy Color Diamond Index is published by the non-profit Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF), tracking pricing data for yellow, pink, and blue fancy color diamonds in three key global trading centers – Hong Kong, New York, and Tel Aviv.

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