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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.

 

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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.

FCDI Q3 2018

Slight Increase in Prices of Blue and Pink Diamonds in Q3 2018  

New York, October 24, 2018:  The Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF) reported today that in Q3 2018, overall fancy color diamond prices showed no significant change and increased by only 0.1%. However, the FCRF’s Index indicates an increase of 0.4% and 0.7% for pink and blue diamonds, respectively, in all sizes and saturation levels, which were offset by a decrease of 1.0% in the prices of yellow fancy color diamonds.

In Q3 2018, fancy color diamonds’ prices in all colors and sizes decreased by 0.7%, whereas the intense and vivid category increased by 0.5%.  

Fancy vivid blue diamonds continued to outperform, rising 8.5% in the past 12 months and 1.1% in Q3 2018.

A distinctive difference in price trends can be seen in the 1 carat category; pink diamonds remain stable, blue diamonds increased by 4.7%, yellow diamonds decrease by 2.2%, while intense yellow 1 carat increased by 1.1%.

On a year-to-year basis, when compared to Q3 2017, the Fancy Color Diamond Index increased by 0.4%, with blue prices up 5.9% and yellow and pink prices down by 1.6% and 0.5%, respectively.

Category Q3/18 vs. Q2/18 Q3/18 vs. Q3/17
All fancy color diamonds 0.1% 0.4%
All yellow fancy color diamonds (1.0%) (1.6%)
All pink fancy color diamonds (0.4%) (0.5%)
All blue fancy color diamonds 0.7% 5.9%

FCRF Advisory Board member Eden Rachminov said, “In my opinion, the price of fancy yellow is influenced by the general mood of many diamond traders that carry a mixed inventory of colorless and yellows. Due to the slowdown in the colorless business and to compensate on their general turnover, these traders slightly lower the prices of yellows”.

 

FCDI Q2 2018

Continued stability in fancy color prices in Q2 2018
Prices of yellow diamonds increased slightly after 4 years of downward trend

New York, August 6, 2018:  Fancy color diamond prices showed no significant change in the second quarter of 2018, the Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF) reported today.  FCRF’s Fancy Color Diamond Index indicated an overall rise of 0.1% in Q2 2018 for yellow, pink and blue fancy color diamonds, in all sizes and saturations. However, after having gradually decreased over the past 4 years, prices of yellow fancy color diamonds increased by 0.2% in Q2 2018, with fancy intense yellow outperforming all other saturation categories.

The prices of blue fancy color diamonds increased by 1.5% during Q2 2018, continuing the trend over the past 2 years. Prices of 2 carat fancy pink, 1 carat intense pink, and 3 carat vivid pink increased by 2% in this quarter, while the pink category as a whole decreased by 0.5%.

In Q2 2018, throughout all colors the prices of 1 – 3 carat stones increased, while prices of 3 carats and above slightly decreased.

On a year-to-year basis, when compared to Q2 2017, the Fancy Color Diamond Index increased by 0.5%, with blue prices up 5.7% and yellow and pink prices down by 0.7% and 0.6%, respectively.

Category Q2/18 vs. Q1/18 Q2/18 vs. Q2/17
All fancy color diamonds 0.1% 0.5%
All yellow fancy color diamonds 0.2% (0.7%)
All pink fancy color diamonds (0.5%) (0.6%)
All blue fancy color diamonds 1.5% 5.7%

FCRF Advisory Board member Jim Pounds said: ”The demand for the 1 – 3 carat weight category remains positive as they are relatively more affordable in their total amount, compared to 3 carats and above. However, larger exceptional yellows continue to command strong 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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