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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. For a complete data analysis, please visit www.fcresearch.org

 

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”.

 

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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. For a complete data analysis, please visit www.fcresearch.org

 

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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Q1 2018

Yellow diamond Prices stabilize while Blue Diamond prices continue to rise moderately in Q1 2018

New York, May 11th, 2018:  The Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF) reported today that in the first quarter of 2018 fancy color diamond prices showed stability across all fancy color diamond categories.

The Fancy Color Diamond Index (FCDI) indicates an overall rise of 0.1% in Q1 2018 for yellow, pink and blue fancy color diamonds, across all sizes and saturations. Continuing their trend from 2017, prices of blue fancy color diamonds in Q1 2018 increased by 1.0%, with fancy intense and fancy vivid blues outperforming. During the same period, both yellow and pink fancy color diamond prices slightly declined by 0.1%. As a reminder, in Q4 2017 the prices of yellow and pink declined by 0.6% and 0.4%, respectively.

 

Interestingly, in Q1 2018 the 2 carat vivid pink and blue diamonds showed the highest rate of appreciation in their respective color categories.

 

On a year-on-year basis, when compared to Q1 2017, the Fancy Color Diamond Index increased by 0.1%, with blue prices up 5.0% and yellow and pink prices down by 1.7% and 0.6%, respectively.



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According to IDEX price index, colorless diamonds raised by 1.6%  in Q1 2018.

 

Category Q1/18 vs. Q4/17 Q1/18 vs. Q1/17
All fancy color diamonds 0.1% 0.1%
All yellow fancy color diamonds (0.1%) (1.7%)
All pink fancy color diamonds (0.1%) (0.6%)
All blue fancy color diamonds 1.0% 5.0%

 


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

 


FCRF Advisory Board member
Ishaia Gol: “In the past 12 months or so prices of rare fancy color diamonds between 0.30 to 0.70 carat have increased much more than large fancy color diamonds due to the relatively smaller total amount per stone”.

 

Q4 2017

Fancy color diamond price index slightly up in Q4 2017

 

Blue diamond prices continue to appreciate

 

New York, February 1st, 2018:  According to The Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF), the fourth quarter of 2017 saw a slight rise in fancy color diamond prices over the previous quarter. There were significant increases in prices of fancy blue diamonds, offset by continued softness in fancy yellow diamonds and stagnation in fancy pink diamond prices.

 

The Fancy Color Diamond Index in Q4 2017 indicates an overall rise of 0.1% over Q3 2017 for fancy yellow, pink and blue diamonds, in all sizes and saturations. Continuing the trend throughout 2017, prices of fancy blue color diamonds in Q4 increased 2.6%, with fancy intense and fancy vivid blues performing best, especially in the 1ct and 5ct categories. During the same period, fancy pink and yellow diamond prices declined slightly by 0.4% and 0.6%, respectively. For the fancy yellow color category, the overall 2017 results indicate stabilization following a 2016 decline of 4.0%.

 

On a year-on-year basis, when compared to Q4 2016, the Fancy Color Diamond Index increased by 0.1%, with fancy blue prices up 5.9% and fancy yellow and pink prices down by 1.8% and 0.8%, respectively.

 

In Q4, white diamonds performed relatively better than fancy colored diamonds, with the RAPI™ showing prices of 0.3ct, 0.5ct and 1ct diamonds rising in December 2017 over the first three quarters of 2017.

 

Category Q4/17 vs. Q3/17 Q4/17 vs. Q4/16
All fancy color diamonds 0.1% 0.1%
All yellow fancy color diamonds (0.6%) (1.8%)
All pink fancy color diamonds (0.4%) (0.8%)
All blue fancy color diamonds 2.6% 5.9%

 

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

 

FCRF Advisory Board chairman Eden Rachminov said:  “We are seeing a stagnant supply picture of important pink and blue fancy color diamonds. Rare pinks and blues are very hard to come by and continue to command significant premiums. After more than 18 months, we are starting to see some price stability in commercial yellow fancy color diamonds, in line with the performance of white diamonds, driven by lower availability”.

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