In India, prices of smaller diamonds are expected to drop further


Prices of small polished diamonds, also called melees, are expected to drop further in the next three, to four months as diamond manufacturers in Surat are selling off their inventories at discounts of 30 to even 40 percent to pay of loans they have taken with their local banks, The Times of India reports.

The newspaper said that banks have given their diamond manufacturing clients until the end of the month to pay off their debts. Indian banks that have been serving the diamond sector have made efforts to reduce their exposure to the Indian diamond sector, especially in the wake of the various cases of bank fraud reported during the past years. Reportedly, the collateral demanded by the banks from their diamond clients was lifted to 100 percent.

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