While the pandemic brought about an unprecedented shock to the whole diamond value chain in 2020, in a way it may also have acted as a catharsis of sorts for an industry that has been struggling to regain footing in recent years, in part due to a misalignment of supply and demand.
The luxury goods market in mainland China saw a significant boost in consumer spending in 2020, due to a reduction in international travel creating an exponential boost in domestic spending, according to a research report from Bain & Company.
The Rapaport News team looks back at a tumultuous year in our final podcast of 2020, highlighting the most significant stories and trends that shaped our industry.
New York City’s Diamond District was once again in the spotlight.
After such an unusual year, the last thing we need is another 2020 wrap-up or a 2021 prediction. Instead, I will share what I see happening right now in the most significant place for the diamond industry: US retail sales.
Unfortunately, many businesses did not survive this challenging year. There are a lot of lessons here for everyone in the diamond pipeline and the jewelry industry – lessons that hold true for most businesses no matter what they are.
After 8 years spent at the Maison of Rubel & Ménasché, Géraldine Sakon, Managing Director, will fly away towards new horizons. With much passion and energy, Géraldine contributed to bringing the diamantaire into a new era, resolutely ambitious and anchored in a diamond industry looking ahead to a sustainable future.
The diamond market started the year on a high note before the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc beginning March.
Diamond market sentiment improved in November amid rising expectations for the holiday season. A recovery in China and robust sales during India’s Diwali festival also lifted the mood.
De Beers has pledged to provide the origin and impact of all its diamonds by 2030 as part of a plethora of sustainability goals it has set out for the coming decade.
Diamond supply to the US comes from all over the world. As the world’s largest diamond consumer market, the US is the country that imports the most diamonds – more than $400 billion worth of polished diamonds in the last 30 years.
Press release – De Beers Group’s latest Diamond Insight ‘Flash’ Report highlights US jewellers have noted increased rates of couples getting engaged during the pandemic.