|Antwerp skyline with diamond|
Antwerp exported 617,783 carats of polished diamonds last month, earning $1,331,401,437. These figures represented a drop of 15.51% in the number of carats sold and an 18.87% drop in their total dollar value. A marked increase in the average per-carat price was noted, with the cost of exported polished diamonds rising from $1,536 in August to $2,155 in September.
Fewer polished diamonds were imported into Belgium, as well – 21.52% less by volume and 22.97% less by value, year-over-year.
Exports of rough diamonds experienced a modest increase of 8.2% in terms of their value but a significant increase of 67.61% in terms of their volume. Rough diamond imports increase by 4.57% by value and 2.09% by volume in September, according to Diamond World.