PRICES OF PINK AND BLUE DIAMONDS RISE IN Q3 2018
The recently published Fancy Color Diamond Index shows that in the third quarter of 2018, prices of fancy color blue and pink diamonds rose by 0.7% and 0.4% respectively in all sizes and saturation levels when compared to Q2 2018. When compared to Q3 2017, the index rose 0.4%; blue prices were up 5.9% and yellow and pink prices down by 1.6% and 0.5%, respectively.
According to the Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF), “overall fancy color diamond prices showed no significant change and increased by only 0.1%”. The only decrease was in yellow fancy color diamonds (-1%). The biggest increase was for Fancy vivid blue diamonds, which rose 8.5% in the past 12 months and 1.1% in Q3 2018. In the 1-carat category, prices of pink diamonds remained stable, blue diamonds rose 4.7%, yellow diamonds fell by 2.2%, and intense yellow 1 carat diamond prices rose 1.1%.
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 in their general turnover, these traders slightly lower the prices of yellows”.