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THE FANCY COLORED DIAMOND DECADE, AS AVERAGE VALUE RISES BY 77 PERCENT

The past decade was a good one for those who invested in fancy colored diamonds. According to Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF), which last week published an analysis of the Fancy Color Diamond Index (FCDI) in 2019 and over the last decade. During the years 2010 to 2019 the general index showed a steady market price increase of 77 percent.

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THE RISE OF THE MICROBRAND: HOW THE MINNOWS MAY SWIM WITH THE WHALES

On February 3, 2020, the shareholders of Tiffany & Co. made official what had already been announced on November 24 last year, as they voted in favor of a takeover by the luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton for $16.2 billion, or $135 per share in cash. And so, America’s most iconic diamond jewelry brand came under the umbrella of a group that already owns names like Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Celine and Bulgari.

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LUXURY MARKETS RATTLED BY CORONAVIRUS IN CHINA

The coranavirus, the epidemic which at time of writing is largely contained to China but has already traveled to a number countries on all five continents, is rattling the luxury product markets. Comparable to the SARS epidemic that first struck in the same part of the world in 2003 and 2004, its global economic effects are likely to be larger because China’s share of the global economy is considerably bigger today, and also because economies are much more interlinked than they were 17 years ago.

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HIGH-END SWISS DIAMOND JEWELRY COMPANY GOES BELLY UP AS ONE OF AFRICA’S WEALTHIEST COUPLES FACE GRAFT CHARGES

Within the most exclusive echelons of diamond jewelry collectors the name De Grisogono was something of an enigma. A Geneva-based jewelry house, it had been founded in 1993 by former Bulgari executive, Fawaz Gruosi, an Italian of Lebanese origin. At the time he promised customers an offering of exclusive works of art and black-diamond jewelry. The company’s name, which is rooted in both the Latin word “Chrysogonus” and the and Greek word “Chrysogonos,” means “begotten of gold”.

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GREETING THE 2020s: THE SHIFT TO ONLINE DIAMOND SALES

A watershed moment for the diamond industry occurred on May 29, 2018, the day before the start of the JCK Show in Las Vegas. In a move that few expected, the world’s most well know rough diamond mining company announced that it was launching a fashion jewelry brand with laboratory-grown diamonds called Lightbox Jewelry. They would begin selling online that September at a fixed price of $800 per carat, which at the time was about 75 percent lower than those being charged by existing lab-grown diamond producers.

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GREETING THE 2020s: LEARNING TO LIVE WITH MAN-MADE DIAMONDS

A watershed moment for the diamond industry occurred on May 29, 2018, the day before the start of the JCK Show in Las Vegas. In a move that few expected, the world’s most well know rough diamond mining company announced that it was launching a fashion jewelry brand with laboratory-grown diamonds called Lightbox Jewelry. They would begin selling online that September at a fixed price of $800 per carat, which at the time was about 75 percent lower than those being charged by existing lab-grown diamond producers.

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GREETING THE 2020s: AS DEMOGRAPHICS SHIFT, SO DO CONSUMER PRINCIPLES

The massive growth of the diamond market that occurred largely during the second half of the 20th Century, in the years following World War !!, was led by three generations of Western buyers, which today are known largely as the Great Generation, comprising individuals who fought or were married to soldiers who were involved in the Second World War; the Baby Boomers, who born during the economic boom period of 1950 and 1960s, and Generation X, which came into its own during the 1970s and 1980s.

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