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> October 2020
Commentary: Out of the eight large-scale commercial diamond mines globally whose operations remain suspended related to the pandemic and subsequent market conditions, two have committed to resume production by year-end, in addition, Dominion Diamond expects to close a restructuring deal in November which could enable the world-class Ekati mine to restart production as well.
Company updates: Gem Diamonds, Signet Jewelers and Tiffany & Co.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough price analysis by size, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis, mid-stream inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: September 30, 2020

> September 2020
Commentary: The impact of the pandemic has led to a continuation of a multi-year down-trend in diamond prices, but the situation has also acted as a catalyst to expedite pre-existing supply trends that should be fundamentally supportive of prices in the medium and longer-term.
Company updates: ALROSA, Lucara Diamond, RJK Explorations and Tiffany & Co.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough price analysis by size, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis, mid-stream inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: August 30, 2020

> August 2020
Commentary: Concerns around currency debasement and asset inflation driven by unprecedented economic stimulus in the U.S. in response to the pandemic could be supportive of nominal diamond prices.
Company updates: De Beers, Newfield Resources, Golden Share Resources and Chow Tai Fook.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough price analysis by size, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis, mid-stream inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: July 30, 2020

> July 2020
Commentary: The diamond industry continues to reopen post-global lockdown in what feels like a “two steps forward, one step back” process.
Company updates: ALROSA, North Arrow Minerals, Tiffany & Co. and Signet Jewelers.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough price analysis by size, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis, mid-stream inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: June 30, 2020

> June 2020
Commentary: India’s mid-stream businesses begin to gradually reopen after a multi-month shutdown, but a proposed moratorium on rough diamond imports could further hinder what has been a debilitated industry-wide supply chain since March.
Company updates: Lucara Diamond, Mountain Province Diamonds and Richemont.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough price analysis by size, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis, mid-stream inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: May 31, 2020

> May 2020
Commentary: The world’s third largest diamond producer by value, privately-held Dominion Diamond, filed for insolvency protection in Canadian provincial court.
Company updates: Lucara Diamond, Petra Diamonds, Chow Sang Sang and LVMH.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough price analysis by size, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis, mid-stream inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: April 30, 2020

> April 2020
Commentary: The Covid-19 pandemic has rendered the global diamond supply chain frozen, updated diamond supply and demand forecasts for 2020 and EHR Resources makes a foray into diamond exploration in a counter-trend move. 
Company updates: Mountain Province Diamonds, Lucapa Diamond, Signet Jewelers and Chow Tai Fook.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough price analysis by size, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis, mid-stream inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: March 31, 2020

> March 2020
Commentary: China’s largest jewelers temporarily close up to three-quarters of stores as mandated by local governments and shopping malls bringing all but necessary commerce to a standstill as the region battles the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Company updates: De Beers, Lucara Diamond, Firestone Diamonds and Star Diamond.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough price analysis by size, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis, mid-stream inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: February 29, 2020


> February 2020
Commentary: The major Greater China jewelers plan to permanently close some unprofitable stores in Hong Kong but continue to open new stores in the Mainland at a record pace. 
Company updates: Petra Diamonds, Signet Jewelers, Chow Tai Fook, Luk Fook Hlds and LVMH.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough price analysis by size, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis, mid-stream inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: February 1, 2020

> January 2020
Commentary: The Luaxe project in Angola could produce as much as 8 million carats as early as 2026 but even that would only take global production to 130 million carats which would still be down considerably from recent levels. 
Company updates: De Beers, Petra Diamonds and Signet Jewelers.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough price analysis by size, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis, mid-stream inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: January 1, 2020

> December 2019
Commentary: ALROSA cuts 2020 production guidance and Swiss technology company Synova launches automated diamond cutting machine using water-guided lasers.
Company updates: Lucara Diamond, Gem Diamonds, Star Diamond and Tiffany & Co.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough price analysis by size, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis, mid-stream inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: December 3, 2019

> November 2019
Commentary: Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement and the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China are gravely impacting jewelry sales in the region.
Company updates: ALROSA, Mountain Province Diamonds, Firestone Diamonds, Lithoquest Diamonds, Tiffany & Co. and Chow Tai Fook. 
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough price analysis by size, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis, mid-stream inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: October 30, 2019

> October 2019
Commentary: Diamonds and jewelry imported into the U.S. from China will be subject to a 15% tariff effective September 2019 and ALROSA to market the company’s strongest fluorescent diamonds as “Luminous Diamonds.”
Company updates: Petra Diamonds, Stornoway Diamond and Signet Jewelers.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: October 1, 2019

> September 2019
Commentary: The major diamond miners strategically reduce supply to market and the multi-quarter stretch of mid-stream excess inventory deleveraging appears to be tapering. 
Company updates: ALROSA, Lucara Diamond, Gem Diamonds, Tiffany & Co. and Chow Tai Fook. 
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: September 1, 2019

> August 2019
Commentary: Action recently taken by De Beers to stabilize the diamond market serves as an important reminder that the industry remains proactive in protecting itself.
Company updates: De Beers, Mountain Province Diamonds, Petra Diamonds, Lucapa Diamond, Stornoway Diamond, Tsodilo Resources and LVMH.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: August 4, 2019

> July 2019
Commentary: The diamond market has not recovered in Q2 2019 following a lackluster Q1 on the heels of a disappointing 2018 holiday shopping season and Diamond Standard launches the “world’s first fungible diamond commodity” to unlock the investability potential of diamonds. 
Company updates: De Beers, ALROSA, Newfield Resources and Lithoquest Diamonds. 
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: July 29, 2019

> June 2019
Commentary: Greater China’s Chow Tai Fook continues to aggressively expand with new store openings and the implication of U.S-China trade hostility on the diamond industry. 
Company updates: Lucara Diamond, Mountain Province Diamonds, Gem Diamonds, Stornoway Diamond, Star Diamond, North Arrow Minerals, Tiffany & Co. and Signet Jewelers.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: June 8, 2019

> May 2019
Commentary: De Beers finally introduces a diamond provenance strategy and a look at other industry source transparency initiatives. 
Company updates: ALROSA, Petra Diamonds, Mountain Province Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook. 
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: May 5, 2019

> April 2019
Commentary: Up to 2 million carats of Luaxe trial mining production is possible as early as 2022 and global diamond jewelry demand is expected to grow in 2019 albeit at a moderate rate. 
Company updates: ALROSA, Mountain Province Diamonds, Stornoway Diamond, Firestone Diamonds, Tiffany & Co., Signet Jewelers and Chow Sang Sang.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: April 7, 2019

> March 2019
Commentary: 2018 global diamond demand year in review and trend tracking.
Company updates: De Beers, Lucara Diamond, Gem Diamonds, Lucapa Diamond and Signet Jewelers. 
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: March 5, 2019


> February 2019
Commentary: Demand for smaller sizes of rough continues to be weak relative to medium and larger sizes as new mine supply floods the pipeline, manufacturer buying power dries up and Chinese HPHT lab-created diamond production exacerbates oversupply of the category. 
Company updates: Rio Tinto, Lucara Diamond, Petra Diamonds, Firestone Diamonds, Tsodilo Resources, Tiffany & Co., LVMH, Signet Jewelers and Chow Tai Fook. 
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: February 5, 2019

> January 2019
Commentary: Review of upstream diamond sales and like-for-like rough prices in 2018 and U.S. lab-diamond producer Diamond Foundry says they will be raising prices in 2019 despite evidence that prices are declining elsewhere. 
Company updates: De Beers and ALROSA.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: January 7, 2019

> December 2018
Commentary: Updated review of global diamond supply and the impact of Victor, Voorspoed, Jubliee, Mir, Argyle and Ekati on the future supply picture. 
Company updates: Mountain Province Diamonds, Stornoway Diamonds, Diamcor Mining, Newfield Resources, Tiffany & Co., Signet Jewelers and Richemont.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: December 10, 2018 

> November 2018
Commentary: Russia’s ALROSA commenced commercial production at the company’s newest mine Verkhne-Munskoye leaving Luaxe, in Angola, as the only major diamond project in development globally. 
Company updates: ALROSA, Lucara Diamond, Firestone Diamonds, North Arrow Minerals, Chow Tai Fook and LVMH. 
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: November 15, 2018

> October 2018
Commentary: Canadian royalty company Altius Minerals spins out its Lynx Diamond Project in Manitoba into a new company called Adia Resources and multiple Lightbox products sell out just weeks after debuting.   
Company updates: ALROSA, Petra Diamonds, Stornoway Diamonds, Lucapa Diamond, Lithoquest Diamonds and Five Star Diamonds.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: October 9, 2018 

> September 2018
Commentary: An analysis of factors driving rough diamond prices and why emerging market economies have been under pressure in recent months as currency crises in Argentina, Turkey, South Africa and Indonesia persist. 
Company updates: ALROSA, Mountain Province Diamonds, Gem Diamonds, Diamcor Mining, Tiffany & Co., Signet Jewelers and Chow Sang Sang.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: September 10, 2018

> August 2018
Commentary: De Beers makes a bid for Peregrine diamonds targeting the company’s Chidliak project in the Nunavut Territories of Canada and the impact of the alleged Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi fraud on the mid-steam segment of the industry. 
Company updates: De Beers, ALROSA, Petra Diamonds, Rio Tinto, Firestone Diamonds, Tsodilo Resources, Dunnedin Ventures, Chow Tai Fook and LVMH.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: August 8, 2018

> July 2018
Commentary: ALROSA suspends deep-mine construction at the International mine as a safety precaution and China’s stock market falls over 20% from the high’s reached earlier in the year as the economy grapples with a government induced plan to curb an overleveraged consumer while at the same time attempting to maintain economic growth in an environment of rising oil prices and trade pressure from the U.S.
Company updates: ALROSA, Petra Diamonds, Stornoway Diamonds, Lucapa Diamond and North Arrow Minerals.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: July 11, 2018

> June 2018
Commentary: De Beers to expand Element-Six lab-diamond production operations with a new 500,000-carat per-year production facility in the western-U.S. to supply Lightbox and Tiffany and Signet stocks rally double-digits as fiscal Q1 results beat expectations. 
Company updates: ALROSA, Petra Diamonds, Stornoway Diamonds, Peregrine Diamonds, Tiffany & Co. and Signet Jewelers.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: June 10, 2018

> May 2018
Commentary: Weak diamond prices in recent years has led to few new development projects and De Beers surprises with debut of Lightbox, a lab-diamond jewelry subsidiary. 
Company updates: De Beers, ALROSA, Petra Diamonds, Lucara Diamond, Mountain Province Diamonds, Stornoway Diamonds, Star Diamond, Tsodilo Resources, Dunnedin Ventures, Fura Gems, LVMH and Chow Tai Fook. 
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: May 14, 2018

> April 2018
Commentary: Studies are underway at De Beers to expand Jwaneng, the largest diamond mine in the world, and Signet updates restructuring progress. 
Company updates: ALROSA, Mountain Province Diamonds, Gem Diamonds, Stornoway Diamonds, Firestone Diamonds, Diamcor, Five Star Diamonds, North Arrow Minerals, Lithoquest Diamonds, Pangolin Diamonds, Tiffany & Co., Signet Jewelers and Chow Sang Sang. 
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, man-made diamond versus natural price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: April 11, 2018

> March 2018
Commentary: Rio Tinto cuts Argyle’s reserve base, a pending industry supply gap is emerging in 2021/2022 and Indian jewelry magnets Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi are being investigated by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation for using fraudulent Punjab National Bank letters of undertaking.
Company updates: De Beers, Lucara Diamond, Peregrine Diamonds, North Arrow Minerals, Dunnedin Ventures and Lithoquest Diamonds.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: March 12, 2018


> February 2018
Commentary: Mountain Province acquires of Kennady Diamonds and lab-grown diamond retailer Vrai & Oro closes only physical location after being open for less than a year. 
Company updates: ALROSA, De Beers, Petra Diamonds, Rio Tinto, Mountain Province Diamonds, Gem Diamonds, Lucapa Diamond, Star Diamond, Stellar Diamonds and Luk Fook Hlds.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: February 16, 2018

> January 2018
Commentary: 2018 supply forecast, ALROSA’s product mix quality decreases and preliminary 2017 retail holiday season results. 
Company updates: ALROSA, De Beers, Stornoway Diamonds, Lucapa Diamond, Shore Gold, Tsodilo Resources, Signet Jewelers, Chow Tai Fook and Richemont.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: January 15, 2018

> December 2017
Commentary: 2017 supply increases due to the commencement of production at three new mines, excess inventory shifts from the miners to the mid-stream segment and Signet disappoints with fiscal Q3 2017 results. 
Company updates: ALROSA, De Beers, Lucara Diamond, Mountain Province Diamonds, Firestone Diamonds, Lucapa Diamond, Trans Hex, Peregrine Diamonds, Five Star Diamonds, North Arrow Minerals, Dunnedin Ventures, Crystal Exploration, Tiffany & Co., Signet Jewelers, Chow Tai Fook and Luk Fook Hlds.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast. 
Date published: December 11, 2017

> November 2017
Commentary: De Beers to close the Victor mine and put Damtshaa back into production, Indian manufactures extend Diwali closure period due to weak conditions and Chow Tai Fook increased rate of new store openings. 
Company updates: De Beers, ALROSA, Lucara Diamond, Dominion Diamond, Rio Tinto, Mountain Province Diamonds, Petra Diamonds, Gem Diamonds, Firestone Diamonds, Lucapa Diamond, Tsodilo Resources, North Arrow Minerals and Chow Tai Fook. 
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: November 10, 2017

> October 2017
Commentary: Zimbabwe Consolidated Mining Company purchased equipment for conglomerate mining at Marange, mid-stream demand softness and Chinese luxury spending is back on the rise.
Company updates: ALROSA, De Beers, Lucara Diamond, Dominion Diamond, Rio Tinto, Mountain Province Diamonds, Stornoway Diamonds, Petra Diamonds, Firestone Diamonds, Lucapa Diamond, Kennady Diamonds, Shore Gold, Five Star Diamonds, Stellar Diamonds, Richemont, Signet Jewelers and LVMH.
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: October 16, 2017

> September 2017
Commentary: Analysis of global production outlook for 2017, expectations for a more subdued 2017 holiday shopping season in the U.S. and Chinese consumer confidence is the highest since 1996.
Company updates: De Beers, ALROSA, Lucara Diamond, Dominion Diamond, Rio Tinto, Mountain Province Diamonds, Stornoway Diamonds, Petra Diamonds, Firestone Diamonds, Gem Diamonds, Kennady Diamonds, Peregrine Diamonds, North Arrow Minerals, Tiffany & Co., Signet Jewelers and Chow Tai Fook. 
Data: Rough versus polished price analysis, rough diamond sales analysis, upstream excess inventory analysis and global diamond supply/demand forecast.
Date published: September 18, 2017


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