Which Companies are Buying and Selling Rough Diamonds?

- May 11th, 2015

Avi Krawitz of Rapaport released a report last week that looks at the current situation of “unsustainable rough diamond prices,” noting that manufacturers have done a lot of scaling back on their operations and purchases of rough diamonds in the last half a year or so.

Avi Krawitz of Rapaport released a report last week that looks at the current situation of “unsustainable rough diamond prices,” noting that manufacturers have done a lot of scaling back on their operations and purchases of rough diamonds in the last half a year or so.

Explaining the states of the market further, he notes:

Martin Rapaport, chairman of the Rapaport Group, [has] urged the trade to prioritize the purchase of polished diamonds over rough. Rapaport called on the banks to stop financing unprofitable diamond manufacturing until polished prices rebound and profitability returns.

Still, manufacturing remains at the core of the diamond industry, employing tens of thousands of workers and providing sustenance to possibly millions of their dependents. In the long run, manufacturers require profitable rough supply to ensure continuity in their operations.

Many of the larger manufacturers argue that securing consistent long-term supply is the key to gaining that continuity. The guarantee of consistent rough supply enables manufacturers to plan their production and assure polished supply to their jewelry wholesale and retail clients who often run programs with specific needs.

Consequently, a significant proportion of rough diamond production is sold to the market via long-term contracts.

Not all diamond mining companies are able to sell their production in such a manner. Most junior and mid-size miners sell via spot auctions or tenders, whereby buyers compete for rough in a bidding process. Some also have off-take agreements with buyers who are offered first selection of the mining company’s supply at a pre-negotiated price.

Only a handful of the larger mining companies have the scale of production that enables them to guarantee a scheduled, consistent supply of rough to a set group of clients. Therefore, it’s worth noting who the major buyers of rough are in the market, who is selling to them and how.

Krawitz goes on to list the major buyers of rough diamonds. Click here to read the full article.

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