The rough diamond market has this year started off “very well” as high demand has seen prices go up in January, according to Lucapa Diamond chief executive Stephen Wetherall.
De Beers’ rough diamond sales for the first sales cycle of 2018 was provisionally capped at $665-million, while Alrosa sold rough diamonds for $499-million in January.
“I think if you look at the sales of other producers they are also quite upbeat of what they have achieved, so I think as we normally expect in a diamond industry, we see January and February being stronger pricing environments and demand environments,” he told Rough & Polished earlier this month.
“So I think the year started off the same way, it always does very, very strongly.”
Wetherall also said, although it was hard to predict the future of a diamond market due to its volatility, he was anticipating the high-end diamond market to remain stable by the end of the year.
He, however, said that the low-end diamond market had been under pressure.
“It just seems to be with regards to the stocking environment [and] when there seems to be a low stock you get demand from the Indian diamantaires and that pulls the prices back up,” he said.
“But as you know we are operating in the high-end it’s been pretty robust, demand is very, very good so we haven’t seen that much pricing pressure.”