The Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF) reported that for the second quarter of the year the Fancy Color Diamond Index (FCDI) indicated a decrease of 0.1 percent in overall prices of fancy color diamonds. Pink diamonds continued to rise, while prices of blues and yellows declined.
Comparing this quarter to the corresponding quarter in 2018, Pink diamonds showed an upturn of 0.4 percent in for the second quarter of the year, compared to a 0.5 percent decrease for the second quarter of 2018. Yellow diamonds displayed a decline of 0.8 percent vis-a-vis the 0.2 percent increase for the second quarter of 2018. Blue diamonds showed a 0.3 percent decrease for the second quarter of 2019 compared to a 1.5 percent increase for the same quarter of the previous year.
The Pink category continued to outperform all other categories, showing an increase of 0.4 percent. All fancy vivid pinks rose by 1.3 percent, with fancy vivid pinks of two and three carats showing a rise in the second quarter of 2019, increasing by 2.8 percent and 2.6 percent respectively. However, pink diamonds of one and 1.5 carats presented a price decrease of 0.7 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively.
Blue diamond prices decreased overall by 0.3 percent, affected mainly by the decline of 0.9 percent in the weight category of 8-10 carats. All blue diamonds of 1-3 carats presented a distinct increase, with the appreciation of 2.3 percent in the 1.5 carat category, in all saturation levels. The highest rise of 4.8 percent is in the 1.5 carat fancy vivid blue.
The prices of yellow diamonds declined by 0.8 percent overall in this quarter, primarily influenced by the 1-3 carats categories, with the sharpest downturn of 2.7 percent in the one carat category. However, the fancy yellow eight carat category had a surprising upturn of 2.1 percent, compared to a 4.8 percent decrease in first quarter of 2019.
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