Rapaport Auctions sells over 135,000cts of polished for $28.9 million in 1Q
(NEW YORK) - The Rapaport Melee Index (RMI™) for small diamonds decreased by 4% to 124.50 during the first quarter of 2015. Year over year the index is down 9.5% from its level of 137.60 in March 2014.
Rapaport reports polished prices declined throughout the first quarter of 2015 as retailers were largely absent from the market and diamond trading remained slow in March. Jewelry retailers refrained from their usual first quarter buying and avoided unnecessary buildup of inventory. Diamond manufacturers significantly reduced their polished production in an effort to diminish their existing polished stock, as overall demand was weak and profit margins remained slim. Furthermore, liquidity continued to be tight due to weak demand, manufacturers’ lack of profitability, and the increased self-financing of rough purchases as banks restrict and reduce credit limits.