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De Beers Foresees Slow Recovery for Diamond Market

Published: February 9, 2024
Author: Fashion Value Chain

De Beers, a major player in the diamond industry, anticipates a gradual and slow recovery for the beleaguered diamond market. Weak economic growth in key markets like China and the US has hindered the industry’s progress. Last year, De Beers and Alrosa PJSC, the two largest diamond miners, significantly reduced supplies to address a slump in prices, but it’s uncertain how eager trade buyers are to make purchases.

According to De Beers CEO Al Cook, 2024 is expected to be a year of recovery, although the upturn in diamond demand will likely be gradual rather than sudden. The diamond industry has experienced significant turbulence since the onset of the pandemic. Initially, it saw a surge in demand as consumers turned to luxury purchases like diamond jewelry while staying at home. However, demand dwindled as economies reopened, leaving many traders with excess inventory purchased at inflated prices.

Various factors contributed to the market slowdown, including rising inflation in the US, a property crisis impacting consumer confidence in China, and increased competition from lab-grown diamonds. Overall, the diamond industry faces challenges as it navigates through economic uncertainties and shifts in consumer behavior.

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