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De Beers raising prices.

The De Beers May sight had an estimated value of $600 million as the company raised its rough diamond ‎prices by approximately 4 percent. The price hike reflected a change in list prices on ‎various goods as well as adjustments made to De Beers box assortments. ‎

Dealers noted that trading on the secondary market was significantly reduced following the ‎sight that ended on May 9 as De Beers goods are now selling at around list price, erasing the 5 percent ‎premiums they had gained in the past few months. ‎ One India-based sightholder noted that they were losing money on the secondary ‎market when accounting for the various broker fees and other costs associated with the ‎goods.

Most sightholders were frustrated by the sight and ‎expressed surprise at the price hike as it followed an increase of approximately 3 percent ‎implemented in April. ‎ Rapaport estimates that rough prices have increased by approximately 10 percent so far ‎in 2013. In contrast, the RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI) for 1-carat certified polished diamonds has ‎increased by only 0.3 percent, while RAPI for 0.30-carat stones has risen 9 percent this year, ‎driven by strong Chinese demand for these goods. ‎

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