Which countries and nationalities are best represented in the global diamond market?

Which countries and nationalities are best represented in the global diamond market?

  • What did global diamond consumption used to look like?
  • How did that change over recent years?
  • How do those changes influence the market?

To buy diamonds is to make a smart investment for a diverse portfolio thanks to the lucrative supply and demand ratio. Have you wondered where that demand originates? Where does it continue to grow and why?

What did global diamond consumption used to look like?

The diamond market as it is today came into being throughout the 1940’s thanks to the world famous De Beers marketing campaign. Their multidisciplinary approach combined memorable slogans with presentations about diamond engagement rings across schools, populistic news segments about celebrities and their diamonds, and much more. To buy diamonds was to become a member of a very exclusive club. The cross-channel promotion transformed the diamond market in a matter of years. The US in particular responded heavily to the campaign and boosted global diamond sales exponentially.

The campaign’s enormous success was strikingly reflected in the numbers: De Beers grew from $23 million in diamond sales in 1939 to $2,1 billion in 1979.

How did that change over recent years?

Although the diamond market heavily evolved since then, the US stayed the largest diamond consumer worldwide. In recent years, the nation has even been responsible for roughly half of global diamond sales. The largest changes in the market were under the influence of growing economies, such as those of the BRIC nations, where the growing middle classes cause a surge in the consumption of luxury goods.  Especially Asian countries saw an exponential rise in diamond consumption. Hong Kong, Mumbai and Singapore in particular have become very active members of the diamond market.

In Singapore, particularly investment purposes are high up the list of reasons to buy diamonds. India and China buy diamond jewellery more than they do investments. By 2020 both countries are even expected to surpass the US when it comes to diamond jewellery consumption.

How do those changes influence the market?

Even though the diamond market flourished in recent years, especially due to the economic crisis of 2008, the influence of growing economies brings about very influential growth. It widens the gap between supply and demand, especially since many diamond mines are expected to dry out in the near future. Although new possibilities of mining diamonds are continuously explored, diamond prices are expected to steadily rise over the next few years. 

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Author: Inge de Wee
Source: BAUNAT

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