Another Month of Decline for India’s Diamond Exports

A diamond in a polishing factory

India’s exports of polished diamonds suffered a further drop in May, down by almost 15 per cent to $1.47bn.

But the year-on-year rate of decline shows some signs of slowing, according to new figures from the GJEPC (Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council).

It fell 20 per cent in January, 28 per cent in February, 27 per cent in March and 17 per cent in April.

Diamonds are faring significantly less well than India’s overall gems and jewelry sector, which saw revenue for April slip by 6 per cent to $2.48bn.

Manufacturers bought more diamonds year-on-year in April and May (up almost 2 per cent by volume) but the price slump means imports are down almost 10 per cent by value are down by almost 10 per cent to $2.39bn.

Source: IDEX