November 13, 2019

PITY THE POOR MALTHUSIANS:

The Problem With Diamonds Is They Keep Getting Cheaper: Americans are buying more diamond jewelry than ever before, but prices for most polished gems are falling. (Thomas Biesheuvel, November 13, 2019, Bloomberg)

Five years ago, the diamond industry's biggest worry was being forgotten by millennials, who -- the theory went -- didn't covet sparkly gems the way their parents had.

The concern turned out to be mostly unfounded, but the reality is almost worse. While Americans are buying more diamond jewelry than ever before, most polished diamonds are getting steadily cheaper. The lower prices and a glut of the type of stones that go into a discount-store engagement ring or pair of earrings have pushed the global diamond trade into crisis.

Posted by at November 13, 2019 12:00 AM

  

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