Gold trends last year

For those that missed it, World Gold Council released a report a few days ago about the gold trends in 2016. World Gold Council report highlights:

  • 2016 was the second best year for ETFs on record. Global demand for gold-backed ETFs and similar products was 531.9t – the highest since 2009. Q4 saw outflows.

  • The gold price ended the year up 8%. Having risen 25% by the end of September, gold relinquished some of its gains in Q4 following Trump’s conciliatory acceptance speech and the FOMC’s interest rate rise.
  • 2016 saw a 7-year low for jewellery demand.bRising prices for much of the year, regulatory and fiscal hurdles in India and China’s softening economy were key reasons for weakness in the sector.
  • India’s shock demonetisation policy brought the market to a virtual standstill. An initial rush for gold following the policy announcement came to a swift halt in the ensuing cash crunch.

You may download the full report report here.

THE DIAMOND INSIGHT REPORT – DE BEERS 2015

The Diamond Insight Report 2015 has just been released by De Beers, with a positive starting note.

Do you agree? In its Foreword, the report starts by saying that:

The launch of The Diamond Insight Report 2014 opened up the diamond industry to a wider audience and identified trends and opportunities for the industry to fulfil its growth potential.

One of the areas highlighted in last year’s report was how the diamond sector is influenced by seasonal demand patterns and industry cycles. And, to some extent, this effect can be seen when comparing performance in 2014 with what we have seen so far in 2015.

Strong consumer sales of diamond jewellery over the end of year holiday season in 2013 led to strong pipeline restocking demand at the start of 2014 and the positive demand environment continued through most of the year.

Consumer demand reached a record high, rough diamond demand was strong and this set the industry up for a positive year.

The report is full of information, well written and designed. It’s always worth reading.

GIA’s 2015 Jewelry Trend Predictions

Jewelry trend predictions for 2015 by GIA include a revival of the 70’s design, geometric and Art Deco, an expectation that diamond and gemstone jewelry will grow on the accelerating economy (well, this is a bold assumption, at least on my side of the world) with difficult times for manufacturers, pressed by tight margins and difficult financing – no news here…

You can read all about it at their blog.

Jewelry On Display at Chanel Resort 2015 Collection in Dubai

A Stairway to Fashion

Chanel Cruise 2014/2015 Collection Chanel Cruise 2014/2015 Collection

At last we saw the Chanel Cruise 2014/2015 show in Dubai, where clothes and accessories from the collection of 2015 were meant to complement not only the traditional pearl strings and plastic bracelets , but also the fine jewelry. They were luxury watches and brooches, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and…. pearls – check out the so beautiful pieces of jewellery from the Chanel 2015 Resort.

 «Mosaïque» necklace, white gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, tsavorite, sapphires, pearls «Mosaïque» necklace, white gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, tsavorite, sapphires, pearls

Chanel Watch in diamonds Chanel Watch in diamonds

Brooch in white gold and diamonds Brooch in white gold and diamonds

Camelia watch,  white gold and diamonds Camelia watch, white gold and diamonds

Couture watch, white gold and diamonds Couture watch, white gold and diamonds

Plume brooch, white gold and diamonds Plume brooch, white gold and diamonds

Camelia watch,  white gold and diamonds Camelia watch, white gold and diamonds

Soleil brooch, white gold and diamonds Soleil brooch, white gold and diamonds

Camelia watch,  white gold and diamonds Camelia watch, white gold and diamonds

Camélia watch in white and yellow gold and diamonds Camélia watch in white and yellow gold and diamonds

Premiere Perles watch, white gold, diamonds and pearls Premiere Perles watch, white gold, diamonds and pearls

J12 Haute Joaillerie watch, white gold, diamonds, sapphires J12 Haute Joaillerie watch, white gold, diamonds…

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The smiling future of jewellery according to McKinsey & Company

Economic Geology should go outside its classical bounds of the mineral deposit, explore new paths and, at least, acknowledge what the users of the minerals we unearth are doing. Mckinsey just released a short report on the future of jewellery: A multifaceted future: The jewelry industry in 2020. For those in the gems and precious metals, it might anticipate (at least partially) the trends in mining and exploration of these resources.

It’s an interesting view with a smiling perspective; do you share it? Or will it face increasing budget competition and threat from new offers (hi tech communication, travel and exotic experience) in the new generations? Is expensive (diamond) jewellery a good hedge against economic downturns in today’s chaos? Or is it just unfashionable expensive glass?