Surat : Lab-Grown Diamond Market in Turmoil Ahead of US Christmas Season
The Rapaport Group, renowned for its massive online diamond trading network 'RapNet', issued a cautionary note to consumers ahead of the upcoming Christmas festival season in the United States. Their alert focuses on the stark contrast in pricing between lab-grown diamonds and natural diamonds, signaling a drastic drop in the value of synthetic diamonds.
Surat : Surat, the epicenter of lab-grown diamonds (LGDs), is facing a significant setback as the synthetic diamond industry grapples with plummeting prices, sparking concerns and warnings among consumers from the influential Rapaport Group.
The Rapaport Group, renowned for its massive online diamond trading network ‘RapNet’, issued a cautionary note to consumers ahead of the upcoming Christmas festival season in the United States. Their alert focuses on the stark contrast in pricing between lab-grown diamonds and natural diamonds, signaling a drastic drop in the value of synthetic diamonds.
Surat has cemented its position as the global hub for LGD manufacturing, housing major players like Green Lab, Diyora Bhanderi Corporation, and other prominent suppliers. However, despite its prominence, the industry is grappling with a pricing crisis.
A recent high-profile exchange involving Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifting a 7.5-carat LGD diamond, manufactured at the Green Lab facility in Surat, to the US First Lady, Jill Biden, has highlighted the city’s significance in this market.
The Rapaport Group spotlighted a jarring price disparity in the market. For instance, while Walmart offers a 3-carat synthetic diamond solitaire ring for $2,975, Signet’s Blue Nile sells a similar ring for a staggering $8,190—a 275% difference for identical products.
This pricing anomaly has stirred controversy, with concerns raised about consumers potentially overpaying for synthetic diamonds. Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group, emphasized the risk of consumers being misled, as synthetic diamond prices nosedive due to their abundant supply.
“Consumers must be careful when buying synthetic diamonds. There is a high likelihood they may overpay as synthetic prices are crashing. Some jewelers are promoting the sale of synthetic diamonds as a replacement for natural diamonds because it allows them to make windfall profits. Synthetic diamonds are not real diamonds. They do not retain value,” said Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group.
Jewelers, enticed by the substantial profit margins associated with synthetic diamonds, have been promoting them as an alternative to natural diamonds. However, the warning from the Rapaport Group emphasizes that synthetic diamonds do not retain value akin to their natural counterparts.