By Erika W.
Retail Diamond Prices Steady in March
Pricescope charted few changes in retail diamond prices for March 2012. Prices are based on vendor listings of over 450,000 diamonds in the Pricescope database. The price chart is updated monthly.
Retail Diamond Price Percentages for March 2012
0 to 0.5 ct no change
0.5 to 1.0 no change
1.0 to 2.0 ct no change
2.0 to 3.0 ct no change
3.0 to 4.0 ct down 1%
4.0 to 99 ct up 1%
The Pricescope diamond price chart illustrates a 1% decrease in retail prices for diamonds of 3.0-4.0 carats. Prices rose by 1% for diamonds of 4.0-99 carats. There were no retail price changes for diamonds of 0-3.0 carats during the month of March. Pricescope has been charting retail diamond prices since 2007.
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