By Erika Winters
Diamond Prices News Roundup – December 2013
Pricescope charted increases in retail diamond prices for 0 to 0.5-carat and 4 to 99-carat diamonds, while prices for all other listed carat weights remained stable in December. Retail diamond price changes are based on Pricescope’s database of over 450,000 diamonds from retail stores.
Retail Diamond Price Changes for December 2013
0 to 0.5 carat: +3%
0.5 to 1.0 carat: no change
1.0 to 2.0 carats: no change
2.0 to 3.0 carats: no change
3.0 to 4.0 carats: no change
4.0 to 99 carats: +1%
Pricescope has been charting retail diamond prices since 2007.
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