De Beers Group yesterday announced the value of rough diamond sales for the second sales cycle of 2023. The mining giant sold $495 million in rough stones. There was a noticeable year-over-year drop in sales when compared with 2022- Cycle 2, where the company sold over $652 million, a 24% fall. Sales were 9% higher than $454 million registered for the preceding first Sight of 2023.
De Beers announced their first sight of the year raised $660 million, a strong increase compared to its revenue at the last December sight, which raised $336 million.
According to Bruce Cleaver, CEO De Beers, buyers are restocking: “As anticipated, there was strong growth in consumer demand for diamond jewelry over the end of year holiday season. As a result, we saw the continuation of robust rough diamond demand in the first sales Cycle of the year as buyers focus on restocking depleted inventories.”
Cycle 2 takes place from 14 – 16 February 2022.