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Per carat diamond price 1960-2016

Diamond prices per carat from 1960 to 2016 (in U.S. dollars)

by Statista Research Department, last edited Nov 2, 2016
Per carat diamond price 1960-2016 This statistic depicts the per carat diamond price from 1960 to 2016. In 1960, the average price for such a diamond stood at some 2,700 U.S. dollars. Since then, the diamond price has increased more than tenfold, to 29,650 U.S. dollars in 2015.
Diamond carat to dollars

Diamonds are a carbon-based gemstone coveted by innumerable people worldwide. They are among the hardest materials on Earth (if not the hardest), which makes them very valuable for industrial uses in addition to their wide use in luxury jewelry. Diamonds are also expensive. The cut, clarity, color, and carat (weight and size) are the so-called four 'Cs' that dictate a diamond's price. One carat is equal to a weight of approximately 200 milligrams, and cost approximately 29,650 U.S. dollars in 2015. Diamond prices per carat show a consistent increasing trend, while the annual rough diamond production worldwide has sat between 128 million carats and 120 million carats between 2009 and 2016.

As the known global diamond reserves continue to be mined and depleted while demand increases, a demand-supply gap is expected to develop in the coming years. By 2050, there is a forecasted supply shortfall of some 278 million carats of diamonds worldwide. This will likely cause the price per carat to continue increasing for natural diamonds. Synthetic diamonds, also referred to as lab grown diamonds, are a potential solution to the projected diamond shortfall. There was a steady production of between 4.38 and 4.42 billion carats of synthetic diamonds worldwide between 2007 and 2013. Synthetic diamonds also cost between 30 and 40 percent less than a natural diamond does, but not every consumer is willing to forgo natural diamonds in favor of a diamond that has been created in a lab.
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Diamond prices per carat from 1960 to 2016 (in U.S. dollars)

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