Forbes believe that diamonds are non-monetary, highly-portable assets.
Investment in diamonds is becoming a common discussion in financial circles. Bankers and wealth management firms today understand that such an investment should be part of their portfolios.
Diamonds as investment class is evolving beyond its traditional ability to preserve, relocate and pass on wealth due to macroeconomics, a gap in supply/demand set to widen and the evolution of the sector.
Investments in polished diamonds are destined to increase considerably overtime so if you are looking for additional safe havens to place your money, diamonds can add sparkle to your portfolio. While gold and silver fluctuate in the market, more investors are purchasing diamonds as a way to counteract impending inflation.
Learning how to acquire diamonds can help you expand the diversification of your assets.
(a) Basic Requirements for Diamond Investment
Before you invest in diamonds make sure your investment meets the following minimum requirements: Price transparency, resale liquidity, market access, quality certification, and expert guidance.
An investment diamond needs to be purchased at a price that is reasonably close to the price that you can easily resell it. Buying at retail and reselling at wholesale is a bad idea, so you need to connect with an expert that can give you direct access to international dealer prices and markets.
You also have to confirm the quality of your investment diamond through independent third party grading and expert confirmation. It is important that you establish a relationship with a trustworthy investment diamond expert that can advise you about timing, ensure quality control and handle your transactions.
(b) Invest in the basics
While very large and expensive fancy color diamonds attract the attention of super-wealthy collectors, they are thinly traded and do not offer the price transparency or timely resale liquidity. Unless you are a billionaire investor and/or expert collector, stay away from spectacular diamonds. Their pricing is highly speculative and they are often difficult to resell.
The Rapaport Group recommends initial investments in Round, 1.01 to 1.49 carat, D-H color, IF-VS2 clarity, Excellent to Very Good Cut, Rapaport Specification 2+ diamonds. These diamonds trade on a daily basis, their prices are well known and they are easy to purchase and sell.
Depending on the investment budget, strategic objectives and diversification requirements, diamond investments can include additional sizes such as one-half caraters (0.51 to 0.69 carat) and two carat to five caraters.While various investment portfolios using different size diamonds may be considered, we advise restricting investment to the well-defined and standardized round investment diamonds as described above.
(c) Quality Certification
Investment diamonds should be graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and confirmed by your expert.While the GIA is the primary grading authority, they grade all types of diamonds including substandard poor quality diamonds. Just because a diamond has a GIA grading report does not mean it is a good diamond. Have your expert ensure the diamond meets the Rapaport Specification 2+ quality standard in addition to having a GIA grading report.
(d) Transactions Costs and Bid/ask Spreads
Investors should investigate the bid/ask spread (the price difference between buying and selling prices for investment diamonds). When buying a diamond as an investment it’s a good idea to find out what you would get if you were selling the diamond on the same day.
(e) Expert Advice and International Market Access
You should establish a relationship with a sophisticated investment diamond advisor knowledgeable in the nuance of diamond quality as well as international diamond pricing and markets. Your investment advisor should also have direct buy/sell trading access to the global diamond markets in order to ensure fair market value bid/ask pricing.