“The world’s first commodity exchange in physically settled diamonds."
Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange
The Exchange will provide a fair, orderly and transparent marketplace for traders and accredited investors to acquire polished diamonds on a global scale, at market prices driven by real time transactional data.
Wholly independent from the diamond industry, SDiX operates in accordance with existing global stock and commodity market regulations. SDiX’s strengths are the cutting-edge trading engine technology that offers both flexibility and performance above other exchanges. SDiX’s technology platform can process over 190,000 orders per second when receiving orders from multiple co-located clients. The central matching engine itself is capable of processing over 500,000 orders per second standalone.
SDiX encompasses the Exchange and the Depository that is built around a robust and scalable ecosystem of Approved Suppliers, Broker Members, Physical Vaults, Custodians, Grading labs, and Settlement Banks.
All diamonds listed on the SDiX will be graded by the globally recognized GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and will be safe kept under the custodial services of Malca-Amit – a global wealth management logistics company.
"DIAMONDS are the most PORTABLE form of concentrated WEALTH"
Diamonds have always held financial value, but many consumers don’t realize the true financial worth of their diamond. Diamonds are one of the only tangible assets that are not affected by the stock market; therefore they are a strong safe-haven investment, traditionally with low volatility. The diamond market has a limited supply and growing demand, and the “global economy should see diamond shortages making their mark on prices in 2015-to-2020.” (Forbes)
Here are a few reasons why now is a good time to invest in diamonds:
- Diamonds are low-risk with high return potential.
- The recent economic collapse saw stocks, housing and real estate values decline sharply, yet the diamond industry was not affected.
- Investors are currently seeking alternative investments for a portfolio component to provide stability during economic distress.
- Diamonds hold their value due to clearly defined and internationally recognized valuation process.
- Diamonds offer an ability to withstand financial uncertainty and offer a hedge against inflation
- Certain categories of rare or colored diamonds outperform relative to the market, adding an additional incentive
- Offers opportunity to invest with a wholesale distributor to national jewelry retailers and ROI is based on sale of the diamond.
- Easily transportable and not easily tracked value not linked to individual currency.
- No depreciation and the most durable commodity.
- Range of prices according to the 4C’s unlike gold or silver that has particular weights.
- Investing in physical assets prior to derivative products being established can provide significant returns.
- Growing demand for tangible assets and portfolio diversification.
- Diamonds provide a strong safe-haven investment, traditionally with low volatility.
Diamond Education Based on the 4 Cs:
The Four Cs, when used together, describe the quality of a finished diamond. The value of a finished diamond is based on the combination of carat, color, clarity, and cut.
The Four Cs describe the individual qualities. The terms that people use to discuss the Four Cs have become part of an international language that jewelry professionals can use to describe and evaluate individual diamonds.
A diamond’s value is often affected by the rarity of one or more of the Four Cs. Colorless diamonds are scarcemost diamonds have tints of yellow or brown. So a colorless diamond rates higher on the color grading scale than a diamond that is light yellow. However, the opposite holds true for fancy colored diamonds; the deeper and more intense the color, the higher the diamond’s value. The same relationship between rarity and value exists for clarity, cut, and carat weight.
- 1. Carat: The unit of measuring a diamond’s weight. One carat is equal to 0.2 grams, about the same weight as a paperclip. A carat is divisible into one hundred points; for example, a 40-point diamond weighs 0.40 carats.
- 2. Color: Diamonds are also priced on their color or rather the lack thereof. The less color a diamond has, the greater their value, with the exception of fancy-color diamonds such as yellows, blues or pinks They are judged by the Geological Institute of America’s D-Z Color Grading Scale, with D being colorless and Z being light yellow or brown. Each letter grade is clearly defined by comparing new stones to ones with a predetermined letter grade in controlled lighting.
- 3. Clarity: The clarity of a diamond is affected by two different types of visual obscurers: inclusions (internal) and blemishes (external). They are graded on a scale with eleven grades, from flawless to obvious inclusions. They are judged on how visible they will be under a 10x magnification.
- 4. Cut: The cut of a diamond determines a diamond’s fire, sparkle, and brilliance and is graded on a scale from Excellent to Poor. It refers to the stone’s proportions, symmetry, and polish. While the most standard cut in the industry is a round brilliant there are other fancy cuts such as pear, emerald, oval, radiant and cushion.