A jaunt around the world of accessories by the numbers.
• The value of diamond trading in the Shanghai Diamond Exchange increased 2.4 percent (year-on-year) to $1.98 billion, in the six months ended June 30. The volume of the same dropped, however, by 37.6 percent to 33.93 million carats. Source: diamondworld.net
• The total value of Swiss watch exports to China was 111.5 million francs ($119.3 million) in August, a drop of 4.7 percent from the same month in 2012. Source: Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry
• Diamonds keep setting records. On Oct. 7, the largest diamond ever sold at auction — at 118.28 carats — was sold for $30.06 million at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. At auction, it was the highest price paid for a white diamond and the largest diamond ever sold. It broke the record set in May, when a 101.73-carat, D-color, flawless colorless diamond was sold at Christie’s in Geneva for $26.7 million. Coming up on Nov. 12: Christie’s in Geneva will sell the largest fancy vivid orange diamond ever to appear at auction. Sources: Sotheby’s and Christie’s
Performance Issues: In the 12-month period ended August 2013: • Jewelry sales fell 6.2 percent to $21.39 billion from $22.79 billion, a year earlier. • Bags and luggage sales fell 0.4percent to $13.78 billion from $13.84 billion. • Sales of small leather goods jumped 14.1 percent to $3.33 billion from $2.92 billion. • Sunglasses sales slid 6.7 percent to $3.36 billion versus $3.6 billion a year ago. Source: NPD
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WWD asked a handful of creative directors to evaluate the September covers of leading women's fashion magazines. How do they think the covers this year compare with years gone by, and what do they say about the current status of the publication? Link in bio. (GIF by @hypebreast)
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