Rising expectations for holiday season as Conference Board’s US consumer confidence index hits 18-year high in October. Steady US demand for 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ diamonds, but polished prices softening amid India liquidity concerns. 1 ct. RAPI -0.9% in October. Rough market quiet, with factories closing for next week’s Diwali festival. Jewelers reducing in-store inventory, using technology to tap into suppliers’ stock and improve the customer experience. Letšeng mine 3Q average price -1% to $1,841/ct. Alrosa joins De Beers Tracr blockchain. Petra Diamonds appoints Varda Shine to board. The Rapaport Group wishes all our friends a happy, enlightening Diwali.