Polished trading quiet, with inventory rising after slow summer. Suppliers keeping prices firm, hoping for strong Hong Kong show. Chinese buyers shifting to lower qualities, with steady demand for 3VG goods, as weaker yuan currency squeezes budgets. US demand steady, but consumer sentiment down, reflected in households purchasing fewer big-ticket items, according to University of Michigan. Macy’s and J.C. Penney list jewelry among top sellers in 1H. Rio Tinto opens A21 pipe at Diavik mine. Okavango 1H sales volume -2% to 1.8M cts. India July polished exports +12% to $1.8B, rough imports +26% to $1.7B. Sarine to provide rough-mapping technology to Lucara’s Clara blockchain.