Listed are the top 10 gems importers based on their percentage of global import purchases (shown within parenthesis). Internationally imported gems cost a total US$11.3 billion in 2016 excluding diamonds or unworked or synthetic precious stones.
African Importers

Africa imported $116.9 million worth of gems led by the following countries:

  1. South Africa: $106.4 million
  2. Zambia: $5.9 million
  3. Mauritius: $2.1 million
  4. Morocco: $1.5 million
  5. Kenya: $181,000
  6. Ethiopia: $177,000
  7. Seychelles: $155,000
  8. Mali: $96,000
  9. Swaziland: $92,000
10. Angola: $54,000
Asian Importers

Asia imported $6.8 billion worth of gems led by the following countries:

  1. China: $2.7 billion
  2. India: $2.1 billion
  3. Hong Kong: $1.4 billion
  4. Thailand: $344.6 million
  5. Singapore: $150.2 million
  6. Japan: $136.9 million
  7. Taiwan: $47.5 million
  8. Vietnam: $11.4 million
  9. Sri Lanka: $8.6 million
10. Malaysia: $4.3 million
European Union (EU) Importers

European Union imported $1.1 billion worth of gems led by the following EU members:

  1. France: $343.7 million
  2. United Kingdom: $218 million
  3. Italy: $186.3 million
  4. Germany: $172.2 million
  5. Belgium: $142.3 million
  6. Austria: $11.8 million
  7. Spain: $10 million
  8. Poland: $3.2 million
  9. Sweden: $3 million
10. Czech Republic: $2.9 million
Latin American and Caribbean Importers

Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean imported $9 million worth of gems led by the following countries:

  1. Brazil: $5.5 million
  2. Jamaica: $489,000
  3. Barbados: $369,000
  4. Colombia: $363,000
  5. Bahamas: $346,000
  6. Aruba: $314,000
  7. Honduras: $262,000
  8. Panama: $262,000
  9. Chile: $217,000
10. Cuba: $154,000
Middle Eastern Importers

Middle East imported $291.9 million worth of gems led by the following countries:

  1. United Arab Emirates: $212.5 million
  2. Israel: $54.3 million
  3. Lebanon: $22.8 million
  4. Bahrain: $1 million
  5. Iran: $465,000
  6. Saudi Arabia: $370,000
  7. Qatar: $282,000
  8. Kuwait: $88,000
  9. Jordan: $24,000
10. Oman: $6,000
North American Importers

North America imported $2 billion worth of gems led by the following countries:

  1. United States: $2 billion
  2. Canada: $26.3 million
  3. Mexico: $4.9 million
Oceanian Importers

Oceania imported $54.7 million worth of gems led by the following countries:

  1. Australia: $45 million
  2. New Zealand: $9.7 million
  3. New Caledonia: $26,000
  4. French Polynesia: $12,000
  5. Fiji: $5,000
  6. Solomon Islands: $1,000
To see the 25 fastest-growing gems importers from 2012 to 2016, use the slidebar on the accompanying list. Overall, the 5-year percentage gain for globally imported gems was 105.6%.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis

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Research Note: Import numbers rarely match the source exporters’ stats. Reasons for import-export statistical discrepancies include re-exports, time lags, misallocations, distinct trade reporting systems, different quantity measurements and country confidentiality rules. Also, transportation and insurance costs are sometimes added to import totals.