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$124.6 billion in 2015, including diamonds & unworked or synthetic precious stones.
African Importers

Africa imported $1.8 billion worth of gems led by the following countries:

  1. Botswana: $1.2 billion
  2. South Africa: $461.5 million
  3. Mauritius: $110.4 million
  4. Zimbabwe: $31.9 million
  5. Namibia: $13.1 million
  6. Egypt: $3.9 million
  7. Morocco: $3.4 million
  8. Angola: $855,000
  9. Kenya: $578,000
10. Tunisia: $466,000
Asian Importers

Asia imported $55.8 billion worth of gems led by the following countries:

  1. Hong Kong: $19.1 billion
  2. India: $16.4 billion
  3. China: $7.5 billion
  4. Singapore: $1.4 billion
  5. Thailand: $842.1 million
  6. Japan: $799.4 million
  7. Vietnam: $295.3 million
  8. Taiwan: $121 million
  9. Armenia: $87.4 million
10. Sri Lanka: $80.6 million
European Union Importers

The Europe Union imported $22 billion worth of gems led by the following EU members:

  1. Belgium: $15.6 billion
  2. United Kingdom: $2.8 billion
  3. France: $1.9 billion
  4. Italy: $975.7 million
  5. Germany: $412.6 million
  6. Spain: $52.4 million
  7. Netherlands: $50.7 million
  8. Austria: $42.5 million
  9. Denmark: $19.2 million
10. Ireland: $18.4 million
Latin American and Caribbean Importers

Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean imported $247 million worth of gems led by the following countries:

  1. British Virgin Islands: $108.3 million
  2. Netherlands Antilles: $75.4 million
  3. Dominican Republic: $22.4 million
  4. Brazil: $15.1 million
  5. Aruba: $3.2 million
  6. Bahamas: $2.7 million
  7. Colombia: $2.5 million
  8. Bolivia: $2 million
  9. Costa Rica: $1.9 million
10. Jamaica: $1.8 million
Middle Eastern Importers

Middle East imported $15.4 billion worth of 
gems led by the following countries:

  1. United Arab Emirates: $8.1 billion
  2. Israel: $7 billion
  3. Lebanon: $120.3 million
  4. Saudi Arabia: $8.2 million
  5. Bahrain: $1.9 million
  6. Jordan: $1.7 million
  7. Oman: $1.9 million
  8. Kuwait: $628,000
  9. Qatar: $582,000
10. Iran: $317,000
North American Importers

North America imported $26.4 billion worth of gems led by the following countries:

  1. United States: $25.8 billion
  2. Canada: $395.4 million
  3. Mexico: $154.9 million
Oceanian Importers

Oceania imported $509 million worth of gems led by the following countries:

  1. Australia: $462.9 million
  2. New Zealand: $45.3 million
  3. New Caledonia: $428,000
  4. Cook Islands: $223,000
  5. Fiji: $92,000
  6. French Polynesia: $66,000
  7. Vanuatu: $3,000
  8. Tokelau: $1,000
  9. Palau: $1,000
10. Samoa: $1,000
To see the 25 fastest-growing gems importers from 2011 to 2015, use the slidebar on the accompanying list. Overall, the 5-year percentage decline for globally imported gems was -24.9%.
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.