The Israeli city of Tel Aviv will welcome delegates from around the world to the 2013 CIBJO Congress, which will take place May 7-9, with pre-congress meetings starting on May 5. The venue for the event is the Dan Panorama convention centre. Guests will be housed in adjacent hotels, overlooking Tel Aviv’s beachfront and the Mediterranean Sea.

CIBJO Congresses serves as the official gathering place for the World Jewellery Confederation’s Assembly of Delegates, and also the venue for the annual meetings of CIBJO’s sectoral commissions, where amendments can be introduced to the organisation’s definitive directories of international industry standards for diamonds, coloured stones, pearls, gem labs and precious metals, known as the Blue Books. The CIBJO Congress is also where the programme of World Jewellery Confederation Education Foundation (WJCEF) and CIBJO’s ongoing cooperation with the United Nations is reported upon.

Hosting the CIBJO Congress 2013 is Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies, which is a non-profit, public-interest corporation that represents all organisations and institutions involved in the Israeli diamond industry.

Established in 1909 by European settlers north of the ancient port of Jaffa, Tel Aviv is today Israel’s most cosmopolitan city, and its financial, cultural and social centre. The Greater Tel Aviv metropolitan area is home to about 3 million people, and includes Ramat Gan, where is headquartered Israel’s massive diamond complex, which last year reported a net turnover of diamonds close to $17 billion.