Apr 10, 2019

2019 CIBJO Congress to Take Place from November 18-20 in Bahrain

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has announced that its 2019 Congress will be held from November 18 to 20 in Manama, the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The annual event this year is being hosted by DANAT, the Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones. Pre-congress meetings will be held on November 16 and 17.

The congress schedule will begin immediately after the World Pearl Forum, which is due to take place on November 14 and 15. The host organisation, DANAT, is dedicated to developing the local and regional pearl and gemstone industry, and operates one of the world's most sophisticated laboratories in the field.

Located on an archipelago in the Arabian Gulf, Bahrain is home to a pearling industry dating back to at least the 3rd century B.C., giving it claim to what is almost certainly the world's longest unbroken fine jewellery tradition. The natural pearl oyster beds to the north of the island, as well as Bahrain's advantageous position as a port city on the trade routes between east and west, led to its old capital of Muharraq becoming the centre of the world's first pearl-dominated economy. Today, the country remains the world's preeminent producer of natural pearls, and also is a jewellery centre in its own right, serving the markets of the region.

The congress will include the Assembly of Delegates sessions, as well as the 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, precious metals, coral and responsible sourcing, known as the Blue Books.

During the congress the programme of World Jewellery Confederation Education Foundation (WJCEF), relating to responsible and sustainable activities in the industry, and CIBJO's ongoing cooperation with the United Nations and its development programme is reported upon, and discussed.

"We are delighted to accept DANAT's invitation and to bring the CIBJO Congress to Bahrain," said Gaetano Cavalieri, CIBJO President. "What participants will discover is a country and an industry that blends its millennia-old legacy and tradition with cutting-edge technology and a vision for the future. We invite members of the gem and jewellery sectors from around the world to join us in Bahrain and be part of the discussion about how our industry will operate moving forward. Great changes are taking place, creating a series of challenges that will shape our business. The CIBJO Congress is where we can meet them together."

A dedicated CIBJO Congress 2019 website will be launched shortly.