Delegates to the 2018 Congress of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, set to open in Bogotá, Colombia, in five days' time, will discuss among other things, the diamond, coloured stones, pearl, coral, precious metals and gemmological Blue Books — the organisation’s comprehensive guidelines on each specific sector.
The 2017 CIBJO Congress in Bangkok ratified amendments to its diamond Blue Book that specified that CIBJO, the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) would all use a harmonised nomenclature to describe diamonds. Early this year, Russia’s Ministry of Finance signed a memorandum agreeing to harmonise its diamond nomenclature with CIBJO, the WFDB and IDMA.
The agendas and related documentation for the various sessions and meetings that will take place during this year’s event are now available online in a digital binder that can be downloaded from the dedicated congress website.
Serving as the official venue for the meeting of the CIBJO Assembly of Delegates, the CIBJO Congress gathers the members of national jewellery and gemstone associations from more than 40 countries and representatives of many of the industry's most important commercial bodies.
The schedule of the CIBJO Congress includes a series of meetings of different working groups, called sectors and commissions, each of which focuses on a different sector or field of interest in the jewellery industry.
The congress will run from October 15 to 17, with pre-congress meetings starting on October 12. Between October 11 and October 14, the World Emerald Symposium will take place at the same venue.
The congress is being hosted by Fedesmeraldas, the National Federation of Emeralds of Colombia, and CDTEC, Colombia's leading gemological institute.