The north-eastern Italian city of Vicenza will welcome delegates from around the world to the 2012 CIBJO Congress, which will take place May 17-20. The venue for the event is the Fiera di Vicenza, home to several of Italy’s most prestigious jewellery trade shows. Guests will be housed in picturesque Abano Terme, which with its natural hot water springs is one of Italy’s most celebrated resorts towns.

CIBJO Congress serves as the official gathering place for the World Jewellery Confederation’s Assembly of Delegates, and also the venue for the annual meetings CIBJO’s sectoral commissions, where amendments can be introduced to the organization’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 the CIBJO’s ongoing cooperation with the United Nations is reported upon.

Hosting the CIBJO Congress 2012 is Fiera di Vicenza, one of Italy’s most important trade fair companies and organiser of the annual VICENZAORO Spring, VICENZAORO Winter, VICENZAORO Fall and T-Gold trade shows.

The CIBJO Congress 2012 will be an anchor event of the World Jewellery Forum, which will take place in Vicenza from May 13 to May 23. The World Jewellery Forum will close with the VICENZAORO Spring jewellery show. Delegates to the CIBJO Congress will be eligible to attend all World Jewellery Forum events.

Founded in the 2nd Century B.C. in northern Italy, in 1994 Vicenza was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, largely as a tribute to the work of the 16th architect Andrea Palladio whose building are scattered throughout city and surrounding areas. Vicenza is the third-largest industrial centre in Italy as measured by the value of its exports, and accounts for about one fifth of the country's gold and jewellery output.