Salvador, the capital of the north-eastern Brazilian state of Bahia, will welcome delegates from around the world to the 2015 CIBJO Congress, which will take place May 4-6, with pre-congress meetings starting on May 2.

The main venue for the event is the Sheraton da Bahia Hotel, in the heart of the city’s downtown area.

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 2015 is Instituto Brasileiro de Gemas e Metais Preciosos (IBGM).

Salvador is Brazil’s third most populous city after São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Known for its cuisine, music and architecture, it also is the centre of Afro-Brazilian culture.

Close to the CIBJO Congress venue is Salvador’s historic centre, known as Pelourinho.

Home to the largest concentration of 17th and 18th century colonial architecture in all of the Americas, it was named a world cultural site by UNESCO in 1985.