Every year, hundreds of diamond dealers from all over the world come to Israel for the annual Israel Diamond Week. This important event brings together the leaders of the diamond world, including presidents of diamond exchanges, and it is a networking platform in which the industry’s trends are discussed and formulated. This year, the Israel Diamond Week was held on February 10-12, 2020 at the Diamond Exchange in Ramat Gan.
During each conference, a singular Israeli company is selected to have a booth and represent Israeli innovation and creativity. This year, the organizers chose Moriah.
It was a great honor for us to showcase our collection at the show. The theme of the Moriah booth was biblical and historical events, and we displayed some of our finest works of art.
What sets the Moriah collection apart is that all of our pieces incorporate Moriah stone. Moriah stone is stone salvaged from the Temple Mount sifting project in Jerusalem. Each stone is handcrafted and adorned with precious stones and gold.
Moriah One-of-a-kind Pieces Showcased at the Israel Diamond Week
Here are some of the pieces we showcased at the event.
The Opening Ceremony
At the opening ceremony, the founder of the Moriah collection, Mr. Avi Tavisal, shared with the participants his deep connection to the diamond industry and to Jerusalem, and how the Moriah collection marvelously binds his two passions. He said “I am the son of a holocaust survivor. My father survived the war because of diamonds- they were used to buy shelter and food. It can be said that thanks to the diamonds, me and my family are here today. My father was a jeweler and taught me the skills of the trade. My mother was a 6th generation Jerusalemite and she imbued in me my love for Israel and especially for Jerusalem. For years I dreamed of combining my two loves and thank God I have been successful. The Moriah collection unites the most ancient and holy stones with eternal diamonds and noble gold.”
The highlight of the ceremony occurred when Mr. Tavisal invited Dr. Itizik Yifat, Zion Karasenti and Haim Oshri to the stage. Back in 1967 they were paratroopers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and were among the first soldiers to visit the newly liberated Kotel. This historical moment was captured on camera by the award-winning photographer David Rubinger and his photograph Paratroopers at the Western Wall became an icon of Israeli culture.
Avi Tavisal chose to create a piece of art from the photograph and engraved the image of the three soldiers onto Moriah stone. The 24 Karat gold coin above the soldiers has an image of the Western Wall on the one side and a symbol of the IDF on the other. It is the original coin minted to commemorate Israel’s victory in the liberation of Jerusalem. During the opening ceremony, Mr. Tavisal presented the sculpture to the former paratroopers. (Note: the piece is on display to the public in the Moriah Jerusalem store located in the Jewish quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem).
If you would like to see the collection, it is on permanent display at the Moriah museum gallery located in the Israel Diamond Exchange in Ramat Gan, Israel. You can also view some of our pieces online in our Museum collection.