By David Brough
GDANSK, Poland – AMBERIF Spring 2023 (March 22-25) is a showcase for contemporary amber jewellery designs encompassing new technologies for the manufacture of the fossilised resin.
The trade show, located in the AmberExpo Exhibition and Convention Centre in the port area on the outskirts of the northern Polish seaport city, gathers many leading suppliers and designers of Baltic amber from the region, and hosts gold and silver jewellery, machinery, diamonds and gemstones, as well as a Designer Quarter featuring an array of materials including amber.
Baltic amber is fossilised resin of conifer trees, formed more than 40 million years ago.
Poland has a long history of craftsmanship in amber over centuries. Polish amber jewellery designs are a regular feature of international trade shows in Europe and the Middle East, such as HOMI Fashion&Jewels in Milan and the Istanbul Jewelry Show.
Among the latest innovations, Gdansk-based amber manufacturer PROGRES presented crown cut amber jewellery pieces, and “cherry” colour amber using their own proprietary technology.
Another exhibitor, jewellery designer Tomasz Kargul showed off eco-friendly brooches featuring amber and recycled materials.
The Gdansk trade event saw a strong presence of Chinese buyers, reflecting the popularity of amber jewellery in the Chinese market which is revving up again after the lockdowns.
Many of the contemporary amber jewellery designs offered at AMBERIF, encompassed amber combined with silver or gold-plated silver.
At the opening ceremony, senior Gdansk officials expressed their determination to boost the global branding effort for Baltic amber, and spoke of plans to present Baltic amber jewellery creativity at the Expo 2025 in Osaka, Japan.
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Opening ceremony of AMBERIF Spring 2023