Amber Takes Center Stage during Amberif Trade Fair

The 14th annual Amberif International Fair of Amber, Jewelry and Gemstones will take place in Gdansk, Poland, beginning Wednesday. More than 8,000 wholesalers, retailers, scientists, gemologists, and museum curators from at least 37 countries are expected to view the products of more than 450 exhibitors from Poland and a dozen other countries during the five-day show at the city’s exhibition center.

The focus of the show, of course, is amber and the jewelry (often accented with silver and gold) created by fossilized resin. However, a good portion of the show will be devoted to gold and silver jewelry, gemstones, watches, and machines and tools.

The fair will host two design competitions: the Mercurius Gedanensis Jewellery competition for exhibitors, and the Elektronos 2007 International Competition for the Design of Jewellery with Amber.

In addition, there will be a designers’ gallery, organized by the Goldsmithing Artists’ Association, and a palaeontological gallery, organized by the Museum of Amber Inclusions of the University of Gdansk and the Natural History Museum of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow. An amber laboratory, operated by the International Amber Association and Technical University of Gdansk, will allow people to test the amber they purchased.

Seminars on Baltic Amber and diamonds also will be part of the show, which for the first time will be held for five days due to request from international vendors.

The “Jewellery Gala,” the artistic event of the Amberif Fair, is a fashion and jewelry show featuring the creations of Poland’s well-known fashion and jewelry designers. It will be held Saturday night.

Amberif is considered by many to be the most important amber industry event in the world.