Amberif to Attract 6,000 Visitors

The 16th Amberif International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones will be held March 11 – 14 at the exhibition halls of the Gdansk International Fair Co.

Nearly 500 exhibitors from nine countries (including Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom) will be showing their products and services to some 6,000 registered trade visitors from more than 40 countries throughout the world.

Amberif is the biggest amber exhibition in the world and the leading jewelry show in Central and Eastern Europe. It highlights innovative forms and a unique design approach to amber, gold, silver, and other materials.

As in its previous editions, Amberif will be organized around thematic sectors. Hall 5 will include silver and gold jewelry with amber on the ground floor, while the mezzanine will have the information stands of trade chambers, associations, museums, and schools, as well as an exhibition of the winning entries in the competitions accompanying the fair. Artists will again be showing their creations in the Designers’ Gallery.

Jewelry with amber will also be on display in Hall 4. Hall 3 will showcase mainly gold and silver jewelry, but will also have exhibitors with platinum jewelry, clocks, and watches, as well as diamonds and other gemstones. There also will be Technical Pavilion with a broad range of products for jewelry manufacturers.

This year Amberif’s special guest will be jewelry designer Barbara Westwood, who intends to make her own collection for the fair, out of amber nuggets donated by the members of the International Amber Association. Her work will be on display among the other artists’ at the Designers’ Gallery.

The winners of the Amberif Design Award will be showcased at fair. This is a conceptual contest, based on the one hand on jewelry design and on the other on associations, aesthetic, and philosophical concepts. Amberif’s other competitions include the Mercurius Gedanensis design competition, Amber Handicraft, and the Amber Sphere, awarded by the students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in £ódŸ for the best jewelry design.

Every year, Amberif is accompanied by a series of seminars on a variety of issues which are important for jewelry and amber experts and enthusiasts. The Gemmological Seminar will be organized by the Association of Jewellery Experts in collaboration with the HRD Diamond High Council of Antwerp, the Art Historians’ session will be dedicated to Polish goldsmithing, while the Seminar on Baltic Amber will be prepared by the International Amber Association in partnership with the Museum of the Earth of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.

Amberif also will include painting, graphic art, ceramics, and photography exhibitions, as well as art events. The evening meetings between exhibitors and trade visitors include an evening preview of the jewelry by Chinese sculptress Lu Pin at the Ambermoda Gallery in Sopot. She is widely known for her design of the Frederic Chopin monument in Shanghai, but she also makes small jewelry pieces in silk.

The Grand Amber and Fashion Gala always showcases fashion and jewelry designed especially for Amberif. Jewelry and fashion designers combine to present designs exclusively for this show.

The jewelry showcased at Amberif is chiefly made of Baltic amber. However, the diverse approach of exhibitors to this material results in an array of design styles from companies and individual designers. There has been continuous development in design and technology, and the use of materials with amber, such as diamonds, that until recently never would happened. Many of the designs premiered at the show have have become high-end jewelry.

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