I interviewed jewelry designer Danuta Burczik-Kruczkowska of Kruczkowska at the 2013 Amberif show in Gdansk, Poland, this year. While her jewelry spoke volumes, our own conversation was limited to what could be filtered through translators. (Thus, some of the regular sections of this Get to Know profile are missing.)
Burczik-Kruczkowska—who has been in the jewelry business for more than 20 years—loves the warm, matte finish of natural unheated amber. Her pieces have an organic, unpolished look—as opposed to the heated, highly polished amber styles most Americans know. The artist told me amber is a “living stone for the body,” and that she loves using it in its raw state, commonly dug out of the ground in the northern Gdansk region or washed up on the Baltic beaches. One of her favorite hobbies: walking on the beach after storms and finding bits of amber and driftwood (or both!). In fact, one look at her jewelry and you can clearly see the natural amber-driftwood combinations that Mother Nature took millions of years to complete and return to the earth’s surface.
Ed. note: Kruczkowska’s website is in Polish, and she speaks only Polish, so if you are interested in her designs, I will put you in touch with an English-speaking associate; email me at email@example.com.
Danuta Burczik-Kruczkowska at her booth at the 2013 Amberif show
Headquarters: K?ty Rybackie, Poland
Year firm launched: 1995
Signature style: Natural unheated Baltic amber designs that are ideal for women who favor statement pieces
Materials of choice: Natural unheated Baltic amber, silver, and gold-plated silver
Accounts: No U.S. jewelry stores, though she does sell to a wholesaler in the States. She also sell stores in 27 different countries.
Starting retail prices: Much of her amber jewelry is sold by gram; thus, suggested retail prices for amber start at triple key prices of $9 per gram.
Bracelet with buckle, €300 ($392) triple key
Amber whistles, €750 and €930 triple key
Small amber bracelet with natural toggle clasp, €900 triple key
Caramel-colored amber bead necklace with natural toggle clasp that doubles as a pendant, €1,800 triple key
Large natural amber bead necklace with clasp, €3,900 triple key