Ambermoda is a family affair for the Gliwinski family, who founded the jewelry design firm 25 years ago when Poland was still under Communist control (it ended in 1989). Mariusz, the head designer, started the operation with his father. Since then, his wife, Danuta, and daughter, Gosia have joined. I interviewed the trio during the 2013 Amberif show in Gdansk.
Mariusz attended Poland’s Lódz Fine Arts Academy, and his designs are inspired by art, architecture, nature (including glaciers), and travel. His signature style features oversize and whimsical geometric forms that make ideal statement pieces on and off the runways (he frequently collaborates with Polish fashion designers, dressing models in his jewelry for shows). Gliwinski’s designs are a fresh, modern take on amber jewelry and elevate an otherwise inexpensive material to a loftier level by using generous cuts, other precious stone accents, and gold settings.
[Ed. note: The Ambermoda website is in English and Polish, and Gosia speaks English well; email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Mariusz and Danuta Gliwinski of Ambermoda at the 2013 Amberif show in Gdansk, Poland.
Headquarters: Sopot, Poland
Year firm was founded: 1988
Signature style: Natural unheated and heated Baltic amber designs in silver and gold crafted in large geometric shapes and accented with mother of pearl and diamonds.
Materials of choice: Baltic amber, silver, and 14k and 18k gold
Accounts: 20 U.S. accounts, including Exposures International in Sedona, Ariz., and international accounts on almost other continent in the world.
Starting retail prices: €120
Bracelet from the Technonature collection in silver with certified natural Baltic amber, $300
Necklace and bracelet from the Venus collection in silver with certified natural Baltic amber and mother of pearl; necklace, $600, and bracelet, $500 f
Earrings from the Venus collection in silver with certified natural Baltic amber, mother of pearl, and diamond accents, $1,500
Ring from the Constellation collection in 14k gold with certified natural Baltic amber and diamond accent, $1,800
Necklace from the Venus collection in silver with certified natural Baltic amber and mother of pearl, $2,000