The 23rd International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones

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Gdańsk, 16-19 March 2016 / AMBEREXPO

On 16 March, the 23rd edition of AMBERIF, the International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones, will begin at AMBEREXPO Gdańsk. It is the most important amber exhibition and the largest jewellery event in Central and Eastern Europe. New jewellery designs and trends will be showcased by 480 companies from 14 countries. The organisers expect several thousand visitors from all over the world. The event will have its highlight in the evening AMBER LOOK Trends & Styles 2016 Amber and Fashion Gala.

Companies from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Turkey, the UK, the USA and Poland will have the opportunity to exchange experience, establish new business relations and get to know the current jewellery fashion trends. The exhibitors include mainly manufacturers of amber, gold and silver jewellery and jewellers working with precious stones and diamonds (Amber Halls A & B, Silver Hall B and Gold Hall C). “We have combined the entire production cycle under one roof,” says Ewa Rachoń, AMBERIF Director. On the one hand, we have artists with their heads in the clouds who create marvels out of amber, silver and gold, on the other—those who manufacture complex precious metal processing equipment.”

AMBERIF is one of the key settings for the jewellery industry to meet. Here business meets art, creative ideas are born, the latest trends and technologies in jewellery design are presented to captivate with a wealth of inspiration, bold associations and stunning combinations of materials. “Amberif provides a direct contact to customers, there’s nothing more valuable,” emphasises Daria Jankowiak of the Motyle Jewellery Studio. “I always make a new, specially expanded collection for Amberif. This year, I’m paying homage to the natural. My pieces have imprints of leather—real, sometimes ugly and wrinkled—like in real life.”

AMBERIF defines trends. The Amberif Design Award, i.e. the International Amber Jewellery Design Competition, is a trend-setting event for new development directions, in 2016 on the theme of Transition. It is an open competition, with participation from designers, artists, jewellery makers and art school students. Their artistic endeavours are evaluated by an international judging panel. The award-winning pieces are presented at a post-competition exhibit during Amberif (Lobby B). Highly valued by visitors, the Designers’ Gallery is a space for creative experiments which showcases original avant-garde jewellery. New ideas in design and jewellery art will be presented in Trend Book 2016+ by Prof. Sławomir

Fijałkowski, published by the KIGB Polish Chamber of Amber Commerce, the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts and the City Hall of Gdańsk Department of Promotion, Information and Social Communication ; its sixth edition will premiere at AMBERIF.

The AMBER LOOK trends & styles Amber and Fashion Gala, combined with the AMBER LOOK PROJECT award presentation, is a place to look for perfect harmony between contemporary jewellery and fashion design and always generates strong emotions. “Fashion perceives amber differently than jewellers and this exchange of experience between industries communities is priceless,” emphasises Michał Starost, the project’s artistic director. “This year, the event’s leitmotif is pure form, softness, natural quality, closeness to nature, floristry. Of course we put a premium on diverse and plentiful designs to pique the interest of our guests. The collections are excellent and sought after, straight after our show they travel to more fashion events.

AMBERIF includes a number of side events without which its heart would beat slower. With amber experts and fans in mind, there will be lectures, seminars, training and workshop sessions: a popular science seminar on Baltic Amber in the Kaleidoscope of Time, with free admission, and the Understanding Amber Basic Training Course for professionals (preregistration required). High interest will certainly be enjoyed by the workshop on Gemmological research on amber, selected natural resins and their imitations under the auspices of the International Amber Association (preregistration required as well).
AMBERIF’s side events—exhibitions and previews, both those at the AMBERIF premises and those in local museums and galleries—will be held in a time-honoured tradition. This time they will include:
  • Geocut by Ewa Effenberg and I’ll Give You a Pebble by Jarosław Kolec—Łódź Academy of Fine Arts;
  • The Eye of Telsiai—exhibition of students’ works, Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts;
  • The Stone of Optimism—exhibition of pieces winning in the 3rd Striped Flint National Original Jewellery Competition;
  • Exhibition: Janusz Plota (30 years of creative output) and the artists: Ryszard Grazda, Marek Model, Wojciech Sęczawa. Drawing-Print-Object. BODY & SPACE, part of the Gates of the Earth—Earth of Gates I & II project;
  • Final view of the LAB—design:HUB exhibition. 10 years of jewellery design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk.

Amberif 2016 is also an opportunity to celebrate 20 years of the International Amber Association. The IAA brings together people for whom amber has become a way of life. They research, cherish and praise amber all over the world. “The IAA operates on many levels,

we work with a large number of organisations, from universities to border services,” says Michał Kosior, IAA Director. “Education, academic research, the search for new markets for amber, with its price recently greatly on the increase, are the challenges that we face today.”

Prestigious awards are presented during Amberif:
  • The Bogdan Mirowski Mercurius Gedanensis Jewellery Mastery Award—a competition for Amberif exhibitors, in two categories: Design—Grand Prix, and Workmanship Excellence—MTG SA President’s Gold Medal;
  • Amber Handicraft—a competition addressed to jewellers and young jewellery craft trainees, organised by the Pomeranian Skilled Craft Chamber of SMEs;
  • The Amber Sphere—The Łódź Academy of Fine Arts, Jewellery Department Students Award for the Best Jewellery Design at Amberif;
  • Amber Personality of the Year and Amber Business Partner Award—titles awarded by the International Amber Association to individuals who not only work with amber, but also promote, research and collect it.
The auspices over Amberif have been extended by Poland’s Ministry of Development, the Pomeranian Governor (Pomorskie Voivod), the Marshal of the Pomeranian Region and the Mayor of Gdańsk. Long-standing partners have been invited to collaborate, including the SRJ Association of Jewellery Experts, the International Amber Association, the Pomeranian Skilled Craft Chamber of SMEs, the KIGB Polish Chamber of Amber Commerce and the STFZ Goldsmithing Artists’ Association.

AMBERIF is a trade-only event, addressed to individuals and businesses who trade injewellery, jewellery art and functional art.

AMBERIF 2016 |

16-18 March, 10:00–18:00
19 March, 10:00–17:00
AMBEREXPO | ul. Żaglowa 11, Gdańsk, Poland


AMBERIF Project Director: Ewa Rachoń | t. +48 58 55 49 134