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This year’s 23rd edition of Amberif Design Award, the International Jewellery Design Competition, had 117 artists from 28 countries submitting 147 entries. This is an impressive result! “It has never happened before for the entries to come from so many countries and neither has it happened that no Polish artist came in the winning top three,” is how Amberif Project Director Ewa Rachoń summed up the competition’s outcome. The prizes and an honourable mention went to artists from Mexico, Germany and China.

The entries—in the form of drawings, designs executed by means of computer-aided technologies and photographs of completed jewellery items made to be worn on various parts of the body—were sent in not only by jewellery makers and designers but also by sculptors. The ADA Curator Barbara Schmidt was visibly pleased. “The admiration for amber is reaching ever-widening circles and seems to be a really interesting inspiration for artists,” she remarked.

ADA’s international jury faced an exceptionally difficult task. “In our assessment, we mainly considered the use of amber, the originality of the item, its concept, workmanship and compliance with the theme of the competition,” explained Jurgita Ludavičienė, art critic, curator, Professor at the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts. “The award-winning pieces are concept-based, original and well made,” she added. “This is very important, especially that they will certainly become an inspiration for Amberif Design Award participants in the years to come.” Next to Ludavičienė, the jury included:

  • Christianne Weber-Stöber—art historian, jewellery researcher, General Manager of the Association for Goldsmith Art, Hanau (Germany)
  • David Huycke—jewellery artist, professor at the PXL-MAD School of Arts Hasselt and at the Faculty of Architecture and Arts at Hasselt University (Belgium)
  • Sofia Björkman—artist-jeweller and curator of jewellery art projects (Sweden)
  • Sara Gackowska—jewellery and visual artist (Poland).


The Jury awarded the following prizes and honourable mentions:

  • THE MAIN PRIZE sponsored by the Mayor of Gdańsk (PLN 10,000):
    Alberto Dávila Quesada / Mexico
    Verdict description: A daring interpretation of the competition subject in the form of a mouthpiece instead of a classic piece of jewellery, such as a ring or pendant. A symbolic piece, it refers to the main topic of Kairos and carries a meaning related to the material, highlighting the beauty of amber.
  • THE AMBER PRIZE sponsored by the International Amber Association (1 kg of amber):
    Martin Radt / Germany
    Verdict description: A moment of brutality and surrealism; the piercing of a piece of amber with a safety pin, where we cannot open the safety pin which also makes it a hidden kinetic moment. 
  • THE SILVER PRIZE sponsored by KGHM Polska Miedź SA (1 kg of silver):
    Laurent Brune / Germany
    Verdict description: Reveals the different colours and different possibilities of amber. Good quality and goldsmithery in the connection between the very different materials: metal and amber.
    Wenzho Lin / China
    Verdict description: Very poetic idea where a fly, normally captured in a piece of amber, is now captured on film. A connection between the past and the future.

Moreover, the Jury selected 17 further entries by artists from various European countries, China and South Korea for publication in the Amberif 2019 Exhibitor Directory and for display at the exhibition.

for more information please visit: www.amberif.pl


dates: 20-22 March, 10:00-18:00 | 23 March, 10:00-16:00
venue: AMBEREXPO Exhibition and Convention Centre, ul. Żaglowa 11, Gdańsk, Poland
organised by: MTG SA Gdańsk International Fair Co.
project director: Ewa Rachoń | ewa.rachon@mtgsa.com.pl | tel. +48 58 55 49 134
honorary auspices: Polish Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology, Pomorskie Voivod, Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodship, Mayor of Gdańsk
partners: SRJ Association of Jewellery Experts, IAA International Amber Association, Pomeranian Skilled Craft Chamber of SMEs, STFZ Goldsmithing Artists’ Association, KIGB Polish Chamber of Amber Commerce, PTGEM Polish Gemmological Society.