Gdańsk is the World Capital of Amber. At its heart is the Amber Museum, with the oldest and most valuable items of handicraft, and the Museum of Amber Inclusions, with an exhibition of life trapped in amber millions of years ago. Famous Mariacka (St Mary’s) Street has many stores, galleries and studios of contemporary amber artists and, all over the city, there are multiple references to its amber heritage. The Amberif and Ambermart trade shows, international designer workshops, exhibitions in galleries and museums, many business support institutions dedicated to the amber and jewellery industry, alongside universities with amber in their sphere of interest make Gdańsk a go-to place for amber jewellery and products but most of all for amber-related knowledge.

Amberif. Once a year, at Poland’s largest jewellery trade fair and the world’s largest amber show, amber jewellery is available in a remarkable selection in terms of design, diversity and quality alike. In 2020, we want to emphasize our position of a global leader in a special way by introducing a new layout in the hall dedicated to manufacturers of amber jewellery: from unique items, limited collections, to outdoor jewellery inspired by current trends in jewellery fashion.

More than half of Amberif’s 470 exhibitors are manufacturers of original silver and gold jewellery, gemstone jewellery and fashion accessories. There are also leading importers and representatives of manufacturers from Italy, Turkey and the Far East. The Design Gallery, with its unique design zone and art jewellery from nearly 70 Polish and European goldsmith artists, is Amberif’s pièce de résistance. The show is also the largest overview of equipment, tools, findings, raw materials and materials for jewellery production. Polish manufacturers and representatives of global leaders present their offer in a dedicated hall.

This specialised trade show is also an annual opportunity for influential meetings of experts from many areas of business, science and art, a venue for conferences, symposia and cultural side events. Amberif always features an extensive programme of exhibitions, seminars, meetings and education sessions.

We now have the results of the 24th edition of Amberif Design Award, the International Amber Jewellery Design Competition, which this year had 130 artists from 25 countries. This marks another impressive rise in the interest in ADA. Amberif Design Award received 169 entries, nearly 15% more than the year before. ADA’s honourees come from Poland, Finland, Taiwan and Iran. This year’s theme of Ultimate Beauty prompts a reflection on the importance of aesthetics and the aim of the competition is to promote amber as an inspirational material for artistic interventions. The Grand Prize, sponsored by the Mayor of Gdańsk, PLN 10,000, went to Marcin Tymiński, Poland, the Amber Prize to Helena Lehtinen, Finland, the Silver Prize to Meng-Ju Wu, Taiwan. The Jury awarded two honorary mentions to Adriana Lisowska, Poland, and Fatemeh Darzidarounkola, Iran.

We need to wait until August for awards to be presented in the exhibitor-dedicated AMBERIF SELECTION Most Design Innovative Product Competition, which has been part of Amberif since 1995 but this time will have a new format: it will not only give awards to the best entries but also involve a strong and consistent promotion of the winners through advertising campaigns for both Amberif and the industry in Poland and worldwide.

Join us for AMBERIF, the 27th International Fair of Amber and Jewellery in Gdańsk, Poland, 26-29 August 2020. It’s good to be here!

dates: 26-29 August 2020
venue: AMBEREXPO Exhibition and Convention Centre, ul. Żaglowa 11, Gdańsk, Poland
organised by: MTG SA Gdańsk International Fair Co.
project manager: Anna Pilch | | t. +48 58 55 491 07
honorary auspices: Polish Ministry of Economic Development, 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, Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts