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In 2013 he was accused of tax evasion in Russia. As a wanted notice was issued for him, he found shelter in Poland. Though he does not know how this story is going to end, he has decided to try to continue running his amber business here. 

Contrary to expectations, the Amberif trade fair didn’t provide an answer to the question about the nearest future of the amber market. Though, the fair has shown that the market is really saturated both with the raw material and products.

Although there were visibly fewer buyers than last year at the Amber Trip in Vilnus, the event can boast a higher number of exhibitors and a larger exhibition area. 

This year, the largest international exhibition of amber and jewelry in Baltic countries Amber Trip 2015 has launched an exclusive event – a press conference on plans to mine Lithuanian amber, lying in the Curonian Lagoon beside Juodkrante.

An article about amber has been published in Goldschmiede Zeitung (GZ), a leading German monthly magazine for the jewellery and  watchmaking industry. The article mentions the Amberif trade fair, decreasing prices of the amber raw material, the Chinese market and modern Polish jewellery. 

In January 2014 the producers were paralysed by the prices of raw material going through the roof, as well as by the dramatic lack of the raw material. Today the prices have fallen by half, and there is a lot of raw material on the market, though its quality is not always good enough.

2014 turned out to be very good for the Lithuanian amber industry, and in 2015 amber mining from the deposits located in the Curonian spit is meant to begin. The condition of that industry will be put on test for the first time this year at the Amber Trip trade fair that will be held in Vilnius over March 18th and 21st

The tremendous size and cultural diversity of the Indian market certainly can put off amber jewellery producers who are focused on China and are not looking for new outlets. In Neeraj Kayathwal's opinion, however, now is the right time to invest there. Why?

From the Chinese perspective, the global amber market seems to look different than from the European perspective. Mostly because their perspective is a lot wider...

Although she has been participating in amber trade fairs for year, it wasn’t until this year that she started using amber in her work. At the Amberif trade fair her collection was entirely sold out as soon as the trade fair was opened. She will have another attempt at presenting it to the public at the Ambermart trade fair. What are we going to see?

Amber is a fascinating topic, though you need to know how to get information about it into people's hands. Or perhaps even their subconsciousness...? Max Kwiatkowski, the originator of a private Amber Museum in Jarosławiec has found the way.

“A great success of the Amber Expedition I was initiating and tightening contacts with people from various countries, who are interested in cooperation on the amber route. In order to benefit from this unique potential we have decided to continue the project” – says its leader Lechosław Ochocki.

Following the Russian declarations, it was supposed to fulfil the needs of the producers from Kaliningrad in the first place, and the excess was meant to go on the market where everybody was going to have an opportunity to purchase it. The current situation, however, can be briefly summarised as: it was meant to be wonderful, but it ended up as usual...

We know so little about what is happening in amber art in other countries. Who are the artists? How do they perceive amber? What do they want to tell us in their works? The exhibitionAmber in Contemporary Jewellery at Putti gallery in Riga is an opportunity to find the answers to the questions above. 

Although many people have heard about The Battle of Grunwald, sculptured in Baltic amber, and many have surely seen it, only a few people know who the authors are. Why do they remain in the shadows?

This year's edition of the Amberif trade fair was marked by more intensified than before search for alternative resins to Baltic amber - not even necessarily the ones that could be used as the "Baltic" imitation, but simple the ones that would present equally well in jewellery.

On March 19th at the Amberif trade fair, the representatives of the Polish amber industry met the delegates of the Kaliningrad Region in order to discuss their future together. Is it possible? And if so, on what conditions?

Art7 Wojciech Kalandyk and Arlekin are the winners of  Mercurius Gedanensis 2014 competition.

The award granted by the students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź was granted this year to Piotr Zarański (Zarański amberdesign) for the simplicity and minimalist form of a silver bracelet with amber.

The most important news from Kaliningrad over the past year was the Oblast Development Programme until 2020, adopted by the government of the Russian Federation; the Programme places considerable emphasis on the reform of the amber industry.

The owners of the Amber Gallery-Museums, Virginija and Kazimieras Mizgiris, were looking for new artistic solutions and got the idea to redevelop one of the museum halls to create a new exhibition, in which visitors can feel the amber through artistic expression.

On the exhibition made with the use of modern arrangement forms you can admire the amber in different aspects: beginning from natural specimens, also with inclusions, by amber archaeological ancient monuments for objects of arts and crafts and the jewellery performed from this raw material.

In the 80s. when he dealt with Dominican amber research, nothing seemed to indicate that two decades later he would be the owner of one of the largest private collections of fossil resins in the USA, and the largest internet shop selling literally everything that is connected to his unusual passion.

This year, from among three nominees, the Committee chose Gabriela Gierłowska to be the Amber Personality of the Year 2013.

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