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Monday, 13 April 2015 07:16

Amber Trip 2015

Written by  Anna Sado
Amber Trip 2015 Photo by: Aretha Kołodziejczyk

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 Amber Trip fair has gathered a record number of participants: 150 jewellery and amber exhibitors from all over the world, as well as a few dozen artists. Among the visitors there were the most important buyers, including those from such remote places as the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia; Japan and Kuwait. The total exhibition area was as big as in the year 2008, that is, before the global economic crisis. These data indicate a recovery on the Baltic jewellery market” - says Giedrius Guntorius, an organiser of the fair. 

The next edition will show whether the tendency prevails. Though, there are a lot of signs that it may be a rather far-fetched conclusion. “The exhibitors from the amber sector prepared a rich product offer, mainly with the Chinese clients in mind, and there were definitely fewer of them at the fair than in 2014. Therefore many of them were present at the Amberif trade fair in Gdańsk a week later, with a product offer very similar to that of Polish producers, but at lower proces than in Vilnius. Although the global amber market is unpredictable, if the tendency for prices to fall continues and supply continues to exceed demand, soon there will probably not be an economic basis for holding two events dedicated to the amber industry in the same month” - claims Aretha Kołodziejczyk from the Boruni company. 

The future of both events depends mostly on the buyers. This year's edition of the Amber trip has confirmed the tendency for a slow change on the receiver market: there were definitely fewer key buyers from China, but visibly more clients from the Arabic countries, interested in rosaries and necklaces. Will it be a new market for the producers of amber products? Time will tell. 

The visitors of the 12th edition of the Amber Trip had a unique chance to see the highest class works of the Carskosielksa Amber Workshop from St. Petersburg: replicas of the Amber Chamber fragments, reconstructed objects from the lost Berlin and Konigsberg collections, amber icons and works of various masters of amber art. The Thunder Stone – the largest block of amber in Lithuanina, fished from the Baltic seabed, was also presented at the Amber Trip fair. The block weighs 3,820 grams. Vilnius was another stop in its journey around the world, it has been presented in Kuwait and other places. 

An important event at the fair was a press conference devoted to the plans of amber mining on Curonian lagoon, near Juodkrante. At the conference, Jonas Satkunas, the director of the Lithuanian Geological Survey, confirmed that amber deposits exploration may begin even this year. The Lithuanian Ministry of Environment will announce a tender, and a few companies have already expressed their interest in it. The annual quota of amber to be mined may reach 30 tons. 

 

Anna Sado

Anna Sado

Trade journalist specialising in jewellery related topics. Since 2007 has been co-creator of the amber portal amber.com.pl

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