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Friday, 27 March 2015 13:56

Lithuania will start amber mining

Written by  Anna Sado
Guests of honor of the exhibition opening (from right to left): G. Guntorius, Amber Trip exhibition organizer, MP J.Olekas, Deputy Mayor of Vilnius R. Adomavicius, guest of exhibition, member of Lithuanian Social Democratic Party, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Economy R. Noreikiene, Culture Minister S. Birutis, the President of the Kaliningrad Amber factory M. Zacepin, Deputy Director of the Department of Tourism J. Raguckas. Guests of honor of the exhibition opening (from right to left): G. Guntorius, Amber Trip exhibition organizer, MP J.Olekas, Deputy Mayor of Vilnius R. Adomavicius, guest of exhibition, member of Lithuanian Social Democratic Party, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Economy R. Noreikiene, Culture Minister S. Birutis, the President of the Kaliningrad Amber factory M. Zacepin, Deputy Director of the Department of Tourism J. Raguckas. Photo by; Amber Trip

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.

The press conference was attended by Jonas Satkunas, a Director of Lithuanian Geological Survey, who reported that amber deposits exploration and production works can begin as early as this year. Lithuanian Ministry of the Environment will announce a competition for these works; several business members have already stated an intention to participate. The annual quota of amber mining could reach about 30 tons per year.

In exhibition – exclusive collections 

The participants and visitors of 12thinternational exhibition have also had an exclusive access to renowned collections. In this Amber Trip exhibition Amber Workshops Tsarskoye Selo from St. Petersburg (Russia) presented 26 replicas of various collections: Amber room fragments, objects of scientific reconstructions of lost Berlin and Kongsberg collections, Amber icons, as well as creative masterpieces of various amber masters.

The exhibition also displayed the Thunder Stone. It is the largest Lithuanian amber nugget pulled out from the Baltic seabed that weights 3,820 grams. This unique amber nugget have been wandering around the world for a long time, and has even visited Kuwait. 

The increase in the number of participants and the area 

The largest international exhibition of jewelry and amber in the Baltic countries this year attracted a record number of participants – their exhibition was attended by about 150 jewelry and amber participants from all over the world, and several dozens of artists. The exhibition was visited by VIP buyers even from a remote corner of Russia – Kamchatka Peninsula, Japan or Kuwait.

The total area of the exhibition has grown to such a size as it was in 2008, the year the global financial crisis began, when the maximum exhibition size was reached.

“We can safely be proud of the increased number of participants and exhibition area – it shows the recovery of the Baltic jewelry market”, says the exhibition organizer.

As every year, during four exhibition days there were the latest technology and trends of jewelry industry, as well as the latest works of world jewelry professionals introduced. 

We look forward to growth 

“We hope that in 2016 amber and jewelry exhibition Amber Trip will reach a bigger number of participants yet. We observe such market trends that amber products get more interest in Arab countries, America and Europe interest grows as well. We will aim for this show to have more impact on successful transactions of each participant”, says the exhibition organizer.

 

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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