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Amberif Design Award 2015

Award  /  25 Mar 2015  -  28 Mar 2015
Published: 07.01.2015
Amberif Design Award 2015.
Gdańsk International Fair Co.
Barbara Schmidt
Ewa Rachon
DEADLINE: 09/02/2015
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The goal of the contest is to promote amber as a source of artistic expression. This year the competition subject is "Mimesis", described by Aristoteles as the attempt to undisclose the very basics and forces which move us all.
We have the honour and a pleasure to announce the 19th edition of the Amberif Design Award, which accompanies the 22. International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones AMBERIF 2015 in Gdansk, Poland.

The competition's aim is to promote creative thinking and new ideas in the design of amber art jewellery and to develop the knowledge about Baltic amber's properties and nature.

The Award’s subject will be:
Aristoteles described it as "Mimesis": the attempt to undisclose the very basics and forces which move us all. Since more than 100 000 years men and women make and wear jewellery. Was the first piece a love gift, a reconfirmation for peace, a healing media, a group marker, a memorable, an object for rituals, a media for exchange, or a sign for the own individuality and enhancement of the own beauty?

Very early natural material like amber has been used. Its inspiring colour spectrum, its exclusivity and its shapeability  stimulated makers to provide form and material to their ideas, desires and values. They created non-perishable symbols to reveal their inner world. Deciphering the early amber jewellery today we are traced back to our historic roots and the provenance of our values. Taking an even closer look we recognise that human values have hardly changed within epochs: They are as elemental as the natural amber.
- Barbara Schmidt, Competition Curator

About the International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones AMBERIF

AMBERIF is a trade-only event which covers a wide range of Baltic amber jewellery, silver and gold jewellery with gemstones, diamonds and pearls, designer jewellery, silverware, jewellery technologies, machines, tools and packaging. More than 450 exhibitors from Poland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Germany, India, Italy, Lithuania and the UK are expected, as well as 6,000 trade visitors from over 50 countries.

AMBERIF’s agenda is developed in partnership with our long-standing partners, including the SRJ Polish Association of Jewellery Experts, HRD Antwerp, the Pomeranian Skilled Crafts Chamber of SMEs, the Polish Chamber of Amber Commerce, the International Amber Association and the STFZ Goldsmithing Artists’ Association.

Among AMBERIF’s side events, it is the Amber Look Gala Evening that plays the leading role, with jewellery and fashion designers presenting their latest collections.


The competition has an open formula – designers, artists and craftspeople are all invited.
Only natural amber is allowed in the designs. The participants have the complete freedom of choosing the other materials.

Presentation of entries:     
Presentations on (2D) boards shall be accepted, in the form of a design executed in any graphic technique: drawing, rendering, visualisation or photographs of a finished prototype or model.
Each entry should be submitted in the form of a single 30 x 30 cm board.

Entry Form with the 2-D board/entry, should be sent to the MTG S.A. head office by February 9, 2015.

Participation in the Competition is free of charge.
The Prizes:
The Main Prize awarded by the Mayor of Gdańsk: PLN 10,000 gross exchange rate approx.  PLN  4.2 / 1EUR
The Amber Prize awarded by the International Amber Association – 1 kg of amber
The Silver Prize – 1 kg of silver


Competition Secretary
Monika Pain -
tel. +48 58 55 49 362

Competition Curator
Barbara Schmidt -

Amberif Project Director
Ewa Rachon -
tel. +48 58 55 49 134

Gdansk International Fair Co
11 Zaglowa Street, 80-560 Gdansk, Poland
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