Jacek Baron: a pioneer of the contemporary amber industry fot. Ewelina Kowal-Nesterowicz
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Jacek Baron: a pioneer of the contemporary amber industry

Jacek Baron has been dealing with, designing and producing jewellery decorated with amber for over 30 years. He is known mostly for his creativity: the mechanical collection and the Baron Cut cut will surely become a piece of history.

 

Jacek Baron's contribution to the contemporary amber industry cannot be overestimated. His projects have turned out to be a breakthrough in the way of perceiving jewellery with amber and an inspiration for many designers and producers. Today, after a few years' break which he used for creating innovative jewellery with diamonds, he has come back to amber.

His adventure with amber began in the 80s, when there was a fashion for the so-called bouquet-style, that is amber "beads" in frames of blackened silver in floral motifs. They were so common and so little attractive design-wise that hardly any artist was brave enough to use amber. Jacek Baron was brave, as he also had a pretty good idea for amber: he created silver sculpture forms, modern, and often of grotesque sizes, where amber constituted a significant part of the whole. On a market craving new ideas and attractive designs, his jewellery was quickly acknowledged. It also found many clients, including foreign ones.

Jacek Baron became popular for his atypical cuts of amber stones. One of them, which created fanciful shapes of the cut stone into characteristic waves breaking the light became a real hit in the USA, where it became known as the Baron Cut. Even today it can be found, not only Jacek Baron's projects, but also in products by other companies, though not very often, as this kind of grinding entails significant wastage of this very expensive raw material. It is worth noting that the frames must be designed for the particular stone, which makes jewellery decorated with it even more special. The breakthrough moment in Jacek Baron's career was an innovative, even for the present times, collection of mechanical jewellery in which all cogs were made of amber, silver and plexi-glass, and they really work! The for the collection idea occurred when the designer got an offer to create jewellery for the fashion show with naked models. He reckoned that it would be far more effective to ... undress the models with the jewellery. The première show took place in 1998, at the Amber and Fashion Gala Amberif: in the final scene, an apron fell off the model and revealed a silver bikini - it happened with the use of a special thread, which was pulled out of the apron by a mechanic bracelet. The collection is really time-consuming, that's why there only a few copies of the necklaces and bracelets have been created so far. All of them are currently in private and museum collections, among others at the Museum of Natural History in Washington and a private Amber Museum on the Virgin Islands. And of course, at the Amber Museum in Cracow.

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