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Written byKarolina Drąg
Przez cały rok we wszystkie dni tygodnia - serdecznie zapraszamy!
Written byAnna Sado
Today, we all remember the murdered president of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz, stressing how much he did for his beloved city for over 20 years of the presidency. With this amount of accomplishments, the fact that it was during the time of His presidency that Gdańsk became the World Capital of Amber disappears.
"Gdańsk is the most wonderful city in the world" - this is one of his last sentences spoken on the stage of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Gdańsk. It is difficult not to admit to him, observing how fantastically the city has developed over the last two decades. One of the pillars on which it was consciously built was - and we believe that it will still be - Baltic amber. Amber, with whom Gdańsk and Poland have been associated for a long time, and which thanks to numerous promotional activities made Gdańsk an unquestionable World Capital of Amber.
Such a name - Gdańsk - the World Capital of Amber - has a project aiming to promote Baltic amber and to popularize knowledge about it. The project implemented by the President's Office for City Promotion includes many different events, of which the most important are the AMBER LOOK Trends & Styles Fashion and Amber Gala during the Amberif International Trade Fair of Amber, Jewelery and Gemstones (in cooperation with the Gdańsk International Fair), where they are presented the latest collections of fashion and jewelery designers; International Amber Workshops (in cooperation with the National Amber Chamber of Commerce), during which artists from different countries will learn about amber and the secrets of its processing - as a result, often including it into their favorite stones; "Trend Book" publication, which since 2011 systematizes information necessary to forecast stylistic trends and use them in the design of amber jewelery (the initiative of the city, the Academy of Fine Arts and the National Chamber of Amber); numerous exhibitions - including the last one, "Baltic Amber. Tradition and innovation ", which is a specific documentation of all significant achievements in the field of modern amber industry. Since the project "Gdańsk - the World Capital of Amber" to the city development strategy, the amber ideas that were born in Gdańsk, but often covered the whole country (such as signing a letter of intent between the parczew poviat and the municipality of Gdańsk and the amber industry organizations) in the field of using deposits in the Lublin province or the Forum of Cities of the Amber Route), and sometimes even the world (eg the World Amber Council), there were many more. Not all of them are continued, but all together strengthened Gdańsk's unique position as the World Capital of Amber and Poland - a country commonly and positively associated with this stone. "Amber is our competitive advantage" - Paweł Adamowicz used to say and knew how to use this advantage skillfully.
"Thanks to Mr. President, we felt that someone was interested in us and our affairs. The personal commitment and initiative of the head of Gdańsk led to the creation of, inter alia, the declaration of good amber craftsmanship, the opening of the Amber Museum, commissioning of the amber plenipotentiary, implementation of the regulation regulating the lease of urban land for exploration of amber deposits, and the construction of a modern Amber Expo exhibition facility. Mr. President was a real Gdańsker who felt personally responsible for his city, and his greatest treasure - amber - was very important to him. It is thanks to the favor of the President that industry organizations supporting the dynamic development of the industry and the promotion of the Gdańsk goldsmith school have been developed all over the world "- recalls Adam Pstrągowski, president of the board of S & A S.A.
For many years, Paweł Adamowicz awarded amber jewelery every year to medals of the President of Gdańsk, thanking them in this way for their merits in the promotion of amber and Gdańsk - the World Capital of Amber. Today, unexpectedly and too early, the time has come to thank Him for the invaluable contribution in this field - is there any medal that could express the gratitude of the amber industry ...?
"Time and health are two valuable treasures that we do not recognize and we do not appreciate until they are exhausted"
Amber is an unusual resinous mineral which, apart from its indisputable aesthetic properties, has been the subject of interest for health professionals, aesthetic medicine and cosmetologists for many years. In order to reach the beginning of the analysis of amber compounds with medicine, one should go back to antiquity, where amber was widely used in folk medicine [1,2]. It was thought that it protects against fever, tonsillitis or sore throat. In the Arab world, he was a panacea, considered to be effective in various kinds of ailments . Amber was used in various forms, solid, liquid, powdered or resin (after heating).
One of the breakthrough dates is the year 1546, when G. Agricola, a German mineralogist and physician, obtained succinic acid via dry distillation . Today, it is a well-studied substance and widely used in medicine or cosmetology. Baltic amber contains about 3-8% of it, mainly in external weathered or "amber bark".
Succinic acid is a natural catalyst for cellular transformations and can therefore have significant properties for our health. Scientific research confirms the action of acid as a biostimulant. It stimulates the nervous system, regulates the functioning of the kidneys and intestines, is an anti-inflammatory and antitoxic agent. It can also be effective in the treatment of diseases of the nervous system, bronchitis, rheumatic diseases and asthma .
Amber is also often used for the production of tinctures, which may be used for prevention of myocardial pain, problems with blood circulation, blood pressure or heart failure [3,5].
Whereas modern cosmetology uses the bactericidal and antioxidant properties of amber. Succinic acid can act as a means of slowing or completely inhibiting the loss of ions, including potassium.
Ointments, oils and amber creams are created (for rheumatic, asthmatic or irritation). On the basis of amber, whole lines of preparations for face, body and hair care are produced. They support the fight against bacteria and free radicals, and mitigate the effects of burns and insect bites . Creams improve the hydration and greasiness of the skin, increase its firmness and elasticity. They clearly reduce the roughness of the skin and the depth of wrinkles, regenerate the tired skin, stimulate its metabolism and prevent the formation of free radicals. Cosmetics are also attributed to soothing anxiety and nerves .
The use of amber for our health is therefore extremely wide. Both for our physical and mental health. In addition, beautiful amber jewelery can improve our appearance, shape our image, and thus affect social perception and well-being [6,7,8].
We cordially invite you to visit the Amber Museum in Krakow.
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