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Report from the exhibition “Amber. Treasure of the Baltic Sea” in the Gliwice Museum

How did Baltic amber end up in Gliwice? What are the amber fruits from the royal table and the amber Lady with an ermine doing there, and how did carnival characters from Venice appear there? Until January 7, 2024, Villa Caro presents a true and fantastic vision of amber in art, history and cultural history. So if someone [...]

"Amber. Polish Treasure" - a report from the exhibition at the ISEZ PAN Natural History Museum in Krakow

From December 14, 2022 until March 10, 2023 In the Natural History Museum of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow, an exhibition entitled "Amber. Polish Treasure" is available to visitors. This exhibition presents a wide range of works using amber in decorative objects and jewellery. It is an opportunity to get to know the works involved in the promotion of the City of Gdańsk as the world capital of amber. […]

Amber oil and other amber derivatives

Nowadays, we are more and more willing to turn our attention to all forms of healing, especially the natural one. This is not a coincidence, because in the constant rush and overwork, our bodies demand a moment of breath and care for their own well-being. The sciences of herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, naturotherapy, etc. have become popular. The question is - how to relate to this […]

Amber pressing

Reconstructed amber is more and more common and arouses more and more interest due to the relatively low price. What is it and how is it created? Does it retain the properties of natural amber? The so-called amber pressing is a process aimed at fusing small pieces of amber (sometimes even amber powder) into larger pieces suitable for jewelry. It mainly uses [...]

What is Ukrainian amber?

Amber is inseparably associated with the Baltic Sea region. However, it turns out that succinite can also be found in areas far away from it. Where did it come from and is it different from that of the Baltic Sea? At the beginning it is necessary to clarify the mechanisms of amber deposits formation. All Baltic amber deposits are secondary deposits, i.e. [...]

Postcards from the Amber Museum

The Amber Museum offers postcards that can be a nice gift or a memory of visiting our museum. Amber jewelry of Dorota Cenecka, Tomasz Kargul or Jacek Baron, as well as sculptures of amber decorated with amber by Jacek Sumeradzki and Mariusz Drapikowski, as well as objects of Herald and Eric Popkiewicz - these are just some of the exhibits from the Krakow Amber Museum and products offered in [...]

Amber, succinite or amber?

The names of precious and semi-precious stones have different origins, often they result from the characteristics of a given stone. Terminological complexities are also associated with our national treasure - Baltic amber. The name succinite comes from the Latin word succinum meaning juice [1]. The first mention of this name appeared in the work of Pliny the Elder written in the first century BC "Natural History". "Our ancestors also believed that amber is a wood juice (from Latin sucus), calling it for this reason [...]

What do fish and Baltic Amber have in common?

Admiring the Baltic amber jewelry, we are often surprised by the unusual color, the degree of transparency or the shimmering glitters refracting the light. Where do the mysterious "scales" make amber such a luminous stone come from? The history of extracting the natural beauty of Baltic amber is very long. Already in the 17th century, methods for clarifying amber were known by prolonged heating of nuggets in linseed oil, which filled the pores in succinnas making it more transparent. Heating of amber wrapped in paper in [...] was also popular

Blue amber - facts and myths

It is well known that Baltic amber comes in a wide range of colors. Dairy, yellow, orange or cognac or greenish colors are no longer a surprise. However, blue is still controversial. Ambiguous colors, light figures and flickering effects of stones arouse admiration, sometimes in combination with suspicions. Where does this rainbow opal play come from? Why labradorites and moonstones hypnotize [...]

Colombian copal - a unique resin or imitation of Baltic amber?

The word kopal comes from the word copalli, which in Nahuatl means 'incense'. This fragrant stone has fascinated people with its resinous smell and unusual appearance since the beginning of time. Nowadays, it is often compared with Baltic amber, due to its similar appearance, despite its different properties. Are these resins more divided, or maybe they have more in common than [...]

Methods of extracting Baltic amber

Sunny stone - Baltic amber - is invariably associated with holiday trips to the sea, searching for golden particles on the beach in hot sand in the company of the sound of waves and the screams of seagulls. However, there are other methods of extracting this valuable resource, more about them below! Already in the 16th century in the work of M. Kromer "Poland, or about the situation, population, customs ..." [...]

Red Baltic amber - a few words about modification

Juicy red Baltic ambers have not been impressed with their clarity and saturated color for a long time. Some people think of rubies, others like pomegranates - one thing is certain: jewelry with cherry amber looks extremely elegant. But why are they red? You will find the answer later in the article! The richness of colorful varieties and degrees of transparency of natural succinite make each of the nuggets different [...]

Cosmetics and other amber-based products available at the Amber Museum!

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with our offer. To meet the expectations of our visitors, we have prepared the following range of box products: natural amber soap, natural mud and amber soap, bath salt with mud and amber, softening mask cream with mud and amber, face cream with amber extract, cream hand with mud and amber, cream for [...]

Flowers of Podlasie - the Bondarowski collection

Feerie of colors, Art Nouveau composition and elaborate decorations, or a few words about the collection dedicated to endangered species of plants from the Podlasie region prepared by the Bondarowski brand to celebrate the centenary of Poland regaining independence. The latest collection of Podlasie flora is a kind of tribute to Polish nature. Although the presented species are "ours" they seem to be exotic because of [...]

Amber Chariot

One of the stories is that ambers are fossilized tears of Heliad, Faeton's sisters who was the son of the sun god. Harald Popkiewicz inspired by mythical history and sunny stone, created a unique object that can be admired in our Museum. Spring has come to the Amber Museum, due to a sunny chariot by Harald Popkiewicz, illuminating the Museum. "Chariot" was created in 2006. By […]

Fragments of the world from millions of years ago enclosed in amber nuggets - briefly about inclusions in Baltic amber

Inclusions in Baltic amber have always been treated in a special way. They are currently sought after, admired and appreciated. They are also the subject of scientific research. They should be treated with due respect because they conceal the "life" of many millions of years ago. To start with, let's start by explaining what inclusions in Baltic amber are really? So the inclusion in amber is called [...]

Amber memory of Paweł Adamowicz

Today, we all remember the murdered Gdańsk President Paweł Adamowicz, emphasizing how much he did for his beloved city for over 20 years of presidency. With this number of achievements, the fact that Gdańsk became the World Capital of Amber disappears during his presidency. "Gdańsk is the most wonderful city in the world" - this is one of his last sentences spoken on the stage [...]

Jan Pomianowski - an outstanding artist from Kashubia

Today's article presents another outstanding artist from the amber world, cooperating with the Amber Museum in Krakow and Boruni galleries. We invite you to familiarize yourself with the figure of Jan Pomianowski - an artist whose jewelry even has the Norwegian royal couple. Jan Pomianowski was born in Gdynia, but for over twenty years he has lived and worked in Kashubia. He graduated in painting at the State [...]

Cheap imitation or real amber? Succinite verification methods

Amber is one of the oldest and most popular materials used in jewelry, what is more it is the first decorative mineral used on a mass scale in history. He was known in ancient times, being a trade object for most Europeans living at that time. The transport of amber at that time ran through much of Europe, the so-called "amber trail". Amber is an element of Polish culture, as evidenced by [...]

Health and beauty. The most important advantages of succinic acid

Time and health are two precious treasures that we do not recognize and appreciate until they run out. Walter Disney Amber is an extraordinary resin mineral, which, apart from its indisputable aesthetic properties, has been the subject of interest of health specialists, aesthetic medicine and cosmetologists for years. To go back to the beginnings of the analysis of amber and medicine, one should go back to antiquity, [...]

Jacek Baron - designer, creator and precursor of avant-garde jewelry

Today's article aims to present the silhouette of Jacek Baron, one of the precursors of avant-garde amber jewelry, not only in Poland but also in the world. We invite you to the history of innovative amber art dating back to the 1980s. Jacek Baron has been designing and creating jewelry for over 30 years, and today his works are a considerable resource of several [...]

Jacek Baron's new collection seduces at first sight

Sometimes one look is enough to be seduced by the charm of sophisticated jewelry. Instead of fighting this feeling, it is better to enjoy the senses with the beauty of the artist's form, nature and craftsmanship. This is what the latest collection of Jacek Baron offers. It is important that there are no two identical forms, and the uniqueness of the products is emphasized by the artist with subtle and meticulously made bindings of the highest quality [...]

Facts and myths - amber, or what?

Amber is a source of many secrets and curiosities that hide the history of our planet, which is why there are many myths and stereotypes surrounding this mineral. Particular interest in the ore is due not only to its history, but also to its unique appearance. It has fascinated collectors for centuries and pleases the eyes of enthusiasts around the world. Amber color - but what color is it? I often hear that [...]

Dominican amber - adventure and beauty ...

 Indians, Columbus, Caribbean, mountains, donkey transport and Jurassic Park. It all sounds like a beautiful adventure trip. The history of Dominican amber, one of the most beautiful and the most interesting fossil resin, takes you on this amazing journey and adventure. Dominican amber is derived from deciduous trees and contains from 0 to 3% of succinic acid, so much less [...]

Amber in archeology

Amber is the first decorative stone ever used on a mass scale. He was known among others to ancient Greeks, Romans or Egyptians. He even reached the Arabian Peninsula and the Far East civilization. From the beginning, he also accompanied cultures inhabiting the Baltic territories, which is why he is strongly embedded in the European, and above all Polish jewelery tradition. (Brochure Baltic Amber [...]

Between history and modernity

Amber has been an inspiration since the earliest times. In the Paleolithic, it was used to create all kinds of decorations, including amulets and artifacts. In the ancient world, he appeared in legends, local stories, and during religious rites. Thanks to its charm, it has been a source of jewelry inspiration for over 3,000 years, and Poland is currently the world leader in production [...]

Infrared spectrometry

Effective and non-invasive identification of Baltic amber is possible. Infrared spectrometry is the most commonly used spectroscopic method of analyzing Baltic amber (succinite) and other natural and artificial resins, often constituting the basis for their identification. The use of this method in the study of fossil resins began in 1963-1964 in three research centers: in Germany, the USA and Russia. In Poland, for the beginning [...]

Fauna and flora of the amber forest, which is a few words about inclusions in Baltic amber

Discover the traces of life from 40 million years ago preserved in Baltic amber. Inclusion in Baltic amber is everything that got into it naturally, when the resin flowed from the trees. They are mainly plants and animals that lived in the amber forest, but they can also be air bubbles, water, dust, sand or [...]

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