Amberif Design Award



The exhibition presents works selected for the 23nd International Competition for Jewellery Design with Amber organized by the International Amber, Jewellery and Gemstone Fair Amberif. The aim of the competition is promotion of creative thinking and innovative solutions in jewellery-with-amber design. This year’s topic was: Kairos.

Recognise the right moment and quickly take a chance! Do not be afraid or hesitate to seize your opportunity! Give wings to your idea and the perfect answer will fall into your hands!

Ancient Pythagoreans thought Kairos to be one of the most fundamental laws of the universe, bringing together its dualistic features. By following them, time offers Kairos quality moments of chance, luck and opportunity. Thus, Kairos dictates that what needs to be said must be said at the right time.

To use Amber to express Kairos is only natural. At the right moment, Kairos was essential to encapsulate the insect, to embed it in time and patiently wait. At the right moment, we discover Amber fully blossomed in the maturity of its remarkable colours. (…)

Barbara Schmidt
curator of the contest

Jury composed of: Christianne Weber-Stöber, Germany (chairman), David Huycke, Belgium, Jurgita Ludaviciene, Lithuania, assessed 147 works submitted by 117 authors from 28 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and awarded the following prizes:

Sponsored by President of the City of Gdańsk – PLN 10 000:

Alberto Dávila Quesada, Mexico

A daring interpretation of the competition subject in the form of a mouthpiece instead of a classic piece of jewellery, such as a ring or pendant. A symbolic piece, it refers to the main topic of Kairos and carries a meaning related to the material, highlighting the beauty of amber. 

sponsored by the International Amber Association - 1 kg of amber:

Martin Radt, Germany
A moment of brutality and surrealism; the piercing of a piece of amber with a safety pin, where we cannot open the safety pin which also makes it a hidden kinetic moment. 


sponsored by KGHM Polska Miedź SA - 1 kg of silver:

Laurent Brune, Germany
Reveals the different colours and different possibilities of amber. Good quality and goldsmithery in the connection between the very different materials: metal and amber.


The Jury decided to award one honorary mention:

Wenzho Lin, China






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