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     Jacek Baron's new collection - he seduces you from the first look.

      Sometimes one look is enough to let you be seduced by the charm of sophisticated jewelry. Instead of struggling with this feeling, it is better to enjoy the senses with the beauty of the form, nature and artistry of the artist.

      This is exactly 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 bonds of the highest quality metals and ores.

      In the latest collection, Jacek Baron eagerly reaches for floral and zoomorphic motifs, and his hallmark is modern and avant-garde bindings that surprise with original concepts. Jewelry is hand-made, which makes it possible to extract a unique splendor and the unique beauty of amber.

      The Jacek Baron brand is a synonym of modern design and elegance. By purchasing signed jewelry, you can be sure of the uniqueness of the product.

      Unique jewelry requires a unique packaging. Each element bearing the name of Jacek Baron is placed in a specially designed wood with an amber-like structure. Inside there is a certificate confirming the authenticity of the model.

      We invite you to successful purchases of the latest collection!



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 Today's article aims to present the silhouette of Jacek Baron, one of the precursors of avant-garde amber jewelery, not only in Poland, but also in the world. We invite you to the history of an innovative amber art, dating back to the 1980s.

      Jacek Baron has been designing and creating jewelery for over 30 years, and today his works are a considerable resource for several important muses and art galleries, including our Krakow Amber Museum.

      Today's hero began in the 80s, when there was a fashion for amber "eyes" in frames of blackened silver with floral motifs. During this period of drought on the market and the lack of modern jewelery art, there was the idea of creating something groundbreaking. Jacek Baron introduced a combination of silver sculptural forms with modern designs, previously unheard of, often of caricature size. Amber in these works complemented and emphasized form. A new approach to amber art has resulted in positive reviews both in Poland and abroad.

      In addition to shape, form or size, the art of Jacek Baron from the beginning distinguished the uniqueness and precision of the finish. It is so unique that one of the cuts of stone used by the artist bears the name "Baron Cut." The author individually adjusts the cut and binding, which makes each of his jewelry unique.

      In addition, the artist created a collection of mechanical jewelry. This means that amber in the jewelry of Jacek Baron creates modes that spin. Imagine a jewelry that can be set in motion! It is possible and available at your fingertips in our museum.

      The described achievements of Jacek Baron in the field of jewelery make that the author should be boldly regarded as one of the most important artists of the amber world. It is also worth emphasizing that they are not mass-produced works, and each product has its unique contribution, which emphasizes the uniqueness and individuality of the offered works.

We invite you to read the latest collection of Jacek Baron, about which you can read in the article: "The new collection of Jacek Baron."

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     Amber is one of the oldest and most popular materials used in jewelry, moreover, it is the first decorative mineral used on a mass scale in history. It was known in antiquity, being the object of trade for the majority of Europeans living then. The transport of contemporary amber went through a large part of Europe, the so-called "amber trail".

     Amber is an element of Polish culture, as evidenced by even the largest mineral trade fair in the world, held every year in Gdansk, in addition, Poland is the world's largest producer of amber jewelery, and the products are popular all over the world. The popularity of resin that has been preserved for centuries, as well as the prestige and quality of amber jewelery, means that there is still a lot of demand for it. Unfortunately, the opportunity to trade in artificial amber is also popular. So how to distinguish real mineral from imitation?

     Real, natural amber has special physical and chemical properties. Some of them can be easily checked in home conditions, and some require specialized tests.

The most important features of amber:

amber is light, but heavier than the weight of water, amber floats in salt water. Therefore, the home method of verification may be a brine technique, which consists of salting the water and throwing amber into it - it will float.

- the so-called. musk breakthrough - chipped amber is associated with a clam shell or has a stepped structure.

- another method of verification is the burning of amber. The ignited amber burns, emitting a characteristic resinous smell. An interesting fact is that one of the names of the mineral - Bernstein "burning stone" comes from this property. Baltic amber should smell nice, pleasant resinous scent, kapals have an intense, aromatic scent, and imitations smell like plastics. The resinous scent is also felt when a hot needle is applied to a real succinite. In addition, small, pulling threads will appear on the needle.

- amber has electrifying properties, so when rubbing it with a suitable material, eg wool, we stimulate these properties and amber can attract small objects. It is interesting that these electrical properties are reflected in the scientific nomenclature, because the electron from Greek means amber.

Baltic amber on the Mohs hardness scale is located between plaster and calcite. On the scratched amber surface, a white crack and fine crumbs form, while plastics after scratching form spirally coiling chips.

Baltic amber is warm and light to the touch, imitation is usually heavier and cold.

Amber reacts poorly with solvents (eg acetone) while the imitations quickly dull and the surface becomes sticky.

     Thus, there are possibilities to verify the naturalness of amber in home conditions. However, they are not always 100% effective or safe, arson lighting can damage the natural beauty of jewelry, and they are not parameterized methods.

     One of the most effective and used in the world research methods of succinite and other resins is infrared absorption spectroscopy. In Poland, infrared spectra are obtained by two methods - transmission and reflection.

     In the Amber Laboratory operating at the Amber Museum in Krakow, the reflection method is used in the spectrometer with the ATR attachment. It is a fast, effective and most importantly non-invasive method of identifying Baltic amber as a raw material and products made of it. Infrared spectrometry includes the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation in the range between the visible region and the microwave area, i.e. between 14300 and 200 cm-1 (0.7-50 μm). Infrared absorption spectroscopy uses the phenomenon of selective absorption of infrared radiation by various substances. Absorption takes place when the frequency of infrared radiation vibrations is equal to the frequency of natural vibrations of their atoms or their coordination groups.

     The effect of the analysis is a certain diagnosis of the authenticity of amber. San also provides the basis for issuing the certificate of authenticity. Therefore, we invite you to purchase our certified, and above all natural, pros. In addition, our museum offers the opportunity to test the authenticity of products and conduct expert opinions for individuals, companies, offices and institutions. We invite you to cooperation!

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     "Nature is always smarter than human ideas" A. Kępiński

     We cordially invite You to the summer garden of the Amber Museum at Św. Jana 2 in Cracow.

     In the heart of the tourist city of Cracow, You will find a quiet and peaceful place where You can experience the history and culture of amber in the company of nature, flowers and beautiful greenery.

     The garden is available every day from 10 to 20. We invite You for fresh coffee and cold drinks!

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Facts and myths- amber colour, what?

     Amber is the source of many mysteries and curiosities, concealing the history of our planet, which is why many myths and stereotypes surround this mineral. A special interest in the ore results not only from its history but also from its unique appearance, including its uniquecolour. For centuries fascinated collectors and enjoys the eyes enthusiasts around the world. Also vivid reactions and interest in the diverse palette of the collection and history of our museum, served as a source of inspiration to create a series of articles on the facts and myths of the amber world.

     In this publication I will try to explore the secrets of the diversified colour of this popular raw material, which causes such a great admiration and fascination of the guests of our museum.

     Amber colour- but what is the color? I often hear that light brown, reddish, orange. The latter may, however, be more like a tea colour, which corresponds to the cognac amber. Light- yellow, sunny, which sometimes takes on a more yellow- white colour, is also well- known. Then we are dealing with milk amber. Difficulty in assessing and precisely defining the colours of amber results from the variety of this raw material. This stone can take on such colours as: cherry, green, or blue and have different physical and chemical properties. Among these minerals can be found various stones of different transparency, different diameter of gas bubbles embedded in them, or varied degree of weathering. Regardless of whether they are naturally shaped or expressing the modernity and craftsmanship of the artist modifying this mineral, they are a kind of unique and rare.

     To discuss main colour verieties of amber, it should be noted that the most common, and at the same time popular, colour of Baltic amber is the cognac shade. It is a natural colour that in the ancient times was the dominant that distinguishes this raw material from other minerals. However, it can be regularly varied by artists. Today, cognac amber is often embellished with characteristic "scales". Currently, they are so common that they testify to the authenticity of the mineral and Baltic descent. Scalesare obtained in an "autoclave" during the heating process in the presence of gas. After a while, the hot amber begins to crack, which will result scales inside.

     The natural shade is also the natural shade. It occurs practically in the whole range of tones- from white to yellow. The colour results from differences in the internal ctructure of the mineral. Generally speaking, amber can appear in a transparent and opaque structure, which is determined by the presence of gas bubbles and their quantity. The transparent form is characterized by a lack od bubbles structure. Among the representatives of this variety, we find the so- called "Trinket", honey amber, possibly with "cloud". Opaque variants, on the other hand, are characterized by the presence of gas bubbles in the structure. Those with more bubbles, about 900000 bubbles per 1mm2 of amber, are white. The internal structure of such a stone is obtained by the nature of foam, which creates a natural milk colour, while it is still quite transparent and unrampered. With a number of 25000 bubbles on the surface od 1mm2, an opaque yellow amber is formed.

     Few people know that some varieties of amber, such as: Dominican amber mined on the island of Haiti, have a blue colour. This natural variety of amber is known for its "role" in the film "Jurassic Park". An interesting fact is that despite the uniqueness of its colour, this amber is completely natural. The mining difficulties make it less accessible and therefore more attractive and desirable on the market of precious stones. An unusual and type of ore is green amber. The minerals in this colour can be both natural and created by man. The natural green shade is the result of contamination of the mineral with a plant detritus, called natural amber. There are numerous gas bubbles formed during the process of putrefaction of plants, and the colour is earthy and greenish. Green ambers may be the effect of the artist's modification.

     Red/ cherry reds are modified minerals, similarly black variety. They are obtained in an "autoclave" under the influence of high temperature and pressure in the presence of inhibitors.

     All kinds of amber, from the most popular cognac and dairy to less obvious green, cherry or black are natural amber. Some of their varieties have been subjected to human action. However, the basis of each mentioned amber is a resin from several thousand years ago, which can be subjected to a larger or smaller treatment. A polished, polished or cut amber which,by treatment, changes its colour, is called modified amber.

     Colour changes or the creation of scales require the artistry of the artist and a lot of experience, often associated with the loss of kilograms of minerals for science. This dedication, however, brings the artist great satisfaction, and at the same joy the customers receiving a unique product.

     We cordially invite you to our Borunia and Amber Museum galleries in Cracow, where specialists will present you with a collection of outstanding European amber jewelery, bringing you closer to the palette of amber colors!

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