Amber - a valued gemstone in Ancient Greece and Rome, and in Arabian Countries. Men and women have worn Amber for it’s beauty and medicinal properties for hundreds of years. Amber is crafted into unique works of art by many outstanding designers enjoy creating fine jewelry with gemstone quality Amber pieces.
Each year, before we travel to the gift shows, I look at our store inventory (Gallery Escalante) and think about what’s missing or what might be added. Last year I did a little research on possible stones and ended up looking at Amber. Since we carry Jewelry made of Petrified Wood, Trilobytes, and other fossils, I thought it might be fun to add Amber to the line-up from Copper Raven.
I did a little digging and found two vendors at the Gift Show that sell Amber and put them on the list to visit with at the show.We always make a list of vendors for repeat orders and their booth numbers. Then take note of new products and any we’ve searched for in order to be sure we don’t miss anyone. Lots of vendors have show specials that we try and take advantage of. Last year we did acquire some Amber pieces we thought were quite nice. I made them into necklaces and they all sold right away.
That encouraged me to see whom else might wholesale Amber pieces and discovered gem-quality Baltic Amber pieces from a company in Maryland. Late in May, early June, we finalized an order and the quality of the Amber is stunning. Far and away higher that what I acquired last year (and more expensive) and a better offering for our customers. They provided me with a brochure on Baltic Amber and the classifications of International Amber Association in Poland.
I created a two size necklace for this particular pendant using glass beads. 1,650 beads are formed into tubes that provided the framework for the piece. I’m working on a second piece and will post it when compete. I’m going to look more closely at the offerings at the trade show, but imagine I’ll be doing most of amber buying in Maryland.