Discover the ancient beauty of amber

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Amber triple stone sterling silver earringsAmber is one of nature’s greatest creations and has been used in jewellery designing for many centuries. Our Amber Discoveries shows will showcase timeless sterling silver designs boasting this remarkable gemstone.

With each design featuring some of the oldest amber in the world, having been created over millions of years, these really are designs to treasure forever.

 

We have been fortunate enough to catch up with guest and expert Marzena Les to give us a little insight into some particularly special new looks…

Amber sterling silver dual-cut ring"This ring (left) showcases a very sophisticated technique of cutting amber, which joins the most modern technologies with the traditional techniques. There are two amber stones and there is not any silver between them – we are the only factory that joins amber this way! 

Archaeology is an old passion of mine, whenever I have time I watch programs about the ancient civilizations. Once I was watching a program about building the pyramids – they built it without any cement or binder. I thought why not join amber stones this way. I could show two or even three colours of amber in just one stone without any silver frame between them.

 

Making it isn’t easy at all. At the beginning we cut the stones by hand but we couldn’t get a perfect finish this way (even scientist still don't know how the ancients were able to built the pyramids without the use of high technology). Finally, we found a special computer controlled machine which can cut in three dimensions, it is a very precise tool which is used in the production of contact lenses. So now we combine this new technique with a hand-crafted finish.

Faceted amber sterling silver pendantWe will also be sharing this very special pendant with you (left). This is the first time we have included an exquisite facet-cut amber in this collection.

Only the purest amber stones can be cut this way (about 20% of all rough amber). Amber is a fossilised tree resin that trapped small pieces of sand, plants or other organic particles as it flowed down the tree trunk, making it difficult to find perfectly pure stones. Also, the loss during the cutting process is very high so each stone must be carefully cut by hand."

 

 

 

Amber sterling silver ringWant to learn more about this ancient gem? Tune into QVC TV tonight (Monday 9th July) at 10pm, and again tomorrow at 11am and 5pm for the full Amber Discoveries collection.

 

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