AmberJewelry.com launches Romantic Jewelry Collection for Chopin's 200th Birthday Anniversary Celebration

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Amberjewelry.com marks its milestone 15th anniversary with the release of the Chopin Amber Jewelry Collection in celebration of another anniversary, the 200th birthday of the Polish composer Frederic Chopin. One of a kind designs in premium Baltic amber and sterling silver, entirely hand constructed by Polish artists, are the hallmarks of the jewelry collection.

Frederic Chopin, a child prodigy, performed his music publicly only about 30 times yet his music like Baltic amber continues to captivate the world’s imagination. The designs in this special jewelry collection are named after musical forms associated with Chopin, such as the instrumental ballade, piano sonata, mazurka, waltz, nocturne, polonaise, étude, impromptu and prélude. Reminiscent of the lavish styles worn in Chopin’s day, the pieces are perfect complements to his romantic compositions. The hand fabricated line is designed around oversized amber stones, wrapped in Old World embellishments, featuring botanical motifs and elaborate sterling silver silver flourishes.

Countless festivities, competitions and concerts are being celebrated non-stop this jubilee year worldwide, from Austria to Cairo's pyramids, across Asia and beyond. The astronauts who blasted into orbit on the Endeavor space shuttle Feb. 8, 2010 carried a CD of Chopin's music and a copy of a manuscript of his Prelude Opus 28, No. 7.

Born in Poland on March 1, 2010, Chopin lived in Poland for the first half of his life. At the age of 20 he arrived in Paris to further his musical career. Just before his death at age 39 of what was probably tuberculosis, Chopin asked that his heart be returned to his beloved homeland. While his body is buried at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, his heart is preserved much like a saint’s relic in an urn of cognac sealed for safekeeping in a pillar in the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw.

2010 is also Amberjewelry.com's 15th Anniversary. The American company deals exclusively with Baltic amber from Poland.

The company began searching in 2009 for premium hand crafted one of a kind pieces suitable for wear during the age of Romanticism in Paris. The private salons of expatriate Polish and French nobility were the venues where the reclusive Chopin gave his best private, intimate performances and the ladies attending were undoubtedly bejeweled and fashionably attired in the manner of the day.

"We searched for antique, vintage looks with large high quality amber stones, ones which best capture the universal beauty of Chopin's music and the romance of the time,” says Holly Chmil, co-owner of and daughter of Amberjewelry.com founder, Andzia Chmil.

“Finding the pieces and keeping them affordable was a challenge ” says Andzia Chmil. “Large pieces of amber are dearly priced and large quality pieces even more so. Many in the amber trade have stopped making jewelry with larger pieces given the escalating upward spiral of Baltic Amber and the ever diminishing supply. The trend has definitely been to use more silver and less amber to compensate for the amber shortage in the last few years."

Amberjewelry.com, a Baltic amber specialist since 1995, features the work of dozens of amber jewelry producers and manufacturers in Poland. The Chopin Amber Jewelry Collection and hundreds of other amber jewelry designs are available online at http://www.amberjewelry.com and in their showroom in Scranton, Pa.

Amberjewelry.com is the only retail jewelry company in North America that has been granted the prestigious Certificate of Recommendation from the International Amber Association in Poland every year since 2003. Members have committed themselves to meeting strict criteria. The Certificate and the use of its logo serves as a guarantee of the authenticity of the raw amber material used, of the processing method, the good quality of the entire product, as well as to the company’s reliability. Recommended companies must comply with Amber Classification System created by the IAA. Amberjewelry.com is one of only 50 companies in the world to be granted this certificate.

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