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Baltyka Amber Story Beads, Rod Stewart & Pandora

August 4, 2010 5 Comments

Baltyka Amber Story Beads

We've all had it happen– A song gets stuck in your head and there it spins…over and over and over.  And generally, it is NOT a whole song– just a fragment, thanks.  For awhile you have fun with it, humming along, mouthing the lyrics. If you're like me you might even grab the leftover tube from a roll of paper towels and pretend its a mike… Ok, you're not like me.  See, there is always something to be grateful for!

Rod-stewart-imageMy tune today was Rod Stewart's classic "Every Picture Tells A Story," brought on by thoughts about's latest amber product line– Baltyka amber story beads.  Baltyka amber beads are easily compatible with all the major and not so major brands of story beads. They can go solo or join the party as an honored guest when worn with bracelets, necklaces and earrings from popular companies such as Lovelinks, Pandora, Trollbeads, ZoBeads, Chamila… Well, you get the idea.

Of course the song in my head was modified to "Every Bead tells a Story"  as I thought about all the stories we have– Our stories as children, our memories of good times as well as bad, our learning experiences along life's path. Our story as a collective and then our story as it folds into a personal journey with milestones and markers along the way.  Indeed, beads are a really neat way to do that and I see and appreciate the appeal that one bead can have for the wearer.  A meaning, a picture, a story that can be shared, a bead as a siBaltyka1ngle item or as a collection that tells the story of an entire tribe. 

Working with Holly and handling the beads and then seeing her photos of them, it was easy enough to come up with more stories and to to see how one word was evocative of a story and maybe even a best selling novel!

Calcified relics, salt, antiquities, purity & bliss led to inclusions, pre-history, secrets, comfort, joy, sweetness, homecoming and poetic justice… It only seemed natural then to add elements such as prayer wheels, roots, treasures, spicy chai, earth and sky.

Of course, putting these beads out into the universe made me think ofPandora-painting-john-williams-waterhouse story of Pandora as well as the prestigious jewelry company Pandora–  the original Pandora, whose curiosity just didn't allow her to leave that box alone.

She popped it open and ills and evils became rampant in the world.  But, bless her heart, she slammed the lid shut in her haste to stop the flood of evil and banality on the one thing key to human existence: hope.  And ages later, on a misty morning she somehow finds her way back to the box, lets hope out and back into the world.  Thank you, Pandora.

And thoughts of Pandora brought me right along to the fictional moon from Avatar the place where James Cameron's vision comes to life full of unique life forms. It would be easy to place the lush amber rainforests from millions of
years ago on Pandora–they would fit right in.  Of course, the subtext
of the Avatar plot revolved around one thing–a valuable substance
called unobtainium–the amber of Pandora! Pandora

Pandora, of course, is also a free online musical experience formally known as the  Music Genome Project where, according to Ted Westergren:

"Together we set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level….. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or "genes" into a very large Music Genome. Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song – everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It's not about what a band looks like, or what genre they supposedly belong to, or about who buys their records – it's about what each individual song sounds like."   Again, thank you Pandora! 

Like the world of amber, the worlds of Pandora contain many things, yet they all seem to drill down from the collective to the individual, from a giant cosmos to a world that fills your ears with music, your eyes with delight, your senses with magic and tells your story in a single bead. 

Butterscotch Baltyka Bead

Of course, my story is best told by the Baltyka amber bead–I wouldn't have it any other way! And I'm sure my friends will agree! Because every piece of amber holds a song & definitely tells a story- like this one, precious amber given to artist Rod Stewart by the mayor of Gdansk:

Rod stewart amber gdansk ambermoda

with thanks to Anna Sado, via

"On Thursday 26th July during his concert in Gdansk Shipyard Rod Stewart was given an amber bracelet by the mayor of the city of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz.

The concert was organized in order to celebrate the anniversary of August Agreements signing as a part of “A Space of Freedom” series. It was attended by more than 35 000 Rod Stewart fans. In their presence the mayor of the city of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz did up the amber bracelet on the singer’s wrist with the words: “Rod, we are giving you what we have the most precious, that is Gdansk amber.” The artist assured that he “will cherish this gift for the rest of his life”. And it seems that it is indeed true because apparently he wore it during one of his subsequent concerts.

The bracelet was made in Ambermoda workshop from Sopot, owned by Danuta and Mariusz Gliwinski. On the black leather strip, in a silver frame there was placed a natural Baltic amber in yellow. According to the author this is the colour of amber being characteristic for the Baltic region.

You see, even the smallest objects can tell very big stories.

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