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Restoring the Shine to Beirut’s Threatened Armenian Jewelers


Beirut’s Armenian district of Bourj Hammoud has long been recognized as a center of high-quality jewelry. However, with growing international competition and instability domestically, these craftsmen have been suffering. John Owens speaks to those who hope that re-introducing Armenian traditions and bringing cutting edge techniques into the sector will not just help save a community, but help preserve an Armenian identity threatened by long-term displacement.

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