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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 reintroducing Armenian traditions and bringing cutting edge techniques into the sector will not just help save a community, but a help preserve an Armenian identity threatened by long-term displacement.

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