Earrings designed by artists at Buduart. (Photo by Narek Harutyunyan, My Armenia Program)

Jewelry

Earrings designed by artists at Buduart. (Photo by Narek Harutyunyan, My Armenia Program)

The roots of jewelry-making in Armenia go back to the ancient times. Armenian women have always worn a lot of jewelry – necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets mostly made of silver and gold. The silver belt was an essential part of the look of married women, indicating a sign of perfection. The belts were further decorated with pearls and other precious or semi-precious stones.  

The main motifs in Armenian jewelry are geometrical, animal, and nature-inspired. For example, the most central and recognizable symbol in jewelry is the pomegranate, which symbolizes fertility and abundance in the Armenian mythology.  

Jewelry-making remains one of the most prominent spheres of the Armenian culture, and its tradition is carried on by numerous remarkable artisans around Armenia.  

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