13:03 GMT +322 September 2019
Listen Live
    Syrian jewellers. file photo

    Syria's Gold Bugs: A Troubled Country's Ancient Tradition of Luxury Workmanship

    © Sputnik / Fedaa Shahin
    Middle East
    Get short URL
    0 177
    Subscribe

    Syrian gold jewelry is made with a level of craftsmanship that draws upon millennia of experience, which is why it has won admirers around the world, Gassan Jazmati, head of the Syrian Association of Jewelers, told Sputnik Arabic.

    In an interview with Sputnik Arabic, Gassan Jazmati, head of the Syrian Association of Jewelers, heaped praise on Syrian gold jewelry, which he said is made with a high degree of precision and skill that have been inherited from times immemorial.

    According to him, "there is great demand for Syrian gold jewelry in foreign countries, including Egypt, Iran and Algeria; resellers earn good money because the work of our local jewelers is cheap."

    "Syrian goldware is recognizable because only our goldsmiths leave their own personal mark and a sign of our association on each piece, which confirms the authenticity of the gold.  We use 21-carat gold to produce the braid-shaped bracelets and chains, while 18-carat gold is used to make thin chains, necklaces and rings. Turkish goldsmiths have tried to borrow our system, but to no avail, Jazmati said.

    In this Oct. 29, 2007 file photo, Asma Assad, the wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad, attends an exhibition, titled a sea of jewels, at the National Museum in Damascus
    © AP Photo / Bassem Tellawi
    In this Oct. 29, 2007 file photo, Asma Assad, the wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad, attends an exhibition, titled "a sea of jewels", at the National Museum in Damascus

    He added that a Syrian goldsmith will never make forgeries, given that each and every gold piece bears his personal mark and that he understandably seeks to avoid tarnishing his image.

    In addition, the gold can be tested in a special laboratory in Damascus, and each gold jewelry piece has a quality certificate, according to Jazmati.

    The Central Bank of Syria has managed to stabilize the price of gold, prompting people to buy gold instead of dollars, which are often counterfeited.

    A single price for gold is daily established at 11.30 all across Syria. It depends on the world price per ounce and the local exchange rate of the dollar. Jazmati said that Syria has yet to establish cooperation with other countries on this issue.

    Never miss a story again — sign up to our Telegram channel and we'll keep you up to speed!

    Related:

    French Police Searching for Thieves Stealing 154 Pounds of Gold
    Fake Policemen Steal $5Mln Worth of Gold in Broad Daylight in Japan
    What You Need to Know About Scythian Gold Dispute Between Russia, Ukraine
    'Awfully Scared' Daesh in Fallujah Smuggles Jewelry to Mosul
    One Ring to Save Them All! Kickstarter Backs Jewelry With Panic Button
    Tags:
    jewelry, people, gold, dollar, Syria
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik