YEREVAN, October 30. /ARKA/. It is necessary to open a jewelry art museum in Armenia, Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobyan said Tuesday at “Prospects for Armenian jewelry development” conference in Yerevan.
“Armenia has several century-long jewelry art traditions, and today it is necessary to open a museum, which will display the history of the Armenian jewelry art and the potential of our masters to the whole world,” Hakobyan said.
Such museum will foster not only preserving and presenting the several century- long traditions, but also their further development, she implied.
Hakobyan also said Diaspora Ministry of Armenia is to publish a special album dedicated to the Armenian jewelry art, as well as the catalog containing the biographies and works of the Armenian jewelers.
“I think the catalog will contain a lot of information, but we must acknowledge that it is our national pride,” she added.
On his side, a president of Armenian Jewelers Association (AJA) Gagik Gevorgyan said AJA was going to publish two albums “ Culture and Life of Vaspurakan in the early 20th century” and “The batons of Armenian Catholicoses.”
According to him, the first project is being implemented in association with St. Petersburg State Ethnography museum, and the second- Holy See of Etchmiadzin.
“Prospects for Armenian jewelry development” conference is held within the framework of the Second jewelry exhibition, where one can find works of jewelers from 20 countries worldwide, such as Armenian, Russia, the U.S., Thailand, Italy, France, Lebanon and India.
The Armenian Jewelers Association (AJA) was established in 1997. It is one of the first international trade association in Armenia. AJA’s goal is to bring Armenian jewelers together to develop the country's jewelry industry. The Association has regional representatives on the west and east coasts of the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and in Armenia. ($1 – 405.73 drams).-0-