Preservation of Memory and Family Through Jewelry Archives
In historic Armenia, jewelry was used for a wide variety of reasons. During the genocide, not only was historic Armenia erased, everything in it (including buildings and cultural centers) were destroyed. As pieces of authentic jewelry from this now-extinct region began to make their way throughout the diaspora, they serve today as an important mechanism for piecing together bits of a culture shattered into a million pieces by genocide.
Examining jewelry artifacts is a pertinent way of linking the past with the present, honoring victims (survivors and deceased) of genocide, and preventing genocide from occuring by actively fighting against the annihilation it attempts.