‘Jewellery is the profession of Armenians,’ says Vahe Hovhannesian, a Syrian-Armenian who sought refuge in Yerevan as war erupted in Aleppo [Dorian Geiger/Al Jazeera]

Yerevan, Armenia – Vahe Hovhannesian, a 31-year-old jeweller and Syrian refugee, sits by his work table in a studio in Yerevan. 

An empty coffee cup, full ashtray, pliers, monocular glass loupe and weighing scale are scattered in front of him, along with a small pile of gold chains. His

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