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Samarkand (A Turquoise Odyssey)


The spectacular city of Samarkand, at the crossroads of the Silk Roads of yore, is as old as Rome with a history of human habitation going back up to 40,000 years. A land full of romantic exoticism, dotted with gems of Islamic architecture- immense in their scale and delicate in their beauty. Topping these gems are huge vivid turquoise domes- ribbed and ornamented or smooth and sparkling, standing out against the usually bright blue skies.....stoic, serene and ethereal.....giving a glimpse into a time that has become the stuff of legend and poetry and now an inspiration for Lai's new collection "Samarkand- A Turquoise Odyssey".

The collection not only draws from the architecture in Samarkand- the jalis, the arches and the domes- but also tries to highlight the beauty of turquoise gems by using it in various facetted forms and settings. 

As a gemstone turquoise's beauty has been highly prized for centuries, in some cultures it is esteemed as a holy stone, a bringer of good fortune or a talisman. For us, turquoise truly is one of those gems that possesses the rare quality of being perpetually in trend and timeless at once....forever chic and playful!

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