February 21, 2012

My Niece, Sophie, Attends the Nomad's Way Charity Gala

Last Thursday evening I was invited to attend the Nomad’s Way Charity Gala held at the New York Public Library in Manhattan.  Nomad’s Way introduces the unique heritage and cultural identity of Kazakhstan.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend, but I asked my niece, Sophie Herbert, to be my ambassador at the event.  Sophie actually lived in Kazakhstan for several months after completing college and she is very familiar with the way of life there.  On display for one week were very rare pieces of antique Kazakh jewelry.  Throughout Kazakh history, jewelry was used to emphasize the importance of the female character and every detail of these fabulous pieces carries a very specific meaning.  In addition to the exhibition, there was a live auction of one-of-a kind pieces created specifically for the event by some of the most renowned jewelry houses in the world.  Each of those amazing pieces was inspired by the ancient artisanry of Kazakhstan.  Proceeds from the auction benefitted the Saby Charitable Foundation.

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