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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Omas Silkway

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For centuries, the ancient Chinese did not move away from China. But, about 2000 years ago, they began to travel to new lands. Over time, these travellers started to trade silk and other products in far-off places.

These traders from China began moving westwards to northen india and through Middle East. This trading route soon reaches as fas as Istanbul. This city is the place where Asia ends and Europe begins.

Silk was the main product that Chinese merchants took on their trade journey. They also took painted wooden goods, tea and spices. They exchanged these for gold, silver and other materials.

In ancient China, silk was a precious material, which made fro the thread silkworms spin to make their cocoons.

The Silk Way (routes) refers to the network of caravan and trade routes, covering approximately 8,000 km over land and sea, and along rivers, along which trade flowed in Antiquity between the Chinese Empires and the West. For centuries, caravans of camels loaded with silk passed along it.

Omas marked this history of man and of cultural exchanges with a limited edition masterpiece ("Silk Way") named after this router.

It is made entirely of solid Silver or solid Gold, on the surface of which can be seen meticulous enamel decorations of the most representative elements of the historic route.

On the cap, embellished with a jade tip, is masterly microfusion and enamel work symbolising the overland journey completed by the caravans of camels across the desert.

The clip, like the 18K Gold nib, is decorated with the arabesques which appear on the flag of the Republic of Venice, the homeland of the most famous traveller between West and East: Marco Polo.

In contrast, the reservoir represents the geography of the sea routes which connected the West, starting from the Venetian lagoon, to the East and the coasts of China and Indonesia.

Even today, the "Silk Way" is synonymous with exoticism, adventure, cultural exchange and travel to distant lands.

1,877 pens in 925 vermeil sterling Silver, made up of 1,000 Piston Filling Fountain Pens and 877 Roller Balls (1877 was the year the book Silk Road was published).

55 Piston Filling Fountain Pens and 12 Roller Balls in sterling Gold, representing 1255 AD (the year of Marco Polo's first journey to the Orient).

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