Abu Salem used to sell lunchtime sandwiches to office workers in Syria's commercial capital. Since a rebel offensive turned Aleppo into a warzone last July, he has been buying up their heirlooms.
Gold pendants are displayed at a jewellery store in the Syrian capital Damascus on November 11, 2012.
In Syria's northern metropolis, as across the Middle East, those who can afford to have traditionally invested in jewellery for their womenfolk, especially gold, to ward against a rainy day.
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