Lydia is no stranger to hard work. The youngest of five children, Lydia has worked her entire life helping and teaching others, especially children when she spent 18 years at Jardinieres de la Mission Culturelle Francaise in her native Beirut. When most of the teachers left amid Civil War in 1976, Lydia stayed, including starting a class in 1982 that began with only eight kids and later becoming the Dean of the Pre-School in 1987. She would later leave for the United States in 1993.

    After arriving the US, Lydia studied at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and earned a graduate degree related to diamonds. Soon after she began working with her husband Ziad and their two daughters Amy and Alissa in their family’s jewelry store,”Almaza Jewelers” for the past 21 years.

    Almaza is one of the premier diamond jewelers in all of Houston. Lydia takes great pride in the family’s jewelry store and is especially proud of Ziad, who designs and manufactures the pieces. He’s been apart of the Houston jewelry community since 1968.

    When Lydia isn’t working, she enjoys listening to music, watching movies based on real stories, traveling, sudoku, Scrabble. She also has two cats, affectionately named Chardonnay and Merlot.

    Her motto is: If you have to do something do it right or don’t do it.

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