These subtle, yet stylish, cufflinks are ideal for any occasion and feature high quality Lapis stones from Afghanistan.
Gems and stones indigenous to Afghanistan include Lapis Lazuli, Chrysocolla, Aquamarine, Kunzite, Ruby, Sapphire, Amethyst, Emerald, Tourmaline and Garnet. These incredible gems, traded for millennia along the legendary Silk Route in the bustling bazaars of both east and west, are once again reclaiming their rightful place in the world market. Afghanistan was the source of lapis lazuli for the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, as well as the later Greeks and Romans. The best lapis lazuli is found in Badakhshan province in north-eastern Afghanistan and has been used for millennia in jewellery. The word lazuli is derived ultimately from the Persian lāzhward, the name of a place where it was mined and which came to be associated with the stone and, eventually, with its colour.