This gold-plated sterling silver cufflink features a beautiful centerpiece in lapis lazuli: an elegant personality statement, seamlessly inlaid in a classical and precious frame. The toggle is also in sterling silver with gold plating, while the underlying architecture is crafted from surgical stainless steel for strength and durability to last a lifetime. William Henry's cufflink collection features a fine palette of the exotic materials and forged metals that are the hallmark of William Henry's work. The CL3-1 Lapis Lazuli is an elegant eye-catching personality statement, the perfect addition to every man's wardrobe.
Lapis lazuli, or lapis for short, is a deep blue, semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its intense color. As early as the 7th millennium BC, lapis lazuli was mined in the Sar-i Sang mines, in Shortugai, and in other mines in the Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan.
At the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli began to be exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments. It was used by some of the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, including Masaccio, Perugino, Titian and Vermeer, and was often reserved for the clothing of the central figures of their paintings, especially the Virgin Mary.