These cufflinks are the perfect gift for someone who's hard to shop for. Exclusively designed for The Aga Khan Museum, the deep lapis lazuli makes them an instant conversation piece.
The lapis lazuli, sourced from the Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan, was highly valued by the Indus Valley Civilization (3300-1900 BCE). By the end of the Middle Ages, this semi-precious stone was being exported to Europe where it was ground up to produce the finest, most expensive of blue pigments. Those pigments were used by some of the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, including Titian and Vermeer, and was often reserved for the clothing of central figures of their paintings, especially the Virgin Mary.
Dimensions: Approx. 1.8 cm diameter
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