Italian Porphyry and Sterling Silver Cufflinks

• Handmade 100% Made in Italy • Materials: Sterling Silver 925; Italian Porphyry • Small : 1,7cm Medium 2 cm

These 925 silver cufflinks feature fragments of ancient Roman marble known as red porphyry. Characterized by its dark red hue with white or pink inclusions, red porphyry was primarily quarried in Egypt and has been utilized since the Ptolemaic era. Its extraction and use became increasingly common during the reign of Trajan in Rome. The stone was employed in sculptures, including statues and sarcophagi, as well as inlay work for intricate floor designs.

Red porphyry's popularity soared to such heights that Diocletian selected it as the exclusive decorative material for his palaces. Its distinctive dark red color, contrasted with white or pink inclusions, made it highly prized. The stone's durability and elegance made it perfect for adorning grand structures, imparting a sense of prestige and opulence. The use of red porphyry in ancient Rome highlighted the era's artistic and architectural prowess and underscored the appreciation and admiration for this captivating stone.