These Azabache Jet and sterling-silver cufflinks are hand-crafted by artisans in northern Spain . . in the form of the Concha de Vieira scallop shell of El Camino de Santiago - which runs through Asturias in north Spain and into Galicia and then on to Santiago de Compostela (the 'field of stars'). They are symbolic of this Way of Saint James or Camino.
Azabache (Jet in Spanish) is notoriously difficult to carve, and specialist Azabacheros and "grabadores compostelanos" (who have trained over generations in northern-eastern Spain) have made these delightful cufflinks. It is said that "Jet purifies and protects", and in Spain it is known as "la piedra mágica" (the magic stone) because it is believed to offer protection and good fortune, especially for those staring something new. Jet originates from the Jurassic period on earth, some 65 million years ago, in the forests of the northern hemisphere - particularly in northern Europe.
Description: The jet and sterling silver cufflinks are in the shape of the scallop shell / concha de vieira, the symbol of the Camino de Santiago. Shell measures approx 13 x 13mm and the cufflinks close with a hinge.
Ships gift-wrapped with information card about Santiago, Scallop Shell symbol, St James and El Camino (see photo)