Steel Impact™ Men's Stainless Steel Mother-of-Pearl Inlay Cuff Links

These classic stainless steel cufflinks are adorned with diagonal mother-of-pearl inlays. The hinge clasps provide a secure, but stylish fit.

  • Metal: Stainless Steel
  • Measurements: 1/8" x 3/4" x 3/4"
  • Collection: Steel Impact
  • Country of Origin: China

Mother-of-pearl is found on the shells of mollusks, such as mussels and oysters, and the shells of pseudopods, such as snails. When the young of these creatures come into the world, they create a shell "house" in order to preserve their existence. The walls of this housing are formed with layers of their secretions, ensuring a simultaneous growth of house and creature together.

Depending on the type of animal and the environment in which it lives, secretions create various shapes and colors found on the different types of mother-of-pearl. White mother-of-pearl comes from pearl-bearing oysters. It features high reflective properties and is one of the most commonly used types of this material. Iridescent mother-of-pearl is a type in which the colors of pink and green are predominant, while variegated mother-of-pearl is a multicolored type. Stone mother-of-pearl is white with a low reflective power, while mat mother-of-pearl is dull grey and also has a low reflective power.

The shiny quality of mother-of-pearl has attracted attention for thousands of years. The Louvre Museum features mother-of-pearl objects that belonged to the Sumerians and were found in Mesopotamia. In China, a dish with geometric-shaped pieces of mother-of-pearl was found that belonged to the Tang Dynasty in 618-906 A.D. Mother-of-pearl work was also common in ancient Italy, Greece and Cyprus. Today, different types of mother-of-pearl are commonly used in the art world. This type of art is certainly a challenge, for in order for them to be made into works of art, the mother-of-pearl pieces must be thick enough to withstand being worked upon and be of high enough quality to beautifully reflect colors of the rainbow.

Stainless Steel
Stainless steel, also called corrosion resistant steel, is a steel alloy with added iron and chromium. The metal is low maintenance, rust-resistant, durable, highly lustrous and extremely hygienic, making it ideal for items such as cookware, knives, surgical instruments, jewelry and watches.

The nearly-indestructible and masculine nature of stainless steel is appealing for many jewelry styles. It has a similar appearance to platinum and polishes to a glistening sheen. Any scratches that may occur from day to day wear can be easily buffed away without endangering the piece. Unlike traditional gold, silver or platinum jewelry, stainless steel jewelry is not poured into molds, but is usually hand-cut from a solid piece of steel, leaving no seams or weak spots. With stainless steel, your jewelry will last a lifetime.

Stainless steel was first recognized in France in 1821 by metallurgist Pierre Berthier. He realized the iron-chromium alloys maintained resistance from acids and recommended their use in cutlery. After several corrosion-resistance related discoveries and patents in Europe and the United States, Harry Brearley in England discovered a modern blend of stainless steel alloy. When it was announced by The New York Times in January of 1915, he was officially credited with the invention of this impressive modern metal.

About the Collection
Man-up to style with powerful, handsome accessories from Steel Impact men's jewelry. Designed especially for the gents, Steel Impact offers stylish, contemporary looks for confident men. Ruggedly constructed with 100% stainless steel and other durable materials, each piece in this collection makes a powerful statement.

Design details such as carbon fiber, steel cable and genuine leather add unique style to each piece, helping you stand out from the crowd. Stainless steel is built to last and will pair expertly with your existing jewelry and watch collections.

Jonathan GoodmanAbout the Guest
Men's accessory expert Jonathan Goodman has excelled in the luxury watch and jewelry sector for the past four years. Working towards an Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP) certification through the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Jonathan's unique understanding of jewelry composition and design offers viewers an insider approach to the appreciation and exploration of contemporary men's accents and attire.