Off in the distant shores of Arabia, the beautiful Sheherezade told tales to keep her prince enchanted. We think she could have told tall tales about our cufflinks, starting with the very first, the tale of Ali Baba and the forty-first thief…
You see, whilst Ali Baba was sneaking into the thieves’ secret cave using the infamous words “open sesame” he was being followed by another unlikely thief. A very cheeky monkey also crept into the cave and stole the first thing he could get his paws on. Unfortunately for him, this happened to be a rather large bottle of the finest beer in the land, resulting in a drinking problem for the poor chap.
Not to mention that Ali Baba’s secret cave was later besieged by fearsome pirates who plundered their way through mountains of diamonds, rubies and gold. It was told that the pirates were so protective of their stolen treasures they even had them set into their skulls after death, so no other could take them away.
That was, until they encountered Sinbad the sailor on one of his many voyages. Attacking the pirates he sunk many of their ships, taking with him all of the spoils from the cave. Including; sapphires, pearls, silver and gold, even three apples that would cause misery untold.
A shopkeeper, who had travelled for three weeks in search of a rare apple for his sick wife, bought the fruit in question. But once back home, his wife told him she was too sick to eat the apples. The shopkeeper, unable to help his wife further, returned to work only to see another man carrying one of the apples. Upon further questioning the man revealed that his girlfriend, whose husband had travelled far and wide to get them, gave it to him.
The shopkeeper, fearing that his wife had been unfaithful, rushed home to discover that one of the apples was missing. He killed his wife in a fit of passion and covered his crime by wrapping her body in shawls and hiding it in a trunk. However, upon discovering that the man was lying and had in fact stolen the apple, the shopkeeper was distraught. He vowed that he would forever cherish the apples that killed his wife, and covered them in the purest Sterling silver.