Since the dawn of history, gold has been prized for its beauty, its rarity, and its enduring value. Every great civilization throughout the ages has made gold the standard for preciousness. The kings and queens of Egypt, of Persia, of Rome, all have been drawn to the allure of gold. In the form of jewelry, gold enhances the natural charms of the wearer, providing an accent that is timelessly beautiful. This superb bracelet once adorned the wrist of an Afghanistani aristocrat. It is worked in the best Islamic tradition, with intricate detail but no graven imagery. One look and we understand it is something rare and precious. The individual who wears it today will be continuing in a tradition of richness that is as old as civilization itself.