Mythology of many cultures and regions depicts dragons as symbols of ultimate power and intelligence. From East Asia, through Western Europe, to Slavic nations it has been a popular motif in art and folklore for many centuries. The meaning and attributes of a dragon as a magic and supernatural creature vary from one part of the world to another, but most often it is presented as a protector of wealth and is identified with strength and good fortune. One of the most recognized dragons, the Chinese dragon is imperious, powerful and benevolent. The number nine is considered lucky in Chinese culture and this fact is reflected in the image of the Chinese dragon. There are a total of nine types of classical Chinese dragons and nine different animal resemblances make up their appearance. The scales of a Chinese dragons further display the significance of lucky number nine. It is said that dragons possess scales of both the yin and yang essence, with thirty six and eighty one scales respectively, both numbers being multiples of nine. In Chinese lore, dragons are lords of nature, commanding mountains, sky, sea and land, among them there are treasure dragons which guard buried riches. Starting in the Han dynasty, emperors took on the symbolism of the dragon as they hoped to bring prosperity to their lands. Today auspicious power of dragons still signifies strength, wisdom and good fortune. This limited edition of Dragon Cufflinks is made entirely of 18-karat gold. Only nine sets are available.