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Chinese Vermeil Gemstone Dragon Bracelet

If you have followed PrivateCollection from the beginning, you know that I love to find bracelets that have the dragon and pearl motif…there are a number in the PictureBook section…. this one is an excellent example of  ‘The Dragon that Roars’.


“In Chinese legend, nine dragons were born to the Dragon King. The youngest one, known as Pulao, was renowned for its mighty roar. "… Zhang He.

"The dragon is the highest ranking animal in China and is often found in association with the Emperor…there are nine types of dragons…this is the two headed dragon…named Pulao…also known as the dragon who roars." Chinese Art, A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery, Patricia Welch, 2008.


This bracelet is silver vermeil, the dragon heads are decorated with enamel flames…"to emphasize their powerful and supernatural nature"…(Welch) …The ‘pearl’ at the center is decorated with gemstones; moonstones and jade.

0032   The most amazing thing about this bracelet is the heavy mesh body of the bracelet which is totally flexible …snake like…all of my other mesh bracelets are fixed…inflexible.

I want to send a special thank you to a dear fiend who gave me this wonderful new book by Patricia Welch, It is a great resource…Thank you Elizabeth!

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  1. E.D. Mondaine
    Posted June 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    What is the purchase price of the bracelet “the dragon that roars?

  2. Susan
    Posted June 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I am sorry but the piece is not for sale.

  3. sandra gordon
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    I have the chinese vermeil gemstone dragon bracelet with the double dragon heads you have in your private collection. If possible I would like to know the value of it. I believe you had it posted in 2009.

  4. RP
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I am sorry but we do not publish prices for pieces in the collection.

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