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Chinese Silver Six Dragon Bracelet

In the West, the dragon is sometimes associated with danger and fear… the opposite is true in the East. The Chinese dragon is good natured… a symbol of male energy, fertility… he is the highest ranking animal in China.

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"Dragons are meant to be awe inspiring as they represent the collective forces of nature", Patricia Welch, Chinese Art.

The dragons on this sterling bracelet face the sun and are surrounded by clouds… all symbols of good fortune…  and there are six dragons… an auspicious number that means happiness and blessings.

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So all of these symbols combine to suggest that this gorgeous piece of early 20th century silverwork was a wedding gift from a husband hoping for many sons.

0014When I look at this bracelet – hundreds of hours of hand crafted silver… it makes the traditional Western diamond ring look a little boring!

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4 Comments

  1. Phoebe
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous! Is there a way to buy the items you blog about, or is it meant to be simply informative?

  2. RP
    Posted March 9, 2013 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your comment! None of the items on the blog are for sale. If that changes in the future, we will make an announcement on the blog.

  3. Linda Klein
    Posted October 8, 2013 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    I have a pair of these wonderful silver dragon bracelets that I would love to sell.
    Have you ever helped private individuals with selling?

  4. Posted October 11, 2013 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    No… I am sorry but we do not buy or sell items.

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