Handcrafted original Asian Dragon jewelry. Ranked first among mythical animals, dragons have been part of East Asian culture for more than 4,000 years. The Asian dragon breathes clouds, moves the seasons, controls the waters of rivers, lakes, and seas, and symbolizes fertility. They are linked with yang, the masculine principle of heat, light, and action, and opposed to yin, the feminine principle of coolness, darkness, and repose. In the religious traditions of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, they have been honored as sources of power and bringers of rain.
According to the Chinese scholar Wang Fu who lived during the Han dynasty from 206 BC to AD 220, “The dragon’s horns resemble those of a stag, his head that of a camel, his eyes those of a demon, his neck that of a snake, his belly that of a clam, his scales those of a carp, his claws those of an eagle, his soles those of a tiger, his ears those of a cow.”
The Ark Collection reflects our desire to connect with these animal totems and carry with us the qualities they embody. (link to Ark Collection shop page)
If you are interested in jewelry incorporating a particular animal, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.