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Jewelry Designers Get Fired Up for the Year of the Dragon


Lunar New Year is fast approaching, and jewelry designers are getting in on the celebration by offering their own artistic interpretations of the dragon and its ferocious spirit.

The Year of the Dragon begins Feb. 10. One of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, the dragon symbolizes good luck, prosperity, and strength. People born under this sign are considered natural leaders—and such charisma is reflected in dragon-inspired jewelry creations.

Jane Win debuted its Year of the Dragon pendant this month ahead of Lunar New Year, a time to gather, say goodbye to the past year, and welcome new beginnings, says designer Jane Winchester Paradis.

“This is a personal one for me, as when my daughter was young and we were asking everyone what animal they would be if they could magically transition, she—deadpan at age 8—said, ‘Probably a dragon.’ And we all cheered,” Winchester Paradis says.

Her coin pendant is made of 14k gold-dipped sterling silver and features a dragon and the inscription “et surgo” ( Latin for “and I rise”) on one side and the brand’s logo with the word “strong” on the other. Winchester Paradis says the pendant should remind wearers of the strength they each have and how they can rise like a dragon to take on all challenges.

“We love creating a special coin for the Lunar New Year, and what could be more fun than designing a dragon,” Winchester Paradis says. “Dragons symbolize a charismatic and intelligent soul, living life with a boost of natural luck. We have designed this coin as a piece to hold on to as a reminder to go for it, say yes to new adventures.”

Zodiac dragon ring
Loveness Lee’s Dragon Chinese Zodiac signet ring ($227), in 18k gold-plated certified recycled sterling silver, is engraved with ancient Chinese calligraphy depicting “dragon,” in honor of the Lunar New Year. (Photo courtesy of Loveness Lee)

For Loveness Lee, founder and creative director of her namesake brand, the Year of the Dragon is meaningful professionally and personally. Lee grew up in China and moved to London at 18 to study jewelry design. Her new Dragon Chinese Zodiac ring is infused with love for her cultural roots.

“Designing this ring was a way for me to feel closer to home, and in the process I found myself opening up to my team with stories I’ve never told of my life, my family, and my friends back in China,” Lee says. “I never expected our new Dragon Chinese Zodiac ring to be such a conversation starter, and I’m hoping that for anyone living abroad and who celebrates Chinese culture, each ring will ignite the same wonderful connections.”

Here are some other favorite jewels for Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon.


Anita Ko dragon
Anita Ko created a hand-engraved Dragon Talisman necklace ($10,500) for Lunar New Year in 18k gold with 0.57 cts. t.w. diamonds. (Photo courtesy of Anita Ko)


Cece dragon
Cece Jewellery’s 18k yellow gold pendant ($2,529) features a hand-enameled dragon and is set with brilliant-cut diamonds, symbolizing strength, success, honor, and fortune. (Photo courtesy of Cece Jewellery)
Faberge dragon ring
This Fabergé x Game of Thrones Dragon Skeleton Wrap ring ($58,500) has a pear-shape Gemfields Mozambique ruby along with diamond spikes and white and rose gold. (Photo courtesy of Fabergé)
Chopard dragon watch
Chopard’s L.U.C XP Year of the Dragon watch ($27,700) is decorated with Urushi lacquer, gold powder, and mother-of-pearl inlays within its 39.5 mm 18k ethical rose gold case. (Photo courtesy of Chopard)
Zales dragon pendant
For men’s jewelry, Zales offers this octagon-frame Dragon Medallion ($999) with 0.25 ct. t.w. diamonds. (Photo courtesy of Zales)
Ashley dragon
Jade is worn in Chinese culture to foster health and good fortune while warding off evil and bad luck, so to celebrate the Chinese New Year, Ashley Zhang created a 14k gold and jade bead bracelet ($685) with 0.05 ct. diamond. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Zhang)
John Hardy dragon
Resembling a dragon’s head, John Hardy’s signature Naga ring ($1,395) comes in sterling silver with white diamonds and blue sapphires. (Photo courtesy of John Hardy)

Top: Both sides of Jane Win’s Year of the Dragon coin pendant ($298) are inscribed with words and images to inspire strength and taking on new adventures and challenges. (Photo courtesy of Jane Win)

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Karen Dybis

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