From Lair to Luxury: Lotus Arts de Vivre’s Magic Dragon

At Lotus Arts de Vivre, materials are made for mixing. The family-run jewelry and household goods manufacturer is based in Bangkok but maintains a global following among the cognoscenti, who adore its utterly original combinations of precious metals and gems with organic ingredients such as ebony wood, shells, and scarab wings. The ethos underlying Lotus’ flair for fusion has its roots in Asian, and especially Thai, culture, which has long celebrated beauty in all its myriad forms. This baroque bangle, for example—inspired by an ancient Chinese legend about the dragon’s power to provoke change—is the ­product of a rich blend of esoteric techniques that required more than three months to complete. The piece, which retails for $80,200, is one of a kind, though it has spawned a few lookalikes. “We have tried to create a semi-repeatable range with interchangeable heads, and we try

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