From Mine to Store: Victor Velyan’s Fire Opal Baby Dragon



From the moment Victor Velyan saw the giant Mexican fire opal embedded in this jewel, he imagined it as the red-hot end of a gold-stemmed habanero pepper. “It was sitting on my desk for three years,” says the designer. “And one day I walked in and said, ‘That’s a little girl dragon.’?” Plans were quickly hatched in his Los Angeles studio for a baby dragon with a face that was “cute and sweet” but didn’t bely her true nature: “She’ll grow up and be mean,” he says. “You can just tell.” The pendant debuted at Las Vegas market week 2012, priced at $130,500. There were
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