Gold Dragon Ring 18K
Gold Dragon Ring 18K by George Collins
Explore our gold dragon rings at Lunar Rain. We have different varieties of dragon rings all made of 18k solid gold with colourful enamel in different colours. Our gold dragon rings are a part of our All The Devils Are Here Collection.
Both the outstretched wings and the head of the dragon fit on the front of the ring. The hand painted enamelled body loops around the finger and forms the band. The ring comes in 5 colours; red, black, blue, yellow and green. However, this ring can also be custom ordered in other colours and colour combinations. For example, we can create a striped blue and purple dragon.
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Design Inspiration for the gold Dragon Ring
Our gold dragon rings were created by designer, Melissa Chen, who drew inspiration from the jewels from the Waddesdon collection and Renaissance dragon jewellery pictured below.
The history of dragons spans across cultures and civilizations, from ancient times to the present day. Dragons hold a significant place in mythology, folklore, and popular culture, captivating the human imagination with their majestic and often fearsome presence. This expansive topic will be explored in detail, covering various cultural depictions, symbolism, and the evolution of dragon lore throughout history.
Ancient Origins: The concept of dragons can be traced back to ancient civilizations, with some of the earliest known depictions appearing in Mesopotamian and Egyptian art. In Mesopotamia, dragons were associated with chaos and destruction, represented as large, serpent-like creatures. In Egyptian mythology, the god Apep took the form of a giant serpent or dragon and was viewed as an adversary of the sun god Ra.
Europe: Dragons of Legend and Lore In European folklore, dragons played a prominent role in mythology, legends, and medieval literature. They were depicted as powerful, fire-breathing creatures associated with destruction and chaos. Dragons often guarded treasures or kidnapped princesses, setting the stage for valiant knights to embark on daring quests to slay them and prove their bravery.
One of the most famous dragon-slaying legends is that of Saint George, a Christian martyr who is said to have vanquished a dragon in order to save a princess. This tale became an integral part of medieval literature and art and contributed to the popular image of the dragon as a fierce adversary.
Norse mythology featured dragons as well, with the most well-known being Nidhogg, a monstrous dragon that gnawed at the roots of the World Tree, Yggdrasil. Dragons were often portrayed as antagonistic creatures, embodying chaos and posing a threat to both gods and humans.
Asia: Dragon as Divine Entity and Symbol of Power One of the most extensive and enduring dragon traditions can be found in East Asia, particularly in China, Japan, and Korea. Chinese dragons, also known as Long, are revered creatures symbolizing power, luck, and prosperity. They are believed to bring rain, control rivers, and represent the emperor’s authority. Chinese dragons have serpentine bodies, long whiskers, and the ability to fly without wings. They are depicted as benevolent beings with a mystical aura.
In Japanese mythology, dragons, or Ryu, are associated with water and are believed to inhabit lakes, oceans, and rivers. Japanese dragons are often depicted as having more slender bodies, with clawed limbs and long, snake-like tails. They are considered water deities and are celebrated during festivals like Gion Matsuri and Tango no Sekku.
Korean dragons, known as Yong or Yongsan, are similar to Chinese dragons, representing power, wisdom, and authority. They are associated with the heavens and are depicted with a serpentine body, four legs, and sometimes wings. Korean dragon imagery can be found in architecture, artwork, and traditional clothing.
Dragons in the Americas and Oceania: Dragon-like creatures also appear in the mythologies of the Americas and Oceania. In Mesoamerica, the Aztec and Maya civilizations revered a feathered serpent deity known as Quetzalcoatl. This entity combined traits of both a dragon and a serpent, representing wisdom, creation, and rebirth.
Native American cultures also have legends and folklore involving dragon-like creatures. For example, the Thunderbird is a powerful and revered figure in many indigenous mythologies. It is often depicted as a large bird-like creature with the ability to summon thunder and lightning.
Dragons in Popular Culture and Modern Interpretations: Throughout history, dragons have continued to capture the human imagination, evolving and adapting in popular culture. They have appeared in various forms of media, such as literature, art, movies, and video games. Notable examples include J.R.R. Tolkien’s Smaug in “The Hobbit” and the dragons of George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones.”
In modern times, dragons have become iconic symbols of fantasy and adventure. They are often portrayed as intelligent creatures, capable of forming bonds with humans, as seen in works like the “Dragonriders of Pern” series by Anne McCaffrey. Dragons have also been adapted into playful and friendly forms, such as in animated films like Disney’s “How to Train Your Dragon.”
And here are 4 paintings that served as the mood board for the dragon ring’s design process.
Symbolism and Interpretations: The symbolism associated with dragons is diverse and varied, often reflecting the cultural context and individual interpretation. Dragons can represent power, wisdom, protection, and transformation. They embody primal forces, the duality of creation and destruction, and the eternal struggle between good and evil.
In Chinese culture, dragons symbolize imperial power, prosperity, and good fortune. They are seen as benevolent creatures and a source of luck. Chinese dragon dances are performed during celebrations to bring blessings and drive away evil spirits.
In Western cultures, dragons have often been associated with danger, chaos, and the embodiment of evil. Their slaying by knights symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, and the hero’s journey to confront and overcome inner and outer challenges.
Dragon imagery is also used in heraldry and coats of arms, representing strength, courage, and protection. It is seen in national emblems, such as the dragon on the flag of Wales, which signifies the country’s proud heritage and identity.
The history of dragons is a tapestry woven through the ages, encompassing diverse cultures and mythologies. From ancient civilizations to modern popular culture, dragons have remained captivating and symbolic creatures. They embody a range of meanings, from power and wisdom to chaos and destruction. Dragons continue to captivate our imagination, inspiring stories, and reminding us of the timeless allure of mythical creatures.
Lunar Rain is a Canadian jewellery brand based in Vancouver, Canada. We ship worldwide and specialize in making fine jewellery inspired by nature.
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We currently have 5 collections:
Full Fathom Five – A collection inspired by sunken treasure and the sea.
Earthly Delights – Fantastical jewels inspired by nature, food and other earthly pleasures.
Gothic Romance – Jewellery inspired by gothic art, fashion and literature.
Celestial Dreams – Jewellery inspired by the stars and galaxies above and heavenly deities.
All The Devils Are Here – A darker collection inspired by witchcraft, hell, monsters and memento mori jewellery.
Our jewellery is designed by Canadian artist and designer, Melissa Chen. Melissa received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art.
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