Simultaneously fearsome and fabulous, the Green Dragon embellishing this porcelain dynasty shard pendant evokes a sense of vitality. The dragon is pacing with its mouth open showing an intimidating set of teeth and a bright reddish-orange tongue. The dragon’s serpentine shape is highlighted with a burnt-orange colored spine and a mane of a lighter green.
The brilliant colors of the Dragon are echoed by red flake jasper beads with lighter inclusions of quartz as well as agate and jasper beads in variegations of green. I alternated the agate and jasper with copper saucer beads and green magnesite rondelles. The dragon pendant is wrapped in a bezel with a beaded design. The patina of the silver-wrapped bezel has a slightly copper tone which compliments the red jasper and copper beads. A copper hook clasp completes the design.
The necklace measures 21 ½ inches in length, and the pendant measures 1 ¾ by 1 5/8 inches. The dynasty shard pendant was created from pottery shards unearthed during excavations of Chinese porcelain factories thought to date from the Ming to Ching Dynasties.
Jasper has been used in jewelry from ancient times, and jasper jewelry has been found in archeological sites throughout the world. Jasper has traditionally been a warrior’s stone, representing justice, loyalty, and inner strength. It is also considered a stone of strength and vitality and is used to increase creative energy and stimulate positive action. Agate is thought to enhance self-confidence and concentration, and a dragon is said to bring abundance, prosperity, and good fortune. What a fabulous combination of elements in this striking necklace!