Here is the mother of my dragon — and other highly detailed/hidden treasure — jewelry designs. It’s a dragon-shaped bell that I got in the 1980s.
” …. I found a man selling a silver bell shaped like a dragon. The artist told me it was a ‘happy dragon.’ I had to ask: why was it happy? ‘Because he had a really good knight,’ the guy said, turning the dragon over to show me the tiny knight-shaped bell clapper inside. I thought that was the cutest!thing!ever! I bought it, and you can see from my jewelry designs that the concept of hidden treasures left a huge impression on me.”
Here’s the knight inside the dragon.
You can see the dragon bell’s influence in a lot of my work but the most recent example is my 18K-gold Jonah and the Whale Maneater ring. Here’s the diamond whale swimming in a sapphire sea on the outer part of the ring …
… and the white-gold Jonah on the inside of the ring.
I found the dragon bell when I visited my parents’ house last month to clear out some of my childhood things. It was the No. 1 item on my wishlist, and I’m so thrilled to have it! My Empress Wu dragon earrings and ring can now spend quality time with their direct ancestor.