Dragons….2012 was the year of the dragon! Mineshaft stocks a large range of carved gemstone dragons. We also have, from time to time, gemstone set dragon jewellery – but you have to be quick to find these, as they are popular.
The word dragon entered the English language in the early 13th century. Oriental dragons have been around a lot longer, and seem to begin to appear from as far back as the 16th century BC. The Japanese adopted the Chinese dragon through the spread of Buddhism around the 9th century AD.
European dragons will generally have wings and a nasty reputation whilst Chinese dragons are wingless, but can still fly. They can have anything from 3 to 5 toes, are more sinuous, and are associated with wisdom and Chi (Qi) – internal energy. Dragons can have a variable number of legs although most commonly have two pairs of lizard like legs. Chinese dragons are often depicted holding the pearl of wisdom in one of their front claws.
The dragon is a creature of myth and legend. It is a symbol of immense power. The Chinese regard the dragon as a divine beast whilst the reverse is the case in western mythology. The dragon is the Chinese imperial symbol, the sign of the emperor and is a symbol of power and wealth. (The Imperial Dragon has 5 toes, as it can read and write) The year of the Dragon comes around every 12 years. It is believed that all five Dragon years – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water – tend to magnify both success and failure. The year of the Water Dragon (1952, 1992 and 2012) is noted for its calm, visionary intelligence and balance of right brain creativity with left brain logic. It is believed that of all the Dragon years the Water Dragon is most likely to bestow the Chinese Five Blessings of harmony, virtue, riches, fulfillment and longevity adding more weight that 2012 will be a year of breakthroughs, not disasters.
If you have any questions send us an e mail. Below is a range of of some of our dragons.Click on the image for a larger picture. The bottom of this pages has some of the Dragon jewellery we stock.
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WINGED DRAGON FIGHT. Carved by our Bali carver in fossil mammoth ivory the detail is exquisite. The carving measures 75 mm by 84 mm. The cost is A$300.
Zebra Stone Dragon. Carved in Australian Zebra Stone by our own carver this piece measures 67 mm by 49 mm by 22mm and weighs 135 grams. The price is A$150.
Prehnite Dragon. This dragon is carved in a vein of Prehnite in matrix so is quite unusual. It measures 112 mm by 62 mm by 47 mm and weighs 200 grams. The price is A$150.
DRAGON carved in Antler. This is a beautiful and well done carving. It measures 105mm by 56mm by 16mm and costs A$300.
Gemstone carvings of dragons set in sterling silver pendants. Click on the image for a larger picture.
INDIAN AGATE Dragon pendant. This is a large “two toned” dragon set in a hand made fancy sterling silver pendant. The pendant measures 38mm by 31mm and weighs 21 grams. The price is A$150.
DRAGON pendants in sterling silver. These Dragons have a natural gemstone eye. We have dragons with ruby or emerald eyes. The price is A$80 and A$100. Click on the image for a larger picture.
DRAGON RINGS. These are made in sterling silver. We have them with eyes of either RUBY, EMERALD and SAPPHIRE (blue and yellow). The price is $100. Click on the image for a larger picture.
We have a dragon bracelet set with Garnet. We are making some more using Amethyst, Peridot, Chrome Diopside and Opal. These will be ready later this year. If you wish to ‘book’ one of these stones please email us.