I found this piece of gold jewelry with a dragon in Main St. Flushing, N.Y. I was going to shoot it from outside the shop when I thought I might ask the proprietor if it would be alright to photograph it from inside where there would be no glare from the window.
They buzzed me into the shop and four ladies in blue uniforms came forward and took the necklace out of the window and set it up for me to photograph. I took a couple of shots and they were very pleased as was I.
As you might notice the dragon is on the right side while a
Who would wear such a necklace? Certainly not me. Maybe a princess, a very rich princess of a very important Chinese dynasty.
Here's what it says about the Dragon Chinese Zodiac:
The dragon enjoys a very high reputation in Chinese culture. It is the token of authority, dignity, honor, success, luck, and capacity. In ancient China, a dragon was thought to speed across the sky with divine power. Emperors entitled themselves exclusively as 'dragon'; their thrones were called 'dragon thrones', their clothes 'dragon gowns'.
The phoenix has always been the symbol of rebirth or new beginnings.
The Dragon and the
Rooster phoenix are probably good matches. So it makes me think that a very rich Chinese lover would give his lady this necklace as an engagement or wedding gift.
UPDATE: The information graciously given by Chan Chee Khiong in the comments has made me correct my observations a bit.
Quoting Chan: "It's a necklace for wedding. The word on the 'heart' is usually used only for wedding which are two 'happiness' placed side by side.I think the dragon represents the groom and the phoenix, the bride. The pair are legendary creatures traditionally used to symbolise the masculine and the feminine and are usually shown together."
Also Elaine Ling had information for me. I should have asked people in the know before I wrote my commentary! Duh!
For other Dragons go to Melli's Prevailing Insanity