It’s been a while since Suzanne Hopping of PAXSUZbeads has come out with a charm and I have long been eager to see what she has in store for us next. Over the weekend, she unveiled her newest designs called Longevity Dragon and the Wheel of Life. Suzanne draws from Eastern philosophies and influences which is why her aesthetic appeals so much to me.
I was immediately drawn to these charms because the dragon is common lucky symbol and architectural motif in China. I have many childhood memories, going to restaurants, parks, and nearly in every building and seeing the dragon. Here, the dragon is wrapped around the longevity character which is another prosperous symbol. Together, these embody the Chinese saying, “May your life be as steadfast as the mountains and your good fortune be as limitless as the seas.” The Wheel of Life, otherwise known as the Dharmachakra in Buddhist culture, represents the teachings of Buddha and the cycle of rebirth. This design reminds me of a yin and yang center and the rays of sun; a very stylized wheel with an Asian flare.
I am ecstatic over these two new additions to Suzanne’s PAXSUZbeads collection and can’t wait to get them! These charms have large diameter cores and can fit on all bracelets including Pandora. For those who haven’t seen Suzanne’s other creations, I highly recommend checking them out. The PAXSUZbeads Prayer Wheel is still one of my favorite silvers across all brands! These can be found on Etsy under PAXSUZbeads and ships from Australia. Are you a fan of this designer?