PAXSUZbeads Longevity Dragon and Wheel of Life

1625593_10200760876859031_266317513_nIt’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?

  • maybelline

    I saw these beads, to my surprise, in her Etsy shop a few days ago. I’m smitten with both! The Longevity Dragon will be a great addition to the Chinese/good fortune bracelet I’ve started. And when I saw the Wheel of Life, I immediately thought of the Philippines flag! I’ve been wanting to do a Philippines theme bracelet for a while, and the flag colors and three stars are easy to come by in beads, but I’ve been long waiting for a bead that would accurately represent the flag’s sun as well. I must have it! Suzanne’s Prayer Wheel and the Eagle beads are on my wish list too; she’s such a talented designer! Thanks for sharing as usual, Leann!

    • Leann

      Fantastic! I was soooo excited when I saw her post these. I am also quite head over heels for both. That’s a great analogy to the flag icon! What else do you have planned for that bracelet?

      • maybelline

        Well, I’ll definitely need some red & blue glass beads (I have Christmas Love 3 & Elegant Christmas 3 to cover part of that). And I’ll also need white & yellow glass or stone beads (gives me an extra excuse to buy Milky Quartz, and maybe throw in some ambers as well). I think I’d like to get TB Blizzard and the dark red and dark blue glow-in-dark beads from Elfbeads so I can have a glowing bracelet! I think the red, blue, yellow, & white TB chakra beads would look great on there too. I’m not sure what to do with silvers other than the Wheel of Life and star themed beads, but I’m sure something will come along as the bracelet comes together. And to top it off, I have the Sun, Moon, Stars lock (I love how each “moon” side has three stars, like the flag!). If you have an ideas, especially for silvers, I’d love to hear them! 🙂

      • Leann

        Oh those are great picks! It sounds like your bracelet is off to an awesome start :D. My Filipino friends make the best food, so maybe TB Breakfast or is that too off the wall?

      • maybelline

        Not at all! That’s a fine suggestion! The beauty in TB is that what your beads represent can be as direct or abstract as you want them to be and you can still come out with a lovely bracelet. 🙂

      • Leann

        Great! I can’t wait to see your bracelet, do share when you’ve got it started! 🙂

  • Teri

    I love Suzanne’s beads and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of her Longevity Dragon.

    • Leann

      Me too! Love the creativity behind her designs :D.

  • Joyce Hulings

    There is such depth and meaning to Suzanne’s beads. I can’t wait to get the Longevity Dragon.

    • Leann

      I completely agree! I was so drawn to these when I first saw them :).