A couple weeks ago, Suzanne Hopping of PAXSUZbeads released her latest designs featuring far east themes called the Longevity Dragon and the Wheel of Life, aka Dharmachakra. Today, I’m taking a focused look at the Longevity Dragon which I loved from the get-go. The dragon is one of the most powerful creatures in Chinese mythology and a common symbol for good luck. They are depicted as long and serpentine, a much leaner version of the Western style dragon.
For the Longevity Dragon, Suzanne has depicted the auspicious fabled animal wrapped around the Chinese word for longevity. The dragon circles the symbol entirely and actually holds his own tail in his mouth. The “shou” character is embossed on the front and back, with the dragon featured on the top and detailed all around the outside of the bead. The charm is solid and on the larger side, the perfect complement to Trollbeads and *redbalifrog* silvers.
For those of you unfamiliar with Suzanne’s work, these beads have large cores and can fit on all bracelet types, including Pandora and Trollbeads. Her brand, PAXSUZbeads is hosted on Etsy and has her entire line of charms for sale. Also check out my reviews on her other charms, including The Eagle, Art Deco, Diamond Heart, Universal Cross, Prayer Wheel, and Pax. I’m so excited about this bracelet as it showcases a few really awesome beads I recently acquired and a number of other Chinese motif beads (I have a surprising number of dragons!). Isn’t this design exquisite?
Bead index (starting from left, Trollbeads unless otherwise stated): Redbalifrog dragon lock, unique red ornament, LE birds and flowers, eye bead, LE red tinsel, WT Hong Kong dragon & phoenix, unique black line and dots, unique red longevity, LE dragon & phoenix, black triple pearls, root chakra, WT Hong Kong auspicious, unique black ornament, naughty dragon, unique red ornament, PAXSUZbeads longevity dragon, onyx, unique red eye, LE dragon, unique black spirograph, unique red ornament, happy dragon, LE peacock pearl.
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