Year of the Dragon Sparks Trends

Piaget's Year of the Dragon watch

New York–Dragons are having quite a year! First there’s that girl with that tattoo, then we’re seeing dragons all over children’s clothes as the new motif and that movie about training one, and even the award-winning HBO hit “Game of Thrones” promises a whole slew of dragons next season.

So it’s an interesting coincidence that the  Chinese Calendar has coined 2012 as the Year of the Dragon (which sounds a lot more optimistic than the Mayan Calendar’s End of the World if you ask us!).

John Hardy's Year of the Dragon Naga ring

The dragon is a Chinese symbol of luck, beauty, prosperity and spirituality. In response, luxury companies Piaget, Dunhill and John Hardy have all created specific collections to commemorate the Chinese year 4710.

Dragons on HBO's Game of Thrones will play a huge role this season

John Hardy’s Naga collection depicts the legendary dragon that must dive from his volcano-top home to the sea to visit his love (the pearl). His return each morning sends water through the rice fields, creating a bountiful harvest.

So they might have ancient mythical legend and lore, but for now, dragons are here to stay.

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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories Magazine for the past 12 years, Lauren Parker has covered accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.