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!).
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.
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.