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Winged Dragon Earrings

Winged Dragon Earrings

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The dragon of the modern period is typically depicted as a huge, scaly, horned, dinosaur-like creature, with leathery wings and the ability to breathe fire. Iconically it has at last combined the Chinese dragon with the western one. It typically protects a cavern filled with gold and treasure and is usually associated with a great hero, who attempts to slay it. Many modern stories represent dragons as being extremely intelligent creatures who can talk, some with the ability to use magic. Often dragons are extremely ancient. Some are helpful and wise, whom heroes can consult for advice, while others are greedy and guard a huge hoard of treasure.

For the Greeks of the Classical times, dragons were terrifying serpent like earth-born remnants of an earlier age, dark creatures that had to be heroically eliminated. Dragons were guardians of underground sources of power, and often guarded the more literal sources, springs, where the watery underworld burst to the surface. The water-dragon most widely depicted was literally called the "Hydra." The serpent like dragon guardian of the spring or cleft, where healing and oracular properties must not be approached without caution, was a protector of the original inhabitants of Greece (Pelasgians) and their prehistoric lore. Always, in the literary myths that have survived, the hero from the new Olympian age is seen to destroy the dragon, never to consult it At Delphi the ancient oracle came from the Goddess's serpentine dragon deep in the cleft, the Python and his seeress; but Apollo "saved" the inhabitants of Delphi from its "ravages"— then assumed the oracular powers for himself.
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Each silver earring is 1 inch 18 GA .99 Silver with a .032 inch Sterling Silver wire, and each copper earring is 1 inch 18 GA Copper with a .032 inch Niobium wire. Since 1972, Quick Silver Mint has been creating authentic handmade medallions, available through their catalog and at festivals throughout the United States. Now, the designs are available here as earrings. Please check out the Learn More page or our Design Brochure to learn more.