Gems from the W Jewelry Closet: Year of the Dragon

Photographer: Horacio Salinas

According to the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. Luxury brands are celebrating the auspicious months ahead by creating beautiful pieces that pay homage to the mythical creature, which in Chinese tradition is a token of good luck, beauty, and prosperity. Click through for a selection of my favorite dragon-inspired pieces. — Claudia Mata, W’s Accessories and Jewelry Director.

Photographer: Horacio Salinas

John Hardy sterling silver, sapphire, and ruby Dragonhead ring ($795) at

Photographer: Horacio Salinas

Piaget dragon motif Antiplano watch in 18k white gold, enamel, and diamond. Limited edition of 38 pieces, $62,500 at

Photographer: Horacio Salinas

Cathy Waterman 22k recycled yellow gold, ruby, and diamond dragon pendant necklace ($4,400), at Barneys New York, 800.777.0087.

Photographer: Horacio Salinas

Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Dragon Tourbillon. Limited edition of 8 pieces, $203,900, at