Dragons are a key part of the fantasy genre, conjuring images of bold heroes battling ultimate evil or a mighty, misunderstood force. In the widely famous HBO series Game of Thrones, dragons are a great mystery still unfolding. Early on, they are spoken of as an ancient power that helped the Targaryen family come to rule, though they became extinct with only a few petrified eggs left as valuable relics. Through a miracle, perhaps forgotten ritual, a new generation of dragons burst forth from the ashes.
In our own world, jewelry designer Olga Ganoudis enjoys a style all her own. She focuses on what she calls “the marriage of tones and textures,” giving attention to depth where others might simply think of color. She gained recognition for her work creating a collection for ABC’s Lost, using the show’s curious themes of numbers and symbols as inspiration. New inspiration comes from the harsh but beautiful fantasy in Game of Thrones, for which she has created necklaces and rings bearing the sigils of the warring families, emulating the handmade splendor of a medieval world.
One of the key pieces of the collection is her paperweight handsomely recalling the famed dragon eggs of House Targaryen. Available in HBO’s online store, the egg stands upright three inches with a two-inch width, similar to the shape of the eggs on Game of Thrones. They are not as large as the eggs portrayed in the series since such a thing would dominate a desk and overwhelm the papers it was meant to hold. Instead, they serve as eye-catching decorations to liven up an office or den.
Ganoudis has beautifully captured the realistic texture of an egg. The colors range from a darker top to a lighter bottom, akin to the difference in thickness for eggshells. Roughness at the bottom is similar to the hardy farm-grown eggs that go unpolished. Beyond realism, the egg gives a grand sense of fantasy, as if a micro-dragon might very well pop out of it, screeching and puffing smoke. The shell features scales unlike any ordinary egg, though they seem natural as they are generally regularly shaped, but just enough out of order to look manufactured. They are made of resin, which gives appealing texture and healthy weight to the egg.
The egg is balanced with much of the weight at the bottom, making it difficult to knock over. Even when it does topple, its shape is not exactly round. A rolling dragon egg will quickly bring itself to a stop rather than worsening a mess, and it is hardy enough not to break under extreme circumstances. The egg comes with a rustic canvas bag that could be used as an additional display or a handy place to store trinkets. Both the egg and the bag are stamped with the classic Game of Thrones insignia.
In addition to the single green egg, Ganoudis and HBO offer a collector’s case inspired by the eggs of Targaryen. A wooden box worthy of the Targaryens and pressed with the family seal holds the three differently colored eggs. While pricey at one hundred dollars, it makes an excellent gift for the biggest of Game of Thrones enthusiasts or anyone seeking a bold fantasy decoration.Powered by Sidelines