The dragonfly is a popular Art Nouveau motif. Detailed decorative wings distinguish this dragonfly from some of the more naturalistic renderings of dragonflies in my shop. It is truly delicate and the little arms attach to the wings, which would make it pretty easy to attach rings to this guy.
In Japan, the dragonfly is a seasonal symbol, associated with early and late summer and early autumn.
More generally, in Japan dragonflies are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness, and they often appear in art and literature, especially haiku.
1 1/2" long