I happened to be perusing blogs and jewelry sites this evening when I came across these fabulous hand painted pieces.
The artist is Moni of "Moni Originals". My favorite part of her story is her "eureka moment"... Here is an excerpt from her website:
"I have been painting these charms (thousands of them, now) since early summer of 2002. The idea actually came to me while on a morning walk with a friend. I was frustrated in trying to find charms my customers wanted and dealing with gouging by distributors. While airing these concerns to my friend, we passed a car parked along the side of the road. The "Eureka Moment", if you want to call it that, was when I said, "paint sticks to cars. Cars are metal. Why can't I paint right on the charms?"
Moni paints buildings, bridges, landscapes and flowers and states that "All Moni Originals® Dangle Charms are painted on .925 silver. The designs are painted in layers between layers of a durable, commercial-grade resin with UV protection. Most designs contain ultra-fine glitter, adding extra sparkle."
If you have a chance to stop by, here's Moni's story. I was feeling a kindred spirit connection when I noticed each piece has an option for "glitter" or "no glitter". LOVE IT! Thanks Moni!