The Russian art of lacquer hand-painted miniatures dates back to 1795. For centuries
Russia was renowned for magnificent icon painting, as well as panels, boxes and
cameos. The secrets of making them, much like the finest Venetian glass, have been
passed from one generation to another. Today this art form still flourishes in small studios
outside Moscow. Contemporary artists create stunning one of a kind miniatures inspired
by details of famous paintings, nature, and abstract patterns. Each piece is painstakingly
hand-painted - no two are ever exactly the same. Three to four layers of paints, along
with several coats of lacquer, are applied to the gemstone before it is completed. This
layering brings out an iridescent quality further enhanced by an underlay of gold leaf.
Each piece is signed by the artist in 14K gold paint.
At an art show I fell in love with their radiant beauty and selected a few pieces.
I also placed an exclusive custom order for one of my favorite paintings, The Girl
With the Pearl Earring. It takes at least two months for such a special order because
each piece is individually painted (if you look closely no two are identical). I then
designed a necklace to match the mood of each artistic minature. These have been
SO popular that I only have one of most designs left and will not be reordering because
the time, labor and cost of gold have risen too high. So catch this while you can.