The Enchanted Hill, more famously known as the Hearst Castle, was a major influence in the design process of our Galaxy and Sea Charms Collections. During Monica’s tour of the Californian estate turned museum, she was inspired by the Neptune and indoor Roman pool.
"I found it fascinating how they designed the pool so that when you dove in you looked at the stars in the sky and when you lay on your back and looked up at the ceiling it was filled with all the sea creatures... it stayed with me after I left... I couldn't get it out of my mind." - Monica Rich Kosann
Gods at the Neptune Pool. Photograph by King of Hearts
Roman Pool. Photograph by Kay Gaensler
The Sea Charm Collection came first... it embodies the colors and characteristics of these beautiful creatures... Intuitive, patient, graceful and exotic are just a few of the personality traits Monica wanted to bring out in the collection.
Photograph by William Woodward
Later she designed the Galaxy collection.....The imagery of stars traveling throughout the sky and the galaxy, becoming ice, fire and light was the inspiration behind her newest one-of-a-kind “Galaxy” styles. The pieces remind us of the vast and ever-evolving universe continuing to fascinate us with its beauty and wonder.
"I went to the planetarium in NYC and watched the movie on how the Galaxy works,along with 200 school children , gazing up at the exploding stars surrounding balls of fire and ice .....All I could see were ribbons of diamonds wrapping around gorgeous shapes and colors of opals... I couldn't wait to start the sketching process" - Monica Rich Kosann