Two words that are undeniably compelling for me: 'jewelry' and 'artichoke.' Add to those 'unique' and 'handmade' and whatever it is becomes virtually irresistable.
So, when I came across a jewelry maker who had hand-formed an artichoke ring out of soft wax and cast it in solid sterling silver, using the lost wax casting method, I knew I had to have it...and it was the perfect size!
I did exercise some restraint by telling myself that I wouldn't buy the ring until I had sold enough of my own jewelry to pay for it. When Jenn bought a pair of my carciofi cairns, it sent me over the edge and I kept my fingers crossed that the ring was still for sale.
It was. And now it's mine! Read more about the artist, Ann Drewing, at her website http://dreamspiralart.com/. Or visit her etsy store for some truly stunning pieces http://www.etsy.com/shop/dreamspiralart