I will just paste here a version of what I wrote to Ellie when my ring arrived in the mail:
""Received the ring this a.m., tore open the package, and what to my wondering eyes... It's gorgeous! Really! More fantastic than I remember the ring being when I tried it on at the Field Museum gift shop. I like the muted tone of mine even more. The 18kt gold flower really takes the ring to a whole other level. And the ring is so wonderfully big. [...] Well, I could rhapsodize all day, but suffice to say that I am very pleased. Thank you so much for the love that you obviously put into this ring. It makes it special!""
I am an inveterate jewelry buff so have developed an eye for what is truly worth having in my collection (within my budget and station in life). Ellie Thompson's pieces are works of art that will stand the test of time and gain value. She is a consummate American artist of her era. I did not hesitate to purchase the triple flower ring from the American Metaphor collection. It is magnificently large and makes a unique statement. It stands alone. Ellie herself is wonderfully accommodating and easy to work with, not what you'd expect from a jeweler with her talent. At her suggestion, I even ""upgraded"" the ring so that the smallest flower is 18kt gold and adds just that much more je ne sais quoi to the piece. I am thrilled with it.