Jewelry designer Liza Lentini has turned pasta into wearable art. This isn't like the pasta jewelry you made as a kid. Her new collection Italia, L’Amo Lentini, features treasured symbols of Italy, elegant olive leaves and pasta. All pieces are cast in sterling silver and wrapped in 18k gold. Lentini, a Boston native, grew up in an Italian community where one’s heritage was a strong part of their identity. In designing the collection, she considered what for her was the most prominent symbols of the culture. She chose the olive leaf, not only for its treasured oil, but also for its goodwill symbolism. For the pasta charms, Lentini selected four petite pastas and cast directly from their form. “They really capture the best of both worlds,” the designer says. “They’re as fun as they are pretty.” The pasta pendants are now available through The Shops @ Funky Finds. And, they all ship for FREE!