Artisan jewelry is as unique as your signature since each artisan jeweler has their own distinctive style and design.
Many artisan jewelers work with unique metals, other than gold and silver.
You can always recognize a well known artisan jeweler's piece because of their distinctive features.
One artisan might work with a combination of metals in their designs, i.e. gold and silver, while another one uses very unique crystals and other beautiful and uncommon gems.
Artisan jewelery is also very affordable and it doesn't have anything to do with 'starving artists'. Many artisan jewelers work for themselves and work from their own studios, therefore, they can keep their expenses to a minimal, which is reflected in the final price of a piece of jewelry.
If you like one-of-a-kind jewelry, jewelry that you won't see on every 10th person, have a limited budget, like the unusual, then artisan jewelery will appeal to you.
There are many artisan jewelers who show their crafts at local craft shows, especially around Christmas time. There are also many wonderful sites like Ruby Lane and Etsy where you will find an abundant of talented artisans.