I love nature-related designs that feature animals, plants, or leaves, so when I had received three of these beautiful Gingko leaf plates, I was overjoyed. I had immediately fallen in love with them. A friend of mine bought them at Crate & Barrel. I have looked them up online, and right now Crate & Barrel's site says they cost $9.95 each (a bit pricy I'd say).
Shaped and colored as a leaf, these porcelain plates look simply wonderful. However, when it comes to practical use, they turned out to be a bit lacking, unfortunately. Being so flat and almost without raised edges, they can only be used for solid dishes that do not leak - no salads with runny dressing or anything like that. Sushi is what they work best for, but we do not eat sushi a lot in our family, so I always have to come up with something else I can serve on them. Usually, it is vegetables, deviled eggs, or some appetizer.
The plates are dishwasher safe and also safe for microwave and oven (I might come up with some hot appetizer I can serve on them). When I wash and handle them, I always worry abut breaking off that pointed edge, but so far they are all intact. Despite these minor drawbacks, I still love Ginkgo leaf plates. They always add a charming touch to the table.