Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets

created by

Margaret Dorfman

$40.00

Margaret Dorfman created by

Margaret Dorfman

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Wrap your wrists in bold, organic style with gorgeous, shimmering cuffs handmade from fresh fruits and vegetables that are first cured, pressed, aged and dried into a translucent parchment sheet. The sheet is then fused to a copper cuff that shines through the thin parchment producing a lovely glow. Handmade in California by Margaret Dorfman. Choose from Beet, Starfruit or Zucchini.

Due to the handmade nature of these items, slight imperfections in workmanship are normal. Each is one-of-a-kind and will vary.


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Margaret Dorfman

created by

Margaret Dorfman

location

California

Margaret's work is made by hand from over 40 different varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables that are cured, dried, pressed and aged in a 10-14 day process. The translucent parchments that result capture and preserve the jewel-like colors and intricate structures that are characteristic of each fruit or vegetable. She calls this Vegetable Parchment, because the texture and translucency calls to mind the vellum parchments of medieval Europe.

Margaret realized at an early age that the best materials like acorns, bark, moss and feathers weren't found in stores. She still believes that the best materials are found in unexpected places, such as Chinatown for lotus root and bok choy, small Mexican mercados for chili peppers and papaya, Japanese markets and Korean groceries for green necked daikon. Though she now uses a produce supplier, she still visits these places with an eye out for the novel.

Everything is cut by hand with an old-fashioned mandolin slicer and a wickedly sharp assortment of knives. Her studio follows sustainable practices, using reclaimed water and recyclable packaging, and no toxic products are used. Leftovers are composted, recycled or donated to the local zoo.

Margaret earned degrees in Linguistics and Anthropology from U.C. Davis. She then went on to gain fluency in American Sign Language, and worked for many years as a sign language interpreter. For the last 13 years she has done this work full-time at her studio in Northern California, where she lives with her husband and son.

"It is deeply satisfying to work with these fruit and vegetables," says Margaret. "There seems to be alchemy involved as they transform from the familiar and commonplace and become objects of unexpected beauty. But I know it is not magic--and I am not really creating something new. I am only uncovering what was always there to see."

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Handmade Exclusive Made in the USA
Made from
dried food, copper
Measurements
6.25" L x 1.5" W
Notes
Material is very delicate, so use care when adjusting and wearing. To clean cuff, simply wipe with a soft, slightly damp (not wet) cloth. Do not use jewelry cleaning chemicals, abrasives or jewelry cleaning machines.
Item ID
16934

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Most of our items are in stock and will ship quickly. Orders for in-stock items placed before 5pm ET (Economy and Standard shipping) or 2pm ET (Preferred, Expedited, and Express shipping) Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, will ship:
Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

Please note, the Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Cuffs have been discontinued. When each style sells out, it will no longer be available and will be removed from the drop down. At this time, the Starfruit & Daikon is the only style still available.


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Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets
 
4.1

(based on 341 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (154)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (129)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to put on (191)
  • Stunning (158)
  • High quality (150)
  • Comfortable (149)
  • Holds shape (143)

Cons

  • Too delicate (37)
  • Difficult to put on (28)
  • Uncomfortable (22)
  • Poor workmanship (21)
  • Loses shape easily (9)

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (192)
  • Dates / night out (188)
  • Everyday (149)
  • Formal occasions (77)
  • Anytime (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Stylish (145), Practical (118), Career (109), Comfort-oriented (105), Modern (100)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (213), No (49)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (4)

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4.0

Unique

By 

from tulsa, ok

About Me Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Holds Shape

Cons

  • Too Delicate

Best Uses

  • Casual Wear

Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

This is an interesting piece. I purchased it as a gift for my sister. The only flaw was it is not a large bracelet. I would not be able to wear it as I have a larger wrist.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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5.0

Absolutely beautiful!

By 

from Michigan

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy To Put On
  • High Quality
  • Holds Shape
  • Lustrous
  • Stunning

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Night Out

    Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

    I bought this bracelet as a birthday gift for my daughter--she loves it! It's as unique and beautiful as she is!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Beautiful gift!

    By 

    from Cleveland, OH

    About Me Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • High Quality
    • Lustrous
    • Stunning

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Out

      Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

      I bought this for my friend as a 40th birthday present. It truly is more beautiful in person. The color and texture of it is very striking and unusual.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      Beet Parchmant Cuff Review

      By 

      from St. Louis MO

      About Me Career

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • High Quality
      • Lustrous

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Everyday
      • Night Out

      Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

      I will wear this cuff bracelet socially. I have worn it twice and have already received several compliments. I am very happy about my purchase.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      StarFruit looks amazing

      By 

      from Alberta, Canada

      About Me Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • High Quality
      • Lustrous

      Cons

      • Difficult To Put On

      Best Uses

      • Anytime

      Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

      I bought star fruit and the beet bracelet, both as thank you gifts. The star fruit was in an excellent 'star' shape and you could tell that it was real fruit by the texture and look of it. I know this gift will be loved.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      Lovely

      By 

      from Alberta, Canada

      About Me Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • High Quality
      • Holds Shape

      Cons

      • Difficult To Put On

      Best Uses

      • Anytime

      Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

      I bought the beet bracelet for a thank you gift. The band is difficult to get on at first, if I was keeping it for myself I wouldn't have been apprehensive about trying to remold it.
      Gorgeous color, can be dressy or casual depending on what you pair it with.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Love these!!

      By 

      from Littleton, Colorado

      About Me Comfort-Oriented, Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy To Put On
      • Holds Shape
      • Stunning

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Everyday
        • Formal Occasions
        • Night Out

        Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

        I bought two, the beet and the star fruit. I was so excited when the arrived as they were even better than I expected. I kept the beet for myself and gave the starfruit to my mom for mothers day. I showed some work friends the day it arrived and one of them bought two that day after seeing mine.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        Beautiful unique gift

        By 

        from PA

        About Me Career, Modern, Stylish

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Stunning

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear
          • Everyday
          • Formal Occasions
          • Night Out

          Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

          I bought this as a gift for my mother and she was thrilled the bracelet. She was not as impressed as I was with the fact that it was made out of fruit, but she loved it even on the looks alone. This makes a great (and expensive looking) present

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Beautiful Cuff!

          By 

          from Bay St. Louis, MS

          About Me Career, Comfort-Oriented, Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easy To Put On
          • High Quality
          • Holds Shape
          • Lustrous
          • Stunning

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Formal Occasions
            • Night Out

            Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

            I gave this to my best friend as a birthday gift and she loves it! I was so pleased when she opened the box and I saw the beautiful red color of the cuff. This is a very unique gift with a lot of style. Perfect for the jewelry lover. I want to buy one for myself!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            So beautiful!!

            By 

            from Omaha, NE

            About Me Classic, Stylish

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Easy To Put On
            • High Quality
            • Holds Shape
            • Lustrous
            • Stunning

            Cons

            • Slightly odd shape

            Best Uses

            • Everyday
            • Formal Occasions
            • Night Out

            Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

            This cuff bracelet is so gorgeous! I got it as a gift for my mother who had seen it in the magazine and fell in love with it. The color was so vibrant and had a lot of depth so it was very interesting. And it's such a conversation piece when you tell people how it's made! The only downside is the shape was a little odd and square. It holds the shape well and you are told you can shape it somewhat, but you almost feel afraid to so it doesn't break. But it was comfortable and looked great on, so a great buy overall!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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