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fruit & vegetable parchment necklace

by Margaret Dorfman
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Elegant Harvest

Drape yourself in bold colors and rich organic patterns with gorgeous necklaces handmade in California by artist Margaret Dorfman.

Handmade from fresh fruits and vegetables that are first cured, pressed, aged and then dried into a translucent parchment sheet. The sheet is then fused to a hand-formed copper disc that shines through the thin parchment producing a lovely glow. Glazed with a non-toxic finish. Hung on delicate ribbons woven of very fine brass and copper or aluminum wires. Joined to a 22kt gold-plated sterling silver clasp. 19 discs per necklace.

Choose from Beet or Mixed Fruit (includes beet, Mexican papaya, watermelon radish, pumpkin and purple potato). Mixed Fruit comes with a legend of the different fruits and vegetable used to make it.

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

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
19023
Made from
dried food, copper, 22kt gold-plated sterling silver
Measurements
21" L, disks are 1" dia.
  • the maker
Margaret Dorfman

Margaret Dorfman

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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FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT NECKLACE
 
3.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

  • Pretty (4)
  • Unique (4)
  • Good length (3)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Office (4)
  • Dress up or down (3)
  • Everyday (3)
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5.0

All Eight Servings!

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from Annapolis, MD

About Me Career, Classic, Practical

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Pros

  • Good Length
  • Good Quality
  • Pretty
  • Unique

Cons

  • Difficult To Clasp

Best Uses

  • Everyday
  • Office

Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT NECKLACE:

Really works with both office and weekend clothing. It is very pretty and unlike anything I've seen elsewhere.

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5.0

Fabulous!

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from Pebble Beach, CA

About Me Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical, Stylish

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Pros

  • Good Length
  • Good Quality
  • Gorgeous
  • Meaningful
  • Pretty
  • Unique
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adds color and light
    • Dress Up or Down
    • Everyday
    • Going Out
    • Office

    Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT NECKLACE:

    I got the fruit and vegetable - multi colored necklace as a gift.
    It is so gorgeous it makes me squeal!
    The colors are luminous and variegated so that they go with so many outfits.
    With black, they just POP!
    On my skin they look fabulous and always create a beautiful frame to my face.
    My husband, and everyone who has seen it thinks it's the most beautiful necklace I've ever had. I must agree (-;

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    1.0

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    from Baltimore Maryland

    About Me Modern

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Workmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT NECKLACE:

        This was a terrible product and came broken as well. I can't believe you were charging this much for something so cheap. I'm keeping the earrings because I am having a hard time finding gifts for this person and the party is this week but I would send them back as well if it wasn't so inconvenient.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        1.0

        Cautiosly optimistic

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        from Charlotte, NC

        About Me Career

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        Pros

        • Pretty
        • Unique

        Cons

        • Too Delicate

        Best Uses

        • Dress Up or Down
        • Office

        Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT NECKLACE:

        This broke within the first hour I had it on. I wore it out to do some errands and one of the rods that held the slices together immediately came apart! I absolutely loved the necklace but hemmed and hawed about the expense [$]~ for a number of months before I pulled the trigger and bought it. I have sent it back and will see if the next one stays together. If not, it is going back for good regardless of how pretty it is!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Beautiful

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        from Long Beach, CA

        About Me Career

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        Pros

        • Good Length
        • Good Quality
        • Meaningful
        • Pretty
        • Unique
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dress Up or Down
          • Everyday
          • Going Out
          • Office

          Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT NECKLACE:

          This necklace is beautiful in everyway. I have never gotten so many compliments.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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