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harlequin diamond veggie parchment necklace

by Margaret Dorfman $78.00

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each necklace may vary in color assortment slightly.

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Strive For Five

Like a wearable garden, this necklace captures and displays the brilliant, translucent colors and organic textures of fresh fruits and vegetables. Margaret Dorfman presses, cures, ages and dries selected produce, transforming it into colorful parchment-like sheets that she anneals to hand-shaped copper forms. This rainbow of vegetable parchment glows over copper diamonds, squares and disks which swing freely from 24k gold fill chain, with a generously sized gold vermeil toggle clasp. Each necklace is made with its own unique selection of vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables, so no two are the same. The enclosed care card lists the many different varieties that make up each one-of-a-kind necklace (including red onion, beet, blood orange, purple cabbage, pink grapefruit, cantaloupe, watermelon, Thai green papaya, Mexican papaya, zucchini, plum and others). The kaleidoscope of translucent, jewel-like colors will complement any outfit, and is light and comfortable enough to wear every day. Handmade in California.

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24kt gold-filled chain, dried vegetables, 24 kt gold vermeil
See below for measurements.
Care: Water resistant, not waterproof. Do not submerge in water, avoid showering and swimming while wearing.

Chain: 19" L
Disk Pendants: approx 0.59" dia.
Square Pendants: 0.79" L x 0.79" W
  • 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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