Parchment Blossom Earrings

These delicate flower earrings are handcrafted from translucent, vegetable parchment.
featured in the

Uncommon Collection

$40.00

featured in the uncommon collection

Fresh-Picked Beauties

These delicate flower earrings fresh enough to be just-picked from the garden, but you might not guess that it's the vegetable garden. The creation of artist Margaret Dorfman, these flowers have petals and leaves crafted from thinly sliced vegetables. The veggies are picked for their rich color, and then cured, pressed, aged and dried into thin sheets. The parchment-like sheet is then shaped into their delicate flower forms and mounted on gold filled earring hooks. Each blossom is finished with a semi-precious stone as the tip of its stamen. Handmade in California.

Choose from eight combinations:
White Blossom Potato and Thai Green Papaya with Peridot
Watermelon Radish and Zucchini with Tourmaline
Purple Potato with Amethyst
Beet with Natural Garnet
Golden Yam Peridot
Purple Potato Zucchini with Peridot and Amethyst
Amarosa Potato and Thai Green Papaya with Garnet
Purple and White Potato with Amethyst

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Made in California

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Margaret Dorfman for the Uncommon Collection

created by

Margaret Dorfman for the Uncommon Collection

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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Each item in the Uncommon Collection meets five important standards. Here's how Parchment Blossom Earrings qualified for the Collection:

Original Design

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.

Responsible Business Practices

mission statement

The beauty of things that surround us everyday often goes unseen. It is easy to disregard what is ubiquitous and devalue what is commonplace. For this reason I derive a deep satisfaction from making this work - vessels, jewelry and functional serve ware from vegetables and fruit. They invite us to re-experience and hold those fleeting moments of the season`s ripe offerings. They allow us to re-see what we frequently take for granted - the luminous beauty of fruits and vegetables, the incredible complexity of their structure, their jewel-like colors, and most of all, their ability to surprise and enchant. As I work with the fruits and vegetables, I feel that I am not creating this work, but instead uncovering what was always there for us to see.


fair wage

Margaret Dorfman does not currently have full-time, year-round employees.


paid time off

Margaret Dorfman does not currently have full-time, year-round employees.


recycling primary/secondary materials

All veggies/fruit remainders left from production process are composted. Left over Vegetables/fruit in good shape are donated to community food banks. The studio uses reclaimed water (they collect and reuse naturally flowing ground water and rain water when available). Buying local is important to Margaret.The veggies and fruit she uses come from SF-based wholesale produce supplier who purchase with an emphasis on locally grown /organic produce. For some exotics she shops at the local Farmer`s Market or independently owned, community grocers in Oakland Chinatown, the Mexican Mercados in the Fruitvale district, or the Berkeley Bowl.


charitable giving

When a non-profit organization that resonates with Margaret's values makes a request, she gives in the form of product donations (Jewelry, glass trays and platters and the vegetable parchment vessels) to their fund-raising auctions. Some organizations that have received donations: Midrasha - Jewish education for teens Deaf Hope - preventing violence for Deaf Individuals Norcal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing - support for Camp Grizzly summer camp Save Mt Diablo - nature conservancy Redwood Empire Food Bank- Empty Bowls auction


Environmentally Friendly Materials

Margaret uses dried vegetables and semi-precious stone, natural source materials.

Resourceful Packaging

The boxes that we use for packaging UncommonGoods items are made from 100% recycled paperboard and are recyclable.

Exclusivity

There's one place-- and only one place-- where you'll find the the Parchment Blossom Earrings: UncommonGoods.

Handmade Exclusive Made in the USA
Made from
amethyst, peridot, tourmaline, dried vegetables, 14kt gold filled wire
Measurements
3" long with stem x 1/2" wide, each set varies slightly due to handmade nature
Care
Store out of direct sunlight.
Item ID
22100

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Most of our items are in stock and will ship quickly. Orders for in-stock items placed before 5pm ET 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.

Due to the handmade and natural elements of these items, colors may vary slightly from photo.

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.1

(based on 104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (91)
  • Good quality (42)
  • Stunning (42)
  • Good length (27)
  • Comfortable (18)

Cons

  • Too delicate (24)
  • Falls off easily (6)
  • Poor quality (3)
  • Too long (3)

Best Uses

  • Dates / night out (52)
  • Casual dresser (50)
  • Everyday (42)
  • Formal occasions (31)
  • Business (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Stylish (46), Practical (29), Comfort-oriented (28), Classic style (25), Modern (25)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (91), No (24)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (38), Birthday (16), Other (6)

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1.0

I was so disappointed. The earrings break apart on contact.

By 

from West Chester, PA

About Me Career, Classic, Stylish

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Unique

Cons

  • Fall Off Easily
  • Too Delicate

Best Uses

    Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

    I received a pair for Christmas. One fell out of my ear, so I ordered a second pair. On the first wearing both earrrings snapped off, just being touched.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great gift!

    By 

    from Arcata, ca

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

    My moms birthday is a week before Mother's Day, so we sent these earrings as a birthday/Mother's Day gift. She loved them!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Mother’s Day
     
    5.0

    My mother loved these (I haven't seen them yet)

    By 

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Modern, Stylish

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday
      • Night Out

      Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

      My mom was thrilled when she received these earrings. Very original, elegant, simple, and so just the kind of gift I like to give.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Birthday
       
      5.0

      Amazing art!

      By 

      from San Francisco, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Dazzles
      • Good Quality
      • Stunning
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual
        • Everyday
        • Formal Occasions

        Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

        I purchased the purple potato earrings and my expectations were exceeded! Before ordering I was already amazed at the creativity and unique design, but upon receiving them I was even more amazed! My mother loved them as a Christmas present and said she would be looking up the other parchment blossom earrings to purchase later on. Highly recommend!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Great in theory, but a bit cheap for the cost.

        By 

        from UK

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

        You might wear this once.

         
        4.0

        Very unique

        By 

        from NY, NY

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual
          • Everyday
          • Formal Occasions
          • Night Out

          Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

          I bought these first for my sister's birthday and she loved them so much that I bought them again as a Christmas gift. These earrings are so unique and so pretty that both recipients have told me they receive compliments from people all the time. They are very delicate though so storing them may be an issue if u are not careful. I'm ordering a pair for myself.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Birthday

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Magically delicious-looking earrings

          By 

          from Berkley, Michigan

          About Me Hippie, Unique

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Eye-Catching
          • Intriguing
          • Stunning
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business
            • Casual
            • Everyday
            • Night Out

            Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

            It's a great conversation piece. I love telling people how the earrings are crafted, and then they are compelled to ask to inspect the earrings. They are a remarkable addition to my jewelry collection.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes, Yes
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Anniversary

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful Earrings

            By 

            from New Franklin, OH

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Stunning
            • Unique

            Cons

            • Too Delicate

            Best Uses

              Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

              I purchased these earrings for my mother for Christmas. Her favorite flower is a calla lily, and the white and green version look like calla lilies, so I decided to get them for her. She loved them! When she opened them she exclaimed and couldn't stop telling me how beautiful they were. Her only concern was that they looked too delicate to actually wear.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Delivery was prompt and the earrings arrived in perfect condition. My only complaint was that they were delivered in a box much larger than necessary.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Wonderful surprise!

              By 

              from Vermont

              About Me Classic, Modern, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Dazzles
              • Good Quality
              • Stunning
              • Unique

              Cons

              • Fall Off Easily
              • Too long

              Best Uses

              • Casual
              • Formal Occasions
              • Night Out

              Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

              These were a wonderful surprise on Christmas morning! Such a unique product. The only thing I didn't like, and maybe it's just because I'm short, was that they are a bit too long. And whenever they hit my shoulder, they popped out of my ear a bit. Otherwise, a wonderful product!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              More than surprised

              By 

              from Angel Fire, NM

              About Me Career, Classic, Practical, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Dazzles
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Business
                • Casual
                • Everyday
                • Formal Occasions
                • Night Out

                Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

                Very unique and cheek.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No, No
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Christmas or Hanukkah

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