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parchment blossom earrings

by Margaret Dorfman for the Uncommon Collection $40.00
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Due to the handmade and natural elements of these items, colors may vary slightly from photo.

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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 four combinations:
White Blossom Potato and Thai Green Papaya with Peridot
Watermelon Radish and Zucchini with Tourmaline
Purple Potato with Amethyst Stamen
Beet with Natural Garnet Stamen

Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

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Handmade
Exclusive
Community Voted
Item ID
22100
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
Notes
Handmade in California.
Store out of direct sunlight.
Please note that Parchment Blossom Earrings - Golden Yam with Peridot is the only pair on sale.
  • the maker

Margaret Dorfman for the Uncommon Collection

Each of the products in the Uncommon Collection meets five important standards for design and social responsibility, in keeping with our constant efforts to build a better business:

1) Original design
2) Responsible business practices
3) Environmentally-friendly materials
4) Resourceful packaging
5) Only found at UncommonGoods

Read more about how the Parchment Blossom earrings made the cut for the Uncommon Collection.

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."

Visit our blog for a studio tour!

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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PARCHMENT BLOSSOM EARRINGS
 
4.2

(based on 98 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (87)
  • Good quality (41)
  • Stunning (41)
  • Good length (27)
  • Comfortable (18)

Cons

  • Too delicate (23)
  • Falls off easily (5)
  • Poor quality (3)
  • Too long (3)

Best Uses

  • Dates / night out (50)
  • Casual dresser (48)
  • Everyday (39)
  • Formal occasions (29)
  • Business (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Stylish (44), Practical (29), Comfort-oriented (28), Classic style (24), Modern (24)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (87), No (23)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (30), Mother (12), Self (10), Wife (7), Child (6)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (37), Birthday (14), Other (6)

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(1 of 1 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 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
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Wife
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Anniversary

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Beautiful Earrings

    By 

    from New Franklin, OH

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Stunning
    • Unique

    Cons

    • Too Delicate

    Best Uses

      Comments about 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
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Mother
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Christmas or Hanukkah

      Comment on this review

       
      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 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
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Wife
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Christmas or Hanukkah

      Comment on this review

       
      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 PARCHMENT BLOSSOM EARRINGS:

        Very unique and cheek.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No, No
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Wife
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        perfect gift!

        By 

        from Glen Cove, NY

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about PARCHMENT BLOSSOM EARRINGS:

              I got these for my stepmother and they are amazing! I love handmade gifts and these were great.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Mother
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Beautiful!

              By 

              from Ohio

              About Me Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Stunning
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Casual
                • Everyday
                • Formal Occasions

                Comments about PARCHMENT BLOSSOM EARRINGS:

                This is a very well made, beautiful pair of earrings. Highly suggest to anyone with an artistic flare to their style!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes, Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Birthday

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Special gift for special birthday

                By 

                from Biddeford, maine

                About Me Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fragile
                • Stunning
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Formal Occasions
                  • Night Out

                  Comments about PARCHMENT BLOSSOM EARRINGS:

                  Exceptionally beautiful and unique. Purchased for my sister for her 30th birthday. She loved them! Only potential con is they seem very delicate.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes, Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Other
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Birthday

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Pretty to look at not for wearing

                  By 

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Comfort-Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Workmanship
                    • Too Delicate

                    Best Uses

                    • Casual
                    • Formal Occasions

                    Comments about PARCHMENT BLOSSOM EARRINGS:

                    Beautiful but crumbled immediately. They are not sturdy enough. Not worth buying.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No, No
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Self

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    blossom earings

                    By 

                    from ypsilanti, mi

                    About Me Classic, Practical

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Beautifully Different
                    • Stunning
                    • Unique

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Casual

                      Comments about PARCHMENT BLOSSOM EARRINGS:

                      My wife said these were beautifully different

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes, Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Wife
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Birthday

                      Comment on this review

                       
                      5.0

                      great gift for jewelry lovers

                      By 

                      from Albuquerque, NM

                      About Me Practical

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Unique

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Out

                        Comments about PARCHMENT BLOSSOM EARRINGS:

                        Bought these for my mother-in-law who sells all sorts of jewelry and also gardens... she'd never seen anything like it and put them on immediately after opening. she wore them around and outside and they were fine.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes, Yes
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Mother
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                        136votes, 23 comments

                        Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                        These lovely earrings remind us of spring, so it's funny to think that a harvest was involved in their making. Artist Margaret Dorfman actually handmakes each delicate flower from dried fruits and vegetables. Would you wear a pair?

                        Laurel
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Quite beautiful and so unique...just what I love. Would love to buy a pair!

                        Malorie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        These are pretty!

                        Rita
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Love these! Handmade!! Yeah! And in USA!!

                        Tamara
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        i wonder how fragile they are

                        Carolann
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Quite beautiful and from the vegetable garden--Yay.

                        Christine
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        These are gorgeous!

                        Megan
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Unique.

                        Diane
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        anything less than 14kt or sterling silver makes my ears scream with pain

                        Deborah
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        I understand the complex process but these are far too expensive.

                        Carol
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        A bit pricey, but I would buy a pair just because they are so unusual,

                        Susan
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I'm all for using natural materials, this is truly amazing, I love when people use their creativity.

                        Jennifer
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I too wonder how fragile they are, especially at $40. I'd hate if my long hair ruined them the first time I wore them.

                        Laurie Beth
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I love how delicate and pretty these are. I would love the calla lilly ones.

                        Rachael
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Again, gorgeous!

                        Jennifer
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        A little pricey but very cute and an awesome idea

                        Izzy
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        these are so pretty! unfortunately i dont think i could bring myself ot spend the money on them....

                        lisa

                        Beautiful.

                        MJ

                        Clever idea and their story would be good for conversation but too much $$$

                        Cynthia

                        unique

                        Nancy

                        These are beautiful but a little pricey

                        elen

                        they are so beautiful!

                        Sandra

                        Most AWESOME earrings ever!!!

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