Parchment Blossom Earrings

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

$40.00

Margaret Dorfman for the Uncommon Collection created by

Margaret Dorfman for the Uncommon Collection

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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

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Margaret Dorfman for the Uncommon Collection

created by

Margaret Dorfman for the Uncommon Collection

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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
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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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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4.2

(based on 103 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (90)
  • Good quality (42)
  • Stunning (42)
  • Good length (27)
  • Comfortable (18)

Cons

  • Too delicate (23)
  • Falls off easily (5)
  • 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 (45), Practical (29), Comfort-oriented (28), Modern (25), Classic style (24)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (91), No (23)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (31), Mother (15), Self (10), Wife (7), Child (6)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (38), Birthday (16), Other (6)

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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
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Mother
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Mother’s Day

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5.0

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

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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
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Mother
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday

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    5.0

    Amazing art!

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    from San Francisco, CA

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

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      2.0

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

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      from UK

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      Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

      You might wear this once.

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      4.0

      Very unique

      By 

      from NY, NY

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      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
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Birthday

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Magically delicious-looking earrings

        By 

        from Berkley, Michigan

        About Me Hippie, Unique

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

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

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Wonderful surprise!

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            from Vermont

            About Me Classic, Modern, Stylish

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

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            More than surprised

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            from Angel Fire, NM

            About Me Career, Classic, Practical, Stylish

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

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              4.0

              perfect gift!

              By 

              from Glen Cove, NY

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about UncommonGoods 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

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