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parchment collage cuff

by Margaret Dorfman $40.00 SALE - $34.99
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Looking Sweet

Maggy Ames captures the essence of springtime in these gorgeous, shimmering cuffs. The brilliant circles of color suggest blossoms collecting on the surface of a pond, but Dorfman actually creates them using fresh fruits and vegetables. The most colorful varieties are cured, pressed, aged and dried into a thin sheet. The sheet is then fused to a copper cuff that shines through the parchment, producing a lovely glow. Handmade in California.

Choose one of two color combinations: Watermelon Radish/Zucchini/Thai Green Papaya (left) or Beet/Purple Cabbage/Watermelon Radish (right).

Also, please check out our Carrot Parchment Collage Cuff

See how Margaret is striving to be sustainable in the face of drought in California on the blog.

Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

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Handmade
Exclusive
Community Voted
Item ID
22101
Made from
copper, parchment, dried vegetables
Measurements
6.25" L x 1.5" W
Notes
Cuffs are delicate; use care when adjusting.
Store out of direct sunlight.
  • 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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PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF
 
4.4

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish (26)
  • Easy to put on (20)
  • Stunning (16)
  • Comfortable (14)
  • High quality (12)

Cons

  • Poor workmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (29)
  • Everyday (23)
  • Dates / night out (22)
  • Formal occasions (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Stylish (19), Practical (13), Career (9), Comfort-oriented (9), Modern (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (44), No (4)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (23), Mother (5)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (17), Birthday (12)

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1.0

Looks cheap and chips easily

By 

from MYC

About Me Stylish

Pros

  • Looks Like A Good Idea

Cons

  • Edges Chip
  • Poor Workmanship
  • Too Delicate
  • Uncomfortable

Best Uses

  • Unworn

Comments about PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF:

I gave this to my mother as part of her birthday gift. Thankfully I sent something else as this cheaply constructed bracelet started chipping and fell apart after she wore it once. She is sending it back.

  • 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

Unique Gift

By 

from Houston, TX

About Me Career, Practical, Stylish

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Put On
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Night Out

    Comments about PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF:

    My sister-in-law loved it and thought that the materials made the bracelet unique.

    • 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

    Pretty

    By 

    from Croton on Hudson NY

    About Me Career

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy To Put On
    • High Quality
    • Stunning

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday

      Comments about PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF:

      I love the colors and the look of this cuff and can't wait to give to my sister-in-law who loves beets

      • 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

       
      4.0

      Beautiful cuff

      By 

      from MD

      About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Night Out

        Comments about PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF:

        I bought 2 for my mother and mother-in-law. They are very pretty cuffs and Im hoping they will be easy to put on since they felt a bit stiff. Overall, they are a very nice look.

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

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Beautiful bracelet

        By 

        from St.Joseph,MO

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF:

              Bought this bracelet for my sister's birthday. Loved the vibrant colors.

              • 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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              5.0

              impressed with the product

              By 

              from ypsilanti, mi

              About Me Practical, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Put On
              • Stylish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Casual Wear
                • Everyday

                Comments about PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF:

                My wife very much loves the bracelet. Very nice design

                • 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

                Beautiful item!

                By 

                from Las Vegas, NV

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great gift

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Wear
                  • Everyday
                  • Formal Occasions
                  • Night Out

                  Comments about PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF:

                  My sisters saw the bracelet before it was wrapped as a gift and said it was beautiful and exactly Mom's style. Mom loved it, too.

                  • 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 bracelet

                  By 

                  from Davis, CA

                  About Me Career, Classic, Stylish

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Conversation Piece
                  • Easy To Put On
                  • High Quality
                  • Lustrous
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Casual Wear
                    • Night Out

                    Comments about PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF:

                    This gift was perfect for my sister-in-law who has everything and can buy anything she wants.

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

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Beautiful, unusual bracelet

                    By 

                    from Charlotte,NC

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • High Quality
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Casual Wear
                      • Everyday

                      Comments about PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF:

                      It was lovely. My sister wears many of the colors in her job. My daughter gave me a similar bracelet, which I treasure

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

                      Comment on this review

                       
                      5.0

                      beautiful bracelet

                      By 

                      from alaska

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Stunning

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF:

                          Beautiful bracelet, well presented. Love the information about the artist.

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

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                          Q and A

                          When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                          117votes, 20 comments

                          Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                          Margaret Dorfman's bold fruit and vegetable parchment pieces have always made us smile, so we were thrilled to see her latest design! Which colorful combination do you like best?

                          Melissa
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          fun and unique

                          Katherine
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          This would be great with a nice summer outfit. I think yhese are really great

                          Laurel

                          A little pricey, but absolutely beautiful!

                          Karen
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Looked at this artist for months and couldn't decide on a color - finally got the beet cuff, and am so pleased with it. But now I want one with mixed colors too! This is a fantastic blend of materials and will be added to my gift giving list.

                          Rita
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Very unique. Beautiful. Great touch by having each piece signed by the artist. Not sure the name of the item does it justice -- might want to emphasize the fruits/vegetables or hit on the Vegan/Vegetarian market somehow with the name.

                          Kim
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          Too delicate to be worn on a regular basis and a bit pricey.

                          Ali

                          Very, very pretty, but too expensive.

                          Deborah
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          The words "one size does not fit all" truly comes into play here.

                          Carol
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I really like these cuffs - but I would worry that they are too small. I got my dad's hands and wrists - not my mom's.

                          Susan
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          perfect for the Uncommon collection, something you can't find in your local jewelry store. Natural materials is a plus.

                          Anne
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          Pricey and they look like they would break after a few wearings.

                          Sarah
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Oh cool! But still too pricey

                          Rachael
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Absolutely gorgeous!

                          Nichols
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          love that each one is unique!

                          Izzy
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          ive seen these in many places and they all seem to be a little iffy on quality. and the price is too high for my taste...

                          MJ

                          Too much for too little. Sorry.

                          Cynthia

                          Cute $35 maybe?

                          Nancy

                          Love these!

                          Sandra

                          LOVE! LOVE!! LOVE!!!

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