Parchment Collage Cuff

These shimmering metal cuffs are decorated with translucent vegetable parchment.
created by

Margaret Dorfman

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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.

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

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Margaret Dorfman

created by

Margaret Dorfman

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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
copper, parchment, dried vegetables
Measurements
6.25" L x 1.5" W
Care
Cuffs are delicate; use care when adjusting. Store out of direct sunlight.
Item ID
22101

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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

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    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

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      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

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        5.0

        Beautiful bracelet

        By 

        from St.Joseph,MO

        Verified Buyer

        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

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          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

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            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.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Delivery cut it a little too close for comfort with Christmas. I paid for quicker shipping.

              • 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

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              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

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                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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