Purple Cabbage Cuff

created by

Margaret Dorfman

$40.00

Margaret Dorfman created by

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Get your daily serving of style with Margaret Dorfman's luscious cuff handmade from purple cabbage that's cured, pressed and dried into translucent parchment. Dorfman then fuses each sheet to a pure copper cuff that illuminates its natural composition of inky color and texture. Handmade in California. Each is one-of-a-kind and will vary. Cuffs are delicate; use care when adjusting.

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Margaret Dorfman

created by

Margaret Dorfman

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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Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
dried food, copper
Measurements
6.25" L x 1.5" W
Notes
Material is very delicate, so use care when adjusting and wearing. To clean cuff, simply wipe with a soft, slightly damp (not wet) cloth. Do not use jewelry cleaning chemicals, abrasives or jewelry cleaning machines.
Item ID
20374

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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.

Please note, this item is discontinued. When it sells out, it will no longer be available.


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Purple Cabbage Cuff
 
3.3

(based on 6 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to put on (4)
  • Stylish (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (5)
  • Dates / night out (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Modern (3), Stylish (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3), Yes (3)

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2.0

Stiff and too big

By 

from Boulder, CO

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Stiff
    • too big
    • Too Delicate
    • Uncomfortable

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Everyday

    Comments about Purple Cabbage Cuff:

    It's very stiff and is shaped in an awkward way. It slips off my wrist fairly often.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Interesting piece of jewelry!

    By 

    from San Antonio, Tx

    About Me Career, Modern, Practical, Stylish

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Put On
    • Holds Shape
    • Lustrous
    • Stunning
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Night Out

    Comments about Purple Cabbage Cuff:

    Very pretty cuff! The veins in the purple cabbage are really pretty and it is definitely a great conversation piece. The cuff is easy to put on and take off, but can feel a little sticky after you've been wearing it for a while. The cuff I was sent has quite a bit of the metal showing through the cabbage, but it adds a really pretty goldish tone t the bracelet.

    Service and delivery comments:

    The first cuff I was sent had a vertical tear all the way through the purple cabbage. I called customer service and they were super friendly and replaced it at no charge. I had the replacement cuff within a day or two! Fantastic customer service! I would absolutely purchase from Uncommon Goods again!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Purple cabbage cuff

    By 

    from Boulder, CO

    About Me Modern

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Put On
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Night Out

      Comments about Purple Cabbage Cuff:

      I like the cuff however it was not as purple as I thought it would be. It is very unique and a conversation piece!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      3.0

      Very Cute Idea

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      from Danvers, MA

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      Pros

      • Easy To Put On
      • Holds Shape
      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Lacks Luster

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear

      Comments about Purple Cabbage Cuff:

      I tried this on and immediately was not impressed. My wrists are on the smaller side and I usually have trouble finding bracelets and watches to look right on. The bracelet was very cool (especially being made out of cabbage!) but it was too big and I was not all that impressed by the design, very plain. The purple was a very dark deep purple. Overall cool idea, did not look right one me.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      2.0

      PURPLE CABBAGE CUFF

      By 

      from Texas

      About Me Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lustrous
      • Stunning
      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Not purple as shown

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear

      Comments about Purple Cabbage Cuff:

      The idea is fantastic. The pictures in the magazine prompted my purchase. I returned the product that I received since it wasn't purple even though it was labeled purple cabbage. It was a beautiful bronze color - but not appropriate "purple" gift. I am hoping for a purple exchange....

      Service and delivery comments:

      quick delivery, too bad it was purple as shown in the picture

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Prefect Purple

      By 

      from NYC

      About Me Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Put On

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Out

        Comments about Purple Cabbage Cuff:

        This item is very unique and made for a great gift. If you know someone who likes purple and jewelry then this is the prefect thing to get them. It is easy to wear and doesn't get deformed from use.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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