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vegetable parchment earrings

by Margaret Dorfman
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Recycled
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From The Vine

Add bold organic style to your wardrobe with gorgeous, shimmering earrings handmade from fresh fruits and vegetables that are first cured, pressed, aged and dried into a translucent parchment sheet. The sheet is then fused to a copper disc that shines through the thin parchment producing a lovely glow. Earring hooks are 24 karat gold vermeil. Handmade in California by Margaret Dorfman. Choose from Beet and Papaya or Red Onion and Zucchini.

Due to the handmade nature of these items, slight imperfections in workmanship are normal. Each is one-of-a-kind and will vary.

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Handmade
Recycled
Exclusive
Item ID
17956
Made from
dried food, copper, parchment, 24 kt gold vermeil
Measurements
1.5" L x 1" dia.
  • 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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VEGETABLE PARCHMENT EARRINGS
 
4.3

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (42)
  • Good quality (22)
  • Stunning (13)
  • Dazzles (12)
  • Good length (12)

Cons

  • Too delicate (4)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (31)
  • Casual dresser (28)
  • Dates / night out (19)
  • Business (14)
  • Formal occasions (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (17), Stylish (17), Comfort-oriented (15), Modern (13), Classic style (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (39), No (8)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday (3), Christmas or hanukkah (3)

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5.0

A great gift

By 

from Phoenix AZ

Pros

  • Dazzles
  • Gift For Anyone Of Any Ag
  • Good Length
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about VEGETABLE PARCHMENT EARRINGS:

      My sister-in-law loved these earrings. She received them on Thursday and wore them the next day to school. She like them because they are unique. She said they were a perfect length. I liked that I was able to send them directly to her. She was able to receive them in time for her Birthday.

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

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      wow !

      By 

      from atlanta, ga.

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

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Stunning
      • Unique

      Cons

      • No cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual

      Comments about VEGETABLE PARCHMENT EARRINGS:

      I love these earrings and the fact that they're made from fruits and vegetables. i also love the gift packaging. i hope you never take them off your website, as i will buy them as gifts for everyone i know :-)

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

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Beautilful!

      By 

      from Hershey, PA

      About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business
        • Everyday

        Comments about VEGETABLE PARCHMENT EARRINGS:

        Bought 2 for gifts and my sister and friend just loved them since they were so different!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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

        Earrings for my vegan daughter

        By 

        from Spokane, Washington

        About Me Career, Modern, Stylish

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Dazzles
        • Good Quality
        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual
          • Everyday
          • Night Out

          Comments about VEGETABLE PARCHMENT EARRINGS:

          Purchased as a Christmas gift for our forty something daughte who is a total vegan. It was a totally appropriate gift & she loved it.

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

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Exceptional Gift!!

          By 

          from NC

          About Me Comfort-Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Even Better Than Pictured

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about VEGETABLE PARCHMENT EARRINGS:

              I plan to give this as a gift. The item looks even better than pictured

              • Was this a gift?:
              • 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

              Gorgeous earrings!

              By 

              from Maryland

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Length
              • Stunning
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday
                • Formal Occasions
                • Night Out

                Comments about VEGETABLE PARCHMENT EARRINGS:

                Bought these for my mother-in-law and she absolutely loved them. Very unique and will go with a lot of her outfits.

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

                Comment on this review

                 
                4.0

                Designer Craft

                By 

                from Kentfield, CA

                About Me Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Stylish

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Both Dressy Casual
                • Comfortable
                • Dazzles
                • Good Length
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Business
                  • Casual Party
                  • Night Out

                  Comments about VEGETABLE PARCHMENT EARRINGS:

                  Because of the elegant style, these earrings can dress up or down. The photos don't do justice to the unique sheen the artist has given the vegetable parchment.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  AMAZING!!

                  By 

                  from Norwalk, CT

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Dazzles
                  • Good Quality
                  • Stunning
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business
                    • Casual
                    • Everyday
                    • Night Out

                    Comments about VEGETABLE PARCHMENT EARRINGS:

                    What a wonderful piece of art for your ears! I have received so many compliments on just the colors alone, and when i tell people they are made of vegetables, they are STUNNED and want to know more and love the product even more.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    4.0

                    One of a kind jewelry, perfect gift!

                    By 

                    from Lexington, KY

                    About Me Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical, Stylish

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Comfortable
                    • Good Length
                    • Good Quality
                    • Unique

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Casual
                      • Everyday
                      • Night Out

                      Comments about VEGETABLE PARCHMENT EARRINGS:

                      I gave these earrings to my mom for Mother's Day this year and she loves them. They're unique and so neat by their nature--sliced vegetable jewelry, how cool is that?! She is very pleased with their comfort level as well as their good looks. I ordered the zucchini and red onion pair and while both red onions match well, I would've preferred to have better balanced zucchini disks. One of the disks also moves more easily on the wire than the other, but I was able to bend the post a bit and fix it. Overall I'm happy with my purchase and recommend these to all.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

                      Comment on this review

                       
                      5.0

                      striking jewelry

                      By 

                      from buffalo ny area

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Business
                          • Casual

                          Comments about VEGETABLE PARCHMENT EARRINGS:

                          As soon as I saw this product I knew I would have difficulty parting with it because I was looking for a gift for my mother for Mothers Day. She immediately was drawn to the colors and style, I had a hard time redirecting her to read about the uniqueness of the product! Everyone in the group raved about them. I intend to buy her the matching bracelet at some point in the future.

                          Service and delivery comments:

                          Product was shipped and delivered in a very timely manner and arrived well packaged and secure

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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