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fruit & vegetable parchment bracelets

by Margaret Dorfman
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Fruit Punch

Wrap your wrists in bold, organic style with gorgeous, shimmering cuffs 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 cuff that shines through the thin parchment producing a lovely glow. Handmade in California by Margaret Dorfman. Choose from Beet, Starfruit or 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
Exclusive
Item ID
16934
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.
  • 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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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT BRACELETS
 
4.1

(based on 341 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (154)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (129)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to put on (191)
  • Stunning (158)
  • High quality (150)
  • Comfortable (149)
  • Holds shape (143)

Cons

  • Too delicate (37)
  • Difficult to put on (28)
  • Uncomfortable (22)
  • Poor workmanship (21)
  • Loses shape easily (9)

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (192)
  • Dates / night out (188)
  • Everyday (149)
  • Formal occasions (77)
  • Anytime (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Stylish (145), Practical (118), Career (109), Comfort-oriented (105), Modern (100)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (213), No (49)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (4)

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4.0

a different way to get your vegetables..

By 

from florida

About Me Classic, Modern

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy To Put On
  • High Quality
  • Holds Shape
  • Nice Combination Of Color
  • Placement Of Vegeetable S
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Wish I Could Have Had My

Best Uses

  • Casual Wear
  • Night Out

Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT BRACELETS:

I am aware that artisans will have differances within the product line, but had trouble (I think) convincing you that a bright solid yellow with black stripes went a little beyond the light , rather delicate one I ordered.. It was not an artistic slight difference, but a totally different one. Thank you for replacing it.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Child
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Christmas or Hanukkah

Comment on this review

 
5.0

EYE-CATCHING STATEMENT PIECE

By 

from Central Virginia

About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy To Put On
  • Fun
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday
    • Night Out

    Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT BRACELETS:

    I bought this for our 22-year-old granddaughter for her birthday. She is "mostly" a vegetarian just by preference, so she was delighted with the fruit and vegetable theme of the cuff. Since there are several combinations -- and therefore different colors and patterns -- available, I have a feeling we have Christmas covered, too. Very lovely product. Thanks!

    • 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

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    parchment bracelet a great success

    By 

    from Washington State

    About Me Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Stylish

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy To Put On
    • Stylish
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear

      Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT BRACELETS:

      It looks great but good fruit was wasted creating the item.

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

      Comment on this review

       
      2.0

      Disappointed

      By 

      from Campbell, CA

      About Me Career

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Difficult To Put On
      • Uncomfortable

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Everyday
      • Night Out

      Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT BRACELETS:

      Color on line appeared to beige, but very yellow.
      Also very rigid and feels like it would break easily when trying to expand to fit wrist

      Service and delivery comments:

      Delivery was prompt

      • Was this a gift?:
      • 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

      Unique and Beautiful, and a Perfect Gift

      By 

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Career, Modern, Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Stunning
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Formal Occasions
        • Night Out

        Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT BRACELETS:

        Was given as a gift, she loved it!

        • 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

         
        4.0

        beautiful gift

        By 

        from arlington, tx

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT BRACELETS:

              very pretty. gave as a gift, so i hope its not too fragile, but looked very nice

              • 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

              Beautiful Design

              By 

              from Fort Worth, TX

              About Me Comfort-Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easy To Put On
              • High Quality
              • Holds Shape
              • Lustrous
              • Stunning
              • Stylish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday

                Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT BRACELETS:

                Love all the colors!!!

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

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Parchment cracked on Arrival

                By 

                from Birmingham, AL

                About Me Classic, Modern, Practical, Stylish

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easy To Put On

                Cons

                • Parchment Cracked
                • Poor Workmanship
                • Too Delicate

                Best Uses

                  Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT BRACELETS:

                  Parchment cracked from one side to the other upon arrival

                  • 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

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful and Unusual

                  By 

                  from Lynbrook, NY

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Easy To Put On
                  • High Quality
                  • Holds Shape
                  • Lustrous
                  • Stunning

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Anytime you want

                    Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT BRACELETS:

                    I've had my star fruit bracelet for years--it's a lot more durable than you'd think. It can be reshaped, gently, to adjust to your wrist, and it's easy to put on. It's beautiful, unique, and I always get a lot of compliments on it.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    QUALITY PRODUCT THROUGH & THROUGH!

                    By 

                    from Marietta, GA

                    About Me Modern, Stylish

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Beautiful artistship
                    • Comfortable
                    • Easy To Put On
                    • High Quality
                    • Holds Shape
                    • Stunning
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about FRUIT & VEGETABLE PARCHMENT BRACELETS:

                        A gift to a dear friend.
                        She LOVED IT and for the price it's a gift I will buy again & again.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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