Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets

created by

Margaret Dorfman

$40.00

Margaret Dorfman created by

Margaret Dorfman

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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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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 Exclusive 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
16934

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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, the Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Cuffs have been discontinued. When each style sells out, it will no longer be available and will be removed from the drop down. At this time, the Starfruit & Daikon is the only style still available.


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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)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (4)

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5.0

Even prettier than the picture!

By 

from California

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

      The color is so rich and beautiful and the bracelet fits perfectly. It does not slide or flop around. I expected a lot and it exceeded my expectations!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      4.0

      Very unique

      By 

      from Mountain Top, PA

      About Me Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Stunning

      Cons

      • Loses Shape Easily

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Night Out

      Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

      Beautiful design.

      Service and delivery comments:

      The bracelets were delivered in envelopes. I just found out (indirectly) that the bracelet that was delivered to another address was squashed in the mailing process but the recipient did not say anything.
      One that was delivered to my address was crimped but it wasn't that bad. Boxes would be much better for shipping since the crimping causes the thin slices to peel away from the metal. I would think twice about item that could be damaged due to improper packing.

       
      5.0

      Stunning!

      By 

      from Orlando, Fl

      About Me Career

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Stunning

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear

        Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

        The beet has such stunning color it is indescribable! I get so many compliments on it!

         
        4.0

        Unique Bracelet

        By 

        from Memphis, TN

        About Me Career, Classic, Funky, Stylish

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Put On
        • Lustrous
        • One-of-a-kind
        • Stunning

        Cons

        • Too Delicate
        • Too stiff

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Everyday
        • Night Out

        Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

        This unusual "cuff" bracelet makes a great gift for someone who has lots of stuff, because you just know they're NOT going to have anything else like it. Because the bracelet is made of parchment, I expected it to be delicate, but I didn't anticipate that it would be hardened. Although the bracelet has some coating on it that creates the hardened surface, it is still bendable to fit the shape of the wearer's wrist. But when I begin bending it, I'm nervous about breaking it. Nevertheless, I'm still happy with the bracelet's look and style.

         
        5.0

        LOVE IT!!!

        By 

        from Staten Island, NY

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

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easy To Put On
        • Holds Shape

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear
          • Everyday
          • Night Out

          Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

          This bracelet is just so unique, I love it! I tend to be attracted to hand-crafted jewelry. I love the bold beet-red color. It really shows up on your wrist and is an "eye catcher." I do not have a hard time getting it on and off. Definitely a great accessory to have!

           
          2.0

          Disappointed

          By 

          from Oreland, PA

          About Me Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Lacks Luster
            • Not as detailed as shown
            • Tight

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

              Had ordered this bracelet last Christmas for a gift and absolutely loved it. Ordered again this year for another friend and am disappointed with the quality and design. I realize they are handmade, but this one lacked the detail and luster that the first one had.

               
              5.0

              Beautiful and Unique

              By 

              from Edmond, OK

              About Me Career, Practical, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easy To Put On
              • Holds Shape
              • Stunning

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Casual Wear
                • Everyday
                • Night Out

                Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

                [...]product was exactly what I expected. It is such a unique piece, and was the perfect gift!

                 
                5.0

                Beautiful!

                By 

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Career, Classic, Modern, Practical, Stylish

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Beautiful
                • High Quality
                • Lustrous
                • Stunning

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Wear
                  • Everyday
                  • Formal Occasions
                  • Night Out

                  Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

                  I bought the red beet bracelet as a gift and it was so beautiful when it arrived! I really enjoyed the information about the artist that was included in the box. It could be worn with jeans or really dressed up...the red color was super vibrant and the texture really made it interesting.

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome, ingenious, unique & tasty

                  By 

                  from Denver CO

                  About Me Modern

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Out

                      Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

                      Finally something for someone that doesn't eat much fruit and avoids vegetables like the plague can own and appreciate.

                       
                      5.0

                      Wonderful!

                      By 

                      from TX

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday

                        Comments about Fruit & Vegetable Parchment Bracelets:

                        Gave as gift to aunt who has everything - or HAD everything! :) She absolutely loved the cuff and found it to be very unique and beautiful. Other family members were very envious!

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