Parchment Blossom Earrings

These delicate flower earrings are handcrafted from translucent, vegetable parchment.
featured in the

Uncommon Collection

$40.00

featured in the uncommon collection

Fresh-Picked Beauties

These delicate flower earrings fresh enough to be just-picked from the garden, but you might not guess that it's the vegetable garden. The creation of artist Margaret Dorfman, these flowers have petals and leaves crafted from thinly sliced vegetables. The veggies are picked for their rich color, and then cured, pressed, aged and dried into thin sheets. The parchment-like sheet is then shaped into their delicate flower forms and mounted on gold filled earring hooks. Each blossom is finished with a semi-precious stone as the tip of its stamen. Handmade in California.

Choose from five combinations:
White Blossom Potato and Thai Green Papaya with Peridot
Purple and White Potato with Amethyst
Amarosa Potato and Thai Green Papaya with Garnet
Golden Yam Peridot
Watermelon Radish and Zucchini with Tourmaline

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Made in California

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Margaret Dorfman for the Uncommon Collection

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Margaret Dorfman for the Uncommon Collection

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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Each item in the Uncommon Collection meets five important standards. Here's how Parchment Blossom Earrings qualified for the Collection:

Original Design

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.

Responsible Business Practices

mission statement

The beauty of things that surround us everyday often goes unseen. It is easy to disregard what is ubiquitous and devalue what is commonplace. For this reason I derive a deep satisfaction from making this work - vessels, jewelry and functional serve ware from vegetables and fruit. They invite us to re-experience and hold those fleeting moments of the season`s ripe offerings. They allow us to re-see what we frequently take for granted - the luminous beauty of fruits and vegetables, the incredible complexity of their structure, their jewel-like colors, and most of all, their ability to surprise and enchant. As I work with the fruits and vegetables, I feel that I am not creating this work, but instead uncovering what was always there for us to see.


fair wage

Margaret Dorfman does not currently have full-time, year-round employees.


paid time off

Margaret Dorfman does not currently have full-time, year-round employees.


recycling primary/secondary materials

All veggies/fruit remainders left from production process are composted. Left over Vegetables/fruit in good shape are donated to community food banks. The studio uses reclaimed water (they collect and reuse naturally flowing ground water and rain water when available). Buying local is important to Margaret.The veggies and fruit she uses come from SF-based wholesale produce supplier who purchase with an emphasis on locally grown /organic produce. For some exotics she shops at the local Farmer`s Market or independently owned, community grocers in Oakland Chinatown, the Mexican Mercados in the Fruitvale district, or the Berkeley Bowl.


charitable giving

When a non-profit organization that resonates with Margaret's values makes a request, she gives in the form of product donations (Jewelry, glass trays and platters and the vegetable parchment vessels) to their fund-raising auctions. Some organizations that have received donations: Midrasha - Jewish education for teens Deaf Hope - preventing violence for Deaf Individuals Norcal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing - support for Camp Grizzly summer camp Save Mt Diablo - nature conservancy Redwood Empire Food Bank- Empty Bowls auction


Environmentally Friendly Materials

Margaret uses dried vegetables and semi-precious stone, natural source materials.

Resourceful Packaging

The boxes that we use for packaging UncommonGoods items are made from 100% recycled paperboard and are recyclable.

Exclusivity

There's one place-- and only one place-- where you'll find the the Parchment Blossom Earrings: UncommonGoods.

Handmade Exclusive Made in the USA
Made from
amethyst, peridot, tourmaline, dried vegetables, 14kt gold filled wire
Measurements
3" L with stem x .5" W, each set varies slightly due to handmade nature
Care
Store out of direct sunlight.
Item ID
22100

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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.

Due to the handmade and natural elements of these items, colors may vary slightly from photo.

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4.1

(based on 107 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (94)
  • Good quality (44)
  • Stunning (44)
  • Good length (28)
  • Comfortable (20)

Cons

  • Too delicate (24)
  • Falls off easily (6)
  • Poor quality (3)
  • Too long (3)

Best Uses

  • Dates / night out (54)
  • Casual dresser (51)
  • Everyday (42)
  • Formal occasions (32)
  • Business (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Stylish (47), Practical (29), Comfort-oriented (28), Classic style (26), Modern (26)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (92), No (26)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Magically delicious-looking earrings

It's a great conversation piece. I love telling people how the earrings are crafted, and then they are compelled to ask to inspect the earrings. They are a remarkable addition to my jewelry...Read complete review

It's a great conversation piece. I love telling people how the earrings are crafted, and then they are compelled to ask to inspect the earrings. They are a remarkable addition to my jewelry collection.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Like the design- REVIEW #2

I purchased the watermelon radish & zucchini.
I originally gave these 4 Stars but had only worn them once. They are delicate so I knew to be careful. On the third...Read complete review

I purchased the watermelon radish & zucchini.
I originally gave these 4 Stars but had only worn them once. They are delicate so I knew to be careful. On the third time one of the flowers tore/cracked. It was small & something i could've lived with. But today I wore them for a 4th time and one of the beads/semi-precious stones on the end of the wire came off! (on the cracked flower one too). I had wanted to purchase the purple potatoe pair, but won't now.

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5.0

I love these earrings

By 

from Racine WI

About Me Modern, Stylish

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Stunning
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual
    • Formal Occasions
    • Night Out

    Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

    I get compliments every time I wear them

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Prettier than you can imagine

    By 

    from PA

    About Me Classic

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Length
    • Good Quality
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Out

      Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

      So beautiful and a great talking point

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Gift was a hit!!!!

      By 

      from Arizona

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Stunning
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

          Got my mom the white ones for her birthday. I always get her jewelry from uncommon goods and she always likes it. She loved these more than any others I've gotten!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          1.0

          I was so disappointed. The earrings break apart on contact.

          By 

          from West Chester, PA

          About Me Career, Classic, Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Unique

          Cons

          • Fall Off Easily
          • Too Delicate

          Best Uses

            Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

            I received a pair for Christmas. One fell out of my ear, so I ordered a second pair. On the first wearing both earrrings snapped off, just being touched.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great gift!

            By 

            from Arcata, ca

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

            My moms birthday is a week before Mother's Day, so we sent these earrings as a birthday/Mother's Day gift. She loved them!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            My mother loved these (I haven't seen them yet)

            By 

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Modern, Stylish

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday
              • Night Out

              Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

              My mom was thrilled when she received these earrings. Very original, elegant, simple, and so just the kind of gift I like to give.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              5.0

              Amazing art!

              By 

              from San Francisco, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Dazzles
              • Good Quality
              • Stunning
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Casual
                • Everyday
                • Formal Occasions

                Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

                I purchased the purple potato earrings and my expectations were exceeded! Before ordering I was already amazed at the creativity and unique design, but upon receiving them I was even more amazed! My mother loved them as a Christmas present and said she would be looking up the other parchment blossom earrings to purchase later on. Highly recommend!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Great in theory, but a bit cheap for the cost.

                By 

                from UK

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

                You might wear this once.

                 
                4.0

                Very unique

                By 

                from NY, NY

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual
                  • Everyday
                  • Formal Occasions
                  • Night Out

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

                  I bought these first for my sister's birthday and she loved them so much that I bought them again as a Christmas gift. These earrings are so unique and so pretty that both recipients have told me they receive compliments from people all the time. They are very delicate though so storing them may be an issue if u are not careful. I'm ordering a pair for myself.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Magically delicious-looking earrings

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                  from Berkley, Michigan

                  About Me Hippie, Unique

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Eye-Catching
                  • Intriguing
                  • Stunning
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business
                    • Casual
                    • Everyday
                    • Night Out

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Parchment Blossom Earrings:

                    It's a great conversation piece. I love telling people how the earrings are crafted, and then they are compelled to ask to inspect the earrings. They are a remarkable addition to my jewelry collection.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes

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