Purple Cabbage Earrings

created by

Margaret Dorfman


Margaret Dorfman created by

Margaret Dorfman

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Fresh-Picked Fashion

Keep it fresh with Margaret Dorfman's organic earrings, hand-picked and crafted from rich slices of purple cabbage and small orbs of watermelon radish. Dorfman takes her raw material and transforms it into bold spheres of parchment by curing, pressing and drying the goods onto translucent sheets that are then fused to copper pendants. As light hits its lustrous texture, copper backing brings a glow to its saturated pinks and purples. Handmade in California.

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Margaret Dorfman

created by

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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Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
parchment, 14/20 gold filled wire
1.5" L x 1" dia.
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.
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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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Very pretty!


from San Antonio, Tx

About Me Career, Modern, Practical, Stylish

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  • Good Quality
  • Unique


  • Too Heavy

Best Uses

  • Casual
  • Everyday
  • Night Out

Comments about Purple Cabbage Earrings:

Very pretty earrings! Very bright colors, and the veins in the vegetables make the earrings really unique. They're a little heavy and slightly difficult to put on and take off, but not enough to deter me from wearing them. They're perfect for adding little "oomph" to an everyday outfit!

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