The Rouge Vif d’Etampes is well known as the pumpkin that Cinderella escaped in as the clock struck midnight. This striking heirloom variety from France was begging to be made into a pumpkin necklace, and other key pieces of jewelry. Just look at its well defined ribs and flattened oval shape.
As a pumpkin charm it shows power a breakthrough from the Cinderella Complex that beset the female upbringing for so long.
As for the pumpkin charms on chains, wear the 22 inch pumpkin necklace over a casual T or shift dress. Then, layer the 18 inch pumpkin necklace on top as well for a whimsical, tiered effect.
Either or both are elegant enough to go with work or play.
Janet Mavec’s pumpkin necklaces are based on her own favorite variety: the Rouge Vif d’Etampes Pumpkin. This was the most common type of pumpkin in the Central Market in Paris, way back in the 1880s. Ooh la la.
A favorite source for the seeds is Baker Creek. The skin is a burnt orange.
The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed over a thousand pounds, but most pumpkins weigh between 6 and 18 pounds.
Pumpkin pie used to mean pumpkin in the crust, not as the filling. That didn’t change until the late 1700s.