The Rouge Vif d’Etampes is well known as the pumpkin that Cinderella got away in as the clock struck midnight. This striking heirloom variety from France was begging to be a made into jewelry. Just look at its well defined ribs and flattened oval shape. It could be mistaken for a vintage doorknob.
As earrings, a necklace, or a bangle, the pumpkin charm is an elegant orb that 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 necklace over a casual T or shift dress. Then, layer the 18 inch 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 chains 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.