442-D Lorimer st. #241, Brooklyn, NY, 11206
A BIT OF GLITTERLIMES HISTORY
1996, following her BFA in Jewelry and Metals at Rhode Island School of Design, Debbie Tuch created Glitterlimes
in her San Francisco jewelry studio. Glitterlimes is a jewelry line made from fresh slices of real fruits and candy and snacks from around the world. All the food is preserved then filled or coated with glitter resin. After 16 years of the California fun, Glitterlimes now is glittering New York, with a studio in North Brooklyn. The first year in New York led Debbie to design and decorate the legendary Christmas Tree in Lincoln Square, and the second winter brought our glitters to Barney's for Lady Gaga's Workshop. Keep in touch to see what we do next!
for her clean design of contemporary hand fabricated jewelry,
Tuch says her work with precious metals is "reminiscent of what
you might find in a fairy tale set in the future." For Glitterlimes,
she pursues her long fascination with both the natural and
the fantastic by transforming actual slices of dried fruit,
as well as her favorite candy, gum and snacks into wearable
is coated in a unique durable glitter resin. Throughout the
years Debbie and her scouts have have traveled the world,
looking for candies and fruits in Barcelona, Japan, Brazil,
England, France and many other countries. In California, international
fruits are abundant and brought much inspiration. There are
new items added to the line each year. Some of the
fruits she dries include, every citrus imaginable (3 types
of limes, lemons, oranges, blood oranges, pumellos) and other
exotic fruits such as, kiwano melon, lotus root, starfruit
and persimmons. Every piece is sealed with a self-made glitter
resin. Tuch fully preserves the natural structure of the
fruit, then adds an exciting glow to both decorate and reinforce
the jewels are water resistant, they are best if stored in
a dry place. Due to their organic properties some fruits
will darken or fade in time, but will remain beautiful, shiny
and glittery. Please do not ingest!
The last time you put gum in your hair, it took your mother
half an hour and a jar of peanut butter to get it out. But
Debbie Tuch, creator of Glitterlimes, has made gum, candy,
and all kinds of fruit the most happening things to wear.
Debbie's unique jewelry line began in 1996, when Debbie spread
a glittered resin over dried slices of lime. The unique results
quickly caught the eye of San Francisco residents, and Debbie
took a break from making fine jewelry to experiment with other
kinds of fruit. Before too long, the proceeds from Debbie's
little "experiment" were
paying her rent, and Debbie was flying from coast to coast
to spread the good news that was glitterlimes.
Unlike a ruby or agate, Debbie's "jewels" are one of
a kind. Natural variations in fruit make each organic piece more
unique than any diamond. In addition she glitters all kinds of
candy and treats you don't usually wear–at least not on
purpose. Glitterlimes' beauty startles as much through its revelation
of the beauty in everyday objects as through Debbie's skill.
But if the transformation of candy into "jewels" seems
magical, the glitterlimes mythology takes the element of mystery
to a whole new level.
These limes have a life and a story all their own. On Debbie's
website, where people exchange glitterlime stories, one fan
wrote that he used the word "glitterlimes" to describe
anything magical, mystical, or marvelous. Glitterlimes do seem
to turn up in the strangest places, including the cover of
Time magazine, when Venus Williams wore them in the 2001 US
Making you wonder how such a small company has managed to attract
the attention of people from so many different walks of life.
The answer must be in the attention-grabbing limes themselves,
or in Debbie Tuch, who seems to feel a genuine responsibility
to "bring glitter to the masses." One thing is certain:
The glitterlimes family extends further than anyone knows.