Creative Use of Color

Considering Blue Door Beads is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are fortunate enough to expect 60+ degree weather all this week, peaking at 70 degrees on Friday. We know there are folks in other parts of the country right now who aren’t as fortunate, so we wanted to bring a little color into their lives with a post featuring some creative uses of color in jewelry!

PoppyHuesWe’ve sung this website’s praises before, and we’ll do it again: if you are looking for inspiring color palettes for your next jewelry design, look no further than design-seeds.com. They post new palettes every day (at left), and you can spend hours (trust us — we have!) browsing through their extensive catalog of color combinations.

We also found some beautiful jewelry pieces that use either bright & vibrant, or just flat-out unusual color combinations, and we wanted to share. Enjoy!

Upcycled earrings made from old paint chips by PaintSwatchJewelry on Etsy.

Upcycled earrings made from old paint chips by PaintSwatchJewelry on Etsy.

New Morning bracelet from Vintaj's Idea Gallery on vintaj.com.

New Morning bracelet by Rose Noble. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com.

Necklace made of handmade crocheted beads and polymer clay beads bu Ribizia on Etsy.

Necklace made of handmade crocheted beads and polymer clay beads bu Ribizia on Etsy.

India Archway necklace from Vintaj's Idea Gallery on vintaj.com.

India Archway necklace by Mackie Mullane. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com.

Silver & resin earrings by LGAjewelry on Etsy.

Silver & resin earrings by LGAjewelry on Etsy.

Asian Lantern bracelet from Vintaj's Idea Gallery on vintaj.com.

Asian Lantern bracelet by Mackie Mullane. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com.

Mixed media necklace by SoutacheByMagpie on Etsy.

Mixed media necklace by SoutacheByMagpie on Etsy.

Caribbean Getaway necklace from Fusionbeads.com

Caribbean Getaway necklace from Fusionbeads.com

Art Walk’s New Name: Piedmont Ave. Stroll

As we have posted before, our community is the most important and influential factor of our success. Without our customers supporting our business and spreading the word, Blue Door Beads wouldn’t exist! We are incredibly grateful for our community’s support, and we want to do as much as we can to support other local businesses along Piedmont Avenue.

To help do this, Blue Door Beads participates in what has been known, up until this point, as the Piedmont Avenue Art Walk. After doing some research and talking to other merchants along Piedmont Avenue, we discovered that not every business was featuring local art during Art Walk. Either they didn’t have the room, it was difficult for their business to have an “artsy” angle, or they didn’t have the support & resources they needed to add a little art to their environment. Sara Mancini of Blue Door Beads and Kate Morrow of Resurrect answered the call to action, and the two Piedmont Avenue business owners have joined forces to breathe new life into Third Thursdays on the Avenue!stroll

Art Walk has now become the Piedmont Ave. Stroll, an event that has expanded to include more community activities, such as trunk shows, demonstrations, live music and more, all within the stores along Piedmont Avenue. The Stroll still happens from 6pm-9pm, and this month’s Stroll is happening Thursday, March 21st. Some of the 18 participating businesses will be featuring special deals during that time, including Cato’s Ale House, which will give you 30% off your first round of drinks with a merchant receipt from any of the participating businesses. A few other participating business include The Rare Bird, Nathan & Co., CK Gallery, and Calm, A Salon. Visit the Piedmont Ave. Stroll website for a full list of participating businesses and to find out more information about the Stroll. We’ll see you this Thursday!

Cato's Ale House also features Trvia Mondays & Karaoke Saturdays!

Cato’s Ale House also features Trvia Mondays & Karaoke Saturdays!

The Long and Short of It

actual_lengths We often feel that necklace lengths are a matter of personal preference, but we have encountered so many customers recently asking us what lengths are considered standard that we decided to write up some tips & guidelines regarding how you can decide what length is best for you. Keep in mind, fashion rules are made to be broken, and by no means do we consider ourselves to be the Fashion Police. We promise we won’t get mad if you decide to shake things up a bit. It is hard to go wrong with truly “classic” looks, but we also love how gorgeous necklaces can look when layered together and worn in fun & funky ways!

When folks ask us what is an “ideal” necklace length is, we typically tell them somewhere between 16 and 20 inches. A necklace in this range sits just between the base of the throat and the collarbone (for most people). Sixteen inches is usually the shortest most women are comfortable wearing, although collar-style necklaces can be as short as 14 inches. For men, 18 to 20 inches is considered short, while 21 to 24 inches is considered medium length.  For children’s necklaces, 14 to 16 inches is standard. However, keep in mind that everyone’s body dimensions differ, so if you are unsure of what length is most comfortable, grab a flexible measuring tape and spend a bit of time in front of a mirror to find your ideal necklace length.

Hot look: mixing and matching short & long necklaces with open-collar shirts.

Hot look: mixing and matching short & long necklaces with low-neck shirts.

Now comes an even trickier part: determining how long your necklace should be to compliment your outfit. As a rule of thumb, if you are wearing clothing with a high neck, long necklaces look best; a short necklace draws the eye up, and a necklace so close to your clothing neckline cane look a bit tight. Long necklaces are also nice for those who prefer to draw attention away from their necks, and they can add a very sophisticated look to an outfit. The longer the necklace, the more dramatic the look!  However, short necklaces look nice with a wide variety of necklines, including V-necks, open-collar buttoned blouses, scoop-necks, boat-necks, and more.

Below are some looks we love on ladies, as well as some shots of one our fave jewelry-wearing gentlemen: Johnny Depp. Johnny’s been rocking awesome jewelry for as long as we can remember, and he looks darn good doing it! Whatever your size, age, gender, shape, or style, we hope you’ve found this post helpful in finding your perfect necklace length. Like we said before: break some fashion rules, and — most of all — have fun with your jewelry!

One of our in-house artists wearing a simple, yet stunning piece that we designed for her.

One of our in-house artists wearing a simple, yet stunning piece that we designed for her.

We like the idea of mixing short, bold necklaces with longer, more delicate ones. Why choose between them, when you can wear them all?!

We like the idea of mixing short, bold necklaces with longer, more delicate ones. Why choose between them, when you can wear them all?!

Maria Menounos knows how to add some pizazz to a plain, open-collar shirt.

Maria Menounos knows how to add some pizazz to a plain, open-collar shirt.

Selena Gomez dresses up a simple black turtleneck with a dramatic silver necklace.

Selena Gomez dresses up a simple black turtleneck with a dramatic silver necklace.

Early '90s Johnny. Gotta love his grunge-chic look!

Early ’90s Johnny. Gotta love his grunge-chic look!

Even today, Johnny loves his beads & chain. And we love YOU, Mr. Depp! ;)

Even today, Johnny loves his beads & chain. And we love YOU, Mr. Depp! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credits in order from top to bottom:
Photo 1 courtesy of alenasoriginals.blogspot.com
Photo 2 courtesy of stelladot.com
Photo 3 courtesy of Sarah Wakida of Cloth & Nail.
Photo 4 courtesy of alixandracollections.tumblr.com
Photo 5 (Maria Menounos) courtesy of glamour.com
Photo 6 (Selena Gomez) courtesy of makeupandbeauty.com
Photo 7 (Johnny Depp) courtesy of fashionoverreason.blogspot.com
Photo 8 (Johnny Depp) courtesy of listal.com

Going Green for March

If someone asked us which color we associate with March, we would have to say green. Besides the obvious reason (Saint Patrick’s Day — just in case it wasn’t that obvious), green also comes to our minds because of all the little green buds that have started to sprout around the Blue Door Beads neighborhood. Granted, we are lucky to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where spring pretty much started last week, but, for those of you in other parts of the country and the northern hemisphere, spring is coming! March 20th officially marks the spring equinox for everyone, and we are counting down the days!

What else has put us in a green mood? It just so happens that the Pantone Fashion Color Report declared Emerald the Color of the Year for 2013.

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We here at Blue Door Beads not only enjoy green beads, but we also wholeheartedly support the idea of “going green,” and we feature several different types of upcycled beads and components. Check ’em out!

Vintage bottle cap beads are funky & playful! They also come in tons of other colors.

Vintage bottle cap beads are funky & playful! They also come in tons of other colors.

We LOVE these glass pendants and components made from upcycled glass bottles!

We LOVE these glass pendants and components made from upcycled glass bottles!

Our selection of green beads includes serpentine, jade, and peridot gemstones, lucite, acrylic, tagua nuts, and lampwork glass beads by JC Herrell.

Our selection of green beads includes serpentine, jade, and peridot gemstones, lucite, acrylic, tagua nuts, and lampwork glass beads by JC Herrell.