Classic & Modern Iconic Jewelry

We here at Blue Door Beads find there are certain pieces of jewelry in our stash that we can always wear, no matter what kind of mood we are in. We wear these items so frequently, we sometimes become known for them: Sara’s coconut shell ring, Rachel’s shoulder-dusting chain earrings, and Lydia’s hand-stamped zombie necklace:
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We have other jewelry we love, of course, but these are our go-to pieces. That got us thinking about other people’s trademark jewelry, and we decided to compile a few photos of our favorite iconic jewelry from past and present. We hope you enjoy them!

Elizabeth Taylor wearing just a few pieces of her vast collection of precious gemstone jewelry. Photo courtesy of flapperdays.blogspot.com

Elizabeth Taylor wearing just a few pieces of her vast collection of precious gemstone jewelry. Photo courtesy of flapperdays.blogspot.com

Whever we think of Princess Diana, we think of her in one of her many stunning tiaras. Photo courtesy of tumblr.com.

Whever we think of Princess Diana, we think of her wearing one of her many stunning tiaras. Photo courtesy of tumblr.com.

When we were preteens, we would have done anything to have this Heart of the Ocean necklace to remind us of the romance between Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) in the movie Titanic. Photo courtesy of righthandnails.blogspot.com.

When we were preteens, we would have done anything to have this Heart of the Ocean necklace to remind us of the romance between Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) in the movie Titanic. Photo courtesy of righthandnails.blogspot.com.

Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) wears an elegant and very distinctive Algerian love knot necklace in the movie Casino Royale. Photo courtesy of fashionablygeek.com.

Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) wears an elegant and very distinctive Algerian love knot necklace in the movie Casino Royale. Photo courtesy of fashionablygeek.com.

Chan Luu wrap bracelets by are the #1 bracelet our customers ask how to replicate. Come to the shop & we'll show you how easy they are to make! Photo courtesy of 1tokdestilo.blogspot.com.

Chan Luu wrap bracelets by are the top bracelets our customers ask how to replicate. Come to the shop & we’ll show you how easy they are to make! Photo courtesy of 1tokdestilo.blogspot.com.

These jumbo hoop earrings with rhinestone rondelles were made famous by the ladies of VH1's "Basketball Wives." Come to Blue Door Beads and we'll show you how to make them! Photo courtesy of stylehive.com

These jumbo hoop earrings with rhinestone rondelles were made famous by the ladies of VH1’s “Basketball Wives.” Come to Blue Door Beads and we’ll show you how to make them! Photo courtesy of stylehive.com

Even guys have iconic jewelry! No member of the Green Lantern Corps is complete without his all-powerful ring. Illustration courtesy of atroll.wordpress.com.

Even guys have iconic jewelry! No member of the Green Lantern Corps is complete without his all-powerful ring. Illustration courtesy of atroll.wordpress.com.

Fruitastic!

Although we love all times of year, spring and summer are the seasons during which we enjoy fresh fruits & veggies the most. Any goodies you find at a local farmer’s market (see a full list of Bay Area farmer’s markets here) are brightly colored, fragrant, and perfectly ripe. Even the typically hum-drum produce section at Safeway is bursting with color!

Our recent trips to local markets got us in the mood to find some fruitastic & veggie-ful inspiration, and we weren’t disappointed! We also found some funny photos of fruits and veggies to share because we love the fact that someone can look at an orange and say, “I’m going to make art out of that!” Enjoy. 🙂

Earrings made from real kiwi fruit! Photo courtesy of www.realfruitjewelry.com

Earrings made from real kiwi fruit! Photo courtesy of http://www.realfruitjewelry.com

Ring made from slice of polymer clay oranges. Photo courtesy of Larashandmade on Etsy.

Ring made from slice of polymer clay oranges. Photo courtesy of Larashandmade on Etsy.

PMC and concrete beet necklace. Photo courtesy of LulubugJewelry on Etsy.

PMC and concrete beet necklace. Photo courtesy of LulubugJewelry on Etsy.

Simple elegant cherry earrings. Photo courtesy of pawandclawdesigns on Etsy.

Simple elegant cherry earrings. Photo courtesy of pawandclawdesigns on Etsy.

Hilarious veggie pendants! Photo courtesy of sloshcreations on Etsy.

Hilarious veggie pendants! Photo courtesy of sloshcreations on Etsy.

Polymer clay fruit beads. Photo courtesy of downeastbaubles on Etsy.

Polymer clay fruit beads. Photo courtesy of downeastbaubles on Etsy.

Fruit salad bracelet. Photo courtesy of www.juliabristowjewelry.com.

Fruit salad bracelet. Photo courtesy of http://www.juliabristowjewelry.com.

Although it is possible to dye citrus fruits, they won't look at good as these! This image has been Photoshopped, but we still thought it looked cool.  Photo courtesy of www.welivedhappilyeverafter. blogspot.com

Although it is possible to dye citrus fruits, they won’t look at good as these! This image has been Photoshopped, but we still thought it looked cool.

The queen of fruit fabulousness - Carmen Miranda!

The queen of fruit fabulousness – Carmen Miranda!

A crazy fruit for sale at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati. We couldn't figure out what it is. Can you? Photo courtesy of www.freshpickedwhimsy.typepad.com

A crazy fruit for sale at Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati. A customer just told us it’s a rambutan. Wild! Photo courtesy of http://www.freshpickedwhimsy.typepad.com

Funny fruita makes us smile! Photo courtesy of www.gallery.xemanhdep.com

Funny fruit makes us smile! Photo courtesy of http://www.gallery.xemanhdep.com

Too cute! Photo courtesy of www.yourlifechoices.com.au

Too cute! Photo courtesy of http://www.yourlifechoices.com.au

Creative Cutlery Jewelry

Every once in a while, we here at Blue Door Beads dig through our jewelry boxes at home in the hopes of rediscovering jewelry pieces we haven’t worn in a while. These times are really just excuses for us to look at all of our sparkly things, but every once in a while we find a piece of jewelry that really deserves to be worn again. I recently found a ring I had not worn in ages:

Oneida spoon ring that I acquired from a Berkeley street vendor some 15 years ago.

An Oneida spoon ring that I acquired from a Berkeley street vendor some 15 years ago.

I knew a few other girls in high school who wore spoon rings, and one of them once told me that spoon rings had a history. According to the Kimberlin Silver Co., “The origins of the spoon ring are unknown, though many claim they originated in England during the 17th century and were used as alternative wedding bands. Popular opinion further explains that servants who could not afford precious metals resorted to stealing silverware from their employers and crafted them into wedding rings. Those caught were prosecuted for theft, which is why spoon rings are known to have been used during this time.”

I thought this story was pretty romantic, although the whole “stealing from your employer” thing isn’t so great. I like to think my spoon ring didn’t come from someone’s irreplaceable family silver!

I decided to do a bit more hunting to find out what other fabulous jewelry has been created out of cutlery, and after browsing through pages and pages of Google images and listings on Etsy, I figured I would share a few of my faves, with my absolute favorite at the bottom. Enjoy!

~Lydia
Store Manager

Sculpted fork bracelet. Photo courtesy of spoonman.com.

Sculpted fork bracelet. Photo courtesy of spoonman.com.

Peacock pendant. Photo courtesy of silverspoonjewelry.com.

Peacock pendant. Photo courtesy of silverspoonjewelry.com.

Spoon handle earrings. Photo courtesy of wholesouljewelry.com.

Spoon handle earrings. Photo courtesy of wholesouljewelry.com.

Sculpted fork pendants. Photo courtesy of men-access.com.

Sculpted fork pendants. Photo courtesy of men-access.com.

Spoon handle bracelet. Photo courtesy of wholesouljewelry.com.

Spoon handle bracelet. Photo courtesy of wholesouljewelry.com.

Spoon handle earrings. Photo courtesy of silverspoonjewelry.com.

Spoon handle earrings. Photo courtesy of silverspoonjewelry.com.

"Flying Squid" fork necklace. Photo courtesy of doctorgus on Etsy.

“Flying Squid” fork necklace. Photo courtesy of doctorgus on Etsy.

Amazing fork octopus pendant! Photo courtesy of wholesouljewelry.com.

Amazing fork octopus pendant! Photo courtesy of wholesouljewelry.com.

Flower Power

Although we haven’t had too many April showers yet here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are lucky enough to already have flowers blooming all around us, and holy camellias, are they gorgeous! From the bougainvillea that’s in full bloom across the street, to the gorgeous bouquets we have the pleasure of displaying in our shop, thanks to our resident artist Sandra Lawson of Carpe Diem Design, we just can’t get enough when it comes to flowers.

Below are a few photos of our selection of colorful flower and leaf beads & pendants we have here at Blue Door Beads, plus some other flower-inspired design ideas we thought you might enjoy. We will leave you with a story a friend told us today about her daughter:

“After collecting flowers in the field near our house, Ella said, ‘Mommy, I love that people are like flowers.’ I asked her what she meant and she said, ‘People come in all colors, just like flowers, and they’re all beautiful.'”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! 🙂

A colorful, floral mix of vintage lucite, gemstone, metal, and shell beads here at Blue Door Beads.

A colorful, floral mix of vintage lucite, gemstone, metal, and shell beads here at Blue Door Beads.

A gorgeous bouquet created by the very talented Sandra Lawson of Carpe Diem Design.

A gorgeous bouquet created by the very talented Sandra Lawson of Carpe Diem Design.

Sky View earrings. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com

Sky View earrings. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com

 

Fanciful Flower earrings. Photo courtesy of MyWiredImagination on Etsy.

Fanciful Flower earrings. Photo courtesy of MyWiredImagination on Etsy.

My Cute Buttercup ring. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com.

My Cute Buttercup ring. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com.

Fused flower by Katherine Lake, inspired by the book Wire & Fused Jewelry: techniques from the Sandkühler Studio by Blue Door Beads Instructor Iris Sandkühler. Photo uploaded to Pinterest by Katherine Lake.

Fused flower by Katherine Lake, inspired by the book Wire & Fused Jewelry: techniques from the Sandkühler Studio by Blue Door Beads Instructor Iris Sandkühler. Photo uploaded to Pinterest by Katherine Lake.

Bountiful Blossoms Necklace. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com

Bountiful Blossoms Necklace. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com

Earrings courtesy of Malie Kai Designs.

Earrings by Malie Kai Designs. Photo courtesy of http://www.maliekaidesigns.blogspot.com.