All That Sparkles: Photos from our 3rd Annual Jewelry Collective!

We are proud to say that this year’s Jewelry Collective was our most successful to date! 16 local artists displayed their work here at Blue Door Beads through December 22nd, and it all started with a wonderful Opening Night on Thursday, December 17th! Below is a collection of photos we took that night, and you can see more close-up examples of each artist’s work by visiting our More Fun Stuff page. Enjoy!


Katie setting up her jewelry display. We want that wooden swivel box!

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Katie’s completed display, streamlined and lovely — gift boxes included!


Janet and Cheryl (Bellacarisma) having fun setting up their jewelry!


We liked the subtle elegance of Cheryl’s display — very clean lines, and easy to see her pieces.

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Janet had lots of cute textured “trees,” and she featured her work at different heights for variety.


Chau (Beaded Girl) and Dawn (Dawn Boyer Jewelry) were getting in the holiday spirit! 🙂

Chau kept her display simple so people could happily pick up and try on her jewelry with ease!

Dawn’s “earring trees” were super cute, and she enticed customers with candy — yum!

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Jewelry by Tanya Moss of Laurels & Moss — a perfect example of letting jewelry speak for itself. Her dainty gold-filled pieces stood out against both her clean white and dramatic black jewelry busts.


Sara giving Kelly some encouragement during her set-up.

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Jewelry by Kelly Rathmann of Subtle Spark Jewelry. Kelly’s display was low-fuss, with subtle texture and a range of shapes to keep it intriguing.

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Jewelry by Stacy Presson of Joyful Jewelry. Stacy’s display was another great example of featuring jewelry at different levels to add visual interest.


Karen Deford posing with her jewelry (D4D Creations).

Karen’s colorful jewelry showed up nicely against her dark blue, subtley-patterned backdrop.


Revola of Revola J setting up her vibrant display!

Revola’s big, bold jewelry called for an equally bold display with lots of shimmer and shine!


Danya of Jolie Bijoux. Danya’s delicate pieces looked terrific on her rustic, vintage-style box!


Courtney of Feisty Kitty Jewelry

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Courtney’s whimsical, seasonal display. We loved the snowflakes & candy canes!


Phred Swain-Sugarman of ph.RED. Phred used a creative mix of romantic pieces (perfume tray, ornate frame) and pops of color to show off her upcycled pieces.

Phred, Courtney, and Danya with their lovely jewelry!


Sydney having fun serving champagne to all of the guests!


We had a full house all night long!

Our fabulous artists! Left of overhead light (L-R): Margaret, Cheryl, Katie, Stacy, and Revola. Under light (back to front): Janet, Danya, Chau, Courtney, and Dawn. Right of light (L-R): Karen, Phred, Tanya, Kelly, and Vida.


Sparkle Plenty: Helpful tips for cleaning & caring for your jewelry

If you’re anything like us at Blue Door Beads, you always want your jewelry to look its best. Sometimes that means giving your favorite pieces some much-needed TLC, either in the form of cleaning or polishing your jewelry, or — at the very least — storing it properly. Below are some DIY methods for cleaning various types of jewelry, as well as some of our favorite jewelry storage ideas. Enjoy!

Jewelry cleaning disclaimer: Always take any pieces you are unsure of to a jewelry expert first. Also, please read the recommendations carefully, because certain methods should not be used on certain types of jewelry.

For sterling silver jewelry with no stones or beads:
Make a small bowl out of aluminum foil (shiny side up) and lay out silver jewelry on the foil. Sprinkle about 1 tbsp baking soda on top of the item(s), then pour approximately 2 cups of boiling water over the baking soda. Move the jewelry around slightly to release any dirt. Let the piece(s) soak for about 10 minutes, then rinse with cold water and dry with a soft cloth.

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 3.25.40 PMFor solid gold jewelry with no stones or beads:

Pour a small amount of light beer (Budweiser, Corona, Heineken, etc.) on a non-abrasive cloth and gently rub where dirt/tarnish is obvious. Wipe off any moisture with a dry, soft cloth. The beer’s natural acids help bring back the shine — who knew?



For costume jewelry (or any other jewelry that is made of unknown metal):

DO NOT submerge the jewelry in water; depending on the metal your jewelry is made of, this could seriously damage your piece. So when in doubt, don’t!

• For rhinestones, spray a little Windex on a soft cloth (never directly on the stone), and then gently wipe clean.

• For any painted jewelry, spray a little vinegar on a soft cloth. It’s less abrasive than the Windex used for rhinestones, so it won’t remove the paint.

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 4.53.33 PM• Do you see green spots on the clip components of your earrings, on the pin backs of your vintage brooches, etc.? That’s verdigris, which is a green or bluish deposit formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces that have been exposed to continuous humidity and/or sea air. If you see this on your jewelry, make sure that you get the “infected” pieces away from everything else in your collection before it spreads to your other pieces. Brass and copper are especially susceptible, especially if they’re unfinished or sealant-free.

To remove existing verdigris, soak a paper towel or cotton pad in vinegar and simply wrap the clip/pin the brooch around it. Let the item sit for at least 15 minutes, then wipe off the green spots. Vinegar-soaked Q-tips can help you get the hard-to-reach parts.

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 3.23.34 PMOne safe method to spruce up any kind of jewelry (including pieces with pearls, gemstones, or any other delicate element or embellishment) is to polish it with a polishing cloth, such as a Sunshine Polishing Cloth (available at Blue Door Beads!) Gentle on all metals and stones, polishing cloths like this can be used repeatedly until they’re worn to shreds. You may have to use some serious elbow grease to see results, and not all metals may end up shining up like they were when they were new, but it’s worth a shot!

One cleaning material NOT to use on any type of jewelry: toothpaste. Many folks incorrectly use toothpaste as a way to clean tarnished jewelry. However handy it may be, jewelry experts say that toothpaste should NOT be used to clean jewelry because it contains ingredients that are very abrasive. This is especially true of silver-plated items, because the toothpaste can damage the silver plating and expose the other metal underneath, leading to eventual corrosion.

How to store your jewelry:

• Keep all of your jewelry in a dry, safe place such as a fabric-lined jewelry box. DO NOT store your jewelry in Ziploc bags, since those hold moisture. Opt instead for some soft-lined bags for transporting your baubles.

• To minimize tarnishing, include anti-tarnish papers to the container you plan to store your jewelry in, or keep jewelry in anti-tarnish cloth pouches.

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 5.24.44 PMIf you live in a somewhat dry environment, or if you don’t mind cleaning your jewelry fairly frequently, you can store your jewelry on an open-air display, like some of the displays below. At the very least, you should store your necklaces and bracelets individually and/or hanging up so that don’t get tangled up with one another. Our recommendation: splurge on a nice jewelry box or jewelry armoire with lots of storage space, including hooks for hanging!

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about how to care for your jewelry, and we’re sure you will now enjoy your sparkling jewelry for many more years to come!

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Thanks to the following websites for their helpful jewelry cleaning & storage tips!

Aluminum foil & baking soda photo found on Pinterest (no source given).
Polishing cloth photo courtesy of

Beer photo courtesy of
Verdigris photo courtesy of
Jewelry armoire photo courtesy of
Jewelry rack displays for sale through fairlywell on Etsy.
DIY picture frame jewelry display idea courtesy of