Saturday, October 29, 2011

Places: The Turquoise Door

There's an unbelievable amount of places to shop in Austin, Texas. We've got the vintage stores and the high-end designers, as well as everything in between. In terms of jewelry, we're also lucky enough to have amazing local designers who give you unique pieces.

Then there's The Turquoise Door. Tucked in between all the other stores in South Congress, you might pass by the Door and never know it. Doubtful. The Turquoise Door's a whirlwind of color-- and a short blast of it reaches the people walking the streets through its window displays.

Terry and Gary (no, I'm not making this up) have been collecting and selling jewelry and folk art for the past 27 years. Both greatly interested in Mexican culture, they've traveled the country since they were younger in search for beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces to bring back to the States. When you walk into the Door, you'll find necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings-- all carefully picked by the owners from the local jewelry makers in Central and Southern Mexico.

This particular location is one of three the owners have had in Austin. Gary, shown above, talks about his unwavering passion for unique, handmade jewelry and still remembers the many adventures he had when he was younger, traveling in a VW Bug with a translator and a helluva lot of guts, to tiny, remote towns in central Mexico. The artists wouldn't speak even Spanish-- they'd have to settle prices in the Native American language in Mexico, Náhuatl. The Turquoise Door isn't all jewelry. Masks and paintings and many beautiful handcrafted mirrors and other things cover the tabletops and candy-colored walls of the store.

If you love vivid color-- maybe for statement pieces, or if you're one of those fabulous people who can pile it all on and feel totally at ease-- you will love The Turquoise Door. It may be a little pricey for those used to getting all their jewelry at Forever 21, but it's definitely worth it. You will find over-the-top pieces which will steal the attention of everyone everywhere, as well as simple, exquisite pieces you'll wear forever.

The Turquoise Door:
1208 South Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704
Phone: 512- 804-0618