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welcome to the gold door


Ethnographic and Contemporary Jewelry and Decorative Arts

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welcome to the gold door


Ethnographic and Contemporary Jewelry and Decorative Arts

 

Hawthorne's Jewelry Destination

The Gold Door has been in Portland, Oregon's historic Hawthorne district since the early 90's. It has since become a landmark and prominent shopping destination.  Our staff travels to exotic lands seeking beautiful and unusual jewelry, fine, folk and ethnographic art to share with all who venture in. Step through the door and discover for yourself where a world of mystery and beauty abound.

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Jewelry


Featuring One-Of-A-Kind In House Jewelry Designs

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Jewelry


Featuring One-Of-A-Kind In House Jewelry Designs

Our Jewlery selection includes, but is not limited to, earrings, bracelets, rings, pendants and full necklaces set in sterling silver with and without stones. But we do have settings made of wood, glass, gold plate, brass and copper. We carry artists from all over the world including Rob Hair, Mercurious Desings,  and Garry Thompson as well as a variety of South West Native American artists. Our countless pieces come to us in a couple of ways. Always hand picked, we buy pieces already set,  or we buy loose stones, design the piece and have them set for us by artists that we work with in Bali, India, Brazil, or right here in Portland.

We have the largest selection of jewelry in Portland if not in all of the Northwest. The styles we carry are as varied as our sources, inlcuding tribal, comtepmorary, classic simple faceted, industrial, vintage, artisan, Islamic, Arabic, just to name a few. We have an amazing variety of set stones from every corner of the earth, anywhere from Tiger's Eye, to Emeralds, to Amber and even things most have never heard of, like Lybian Desert Glass. Metiorites to lava rock, you name it and we can probably adorn you with it!

 

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Devotional


Buddhism, Christianity, Hindu, Spiritualsm

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Devotional


Buddhism, Christianity, Hindu, Spiritualsm

Devotional Deities From Around The World

Buddhism

An extension of Hinduism, Buddhism is the dominant religion of eastern and central Asia. Until the believer learns that the world is a complex obstacle preventing them from reaching freedom and enlightenment, their destiny is to repeat the cycle of death and rebirth. Buddhists believe that the only way to be free of this cycle is to rid themselves of desire and give up their sense of self. For thousands of years, this religion has taught humanity, compassion, understanding and selflessness. Millions of people from all over the world believe that Buddhism is the true path to enlightenment.

The Gold Door has a noteworthy representation of Buddhist deities, including Kuan-Yin, derived from Buddhist god Avalokitesvara as a male deity, then transformed over time into a goddess of healing.

Christianity

Christianity is represented in various forms at The Gold Door, including iconography, jewelry and art. From traditional rosaries and crosses to statuary of saints and Madonnas, you will discover a vast collection of Christian imagery from different countries.

From Mexico, images of Guadalupe, the patron virgin, are available in many forms, from glitzy folk dioramas, to gold and silver leafed statuary and antique retablos which are folk paintings on tin giving thanks for a particular wish granted or miracle received.

Coptic Christian jewelry, icons, bibles and wands from Ethiopia are also available. The collection ranges from new to bibles and prayer books that are several hundred years old. These antique collectors' items are bound in wood with hand written on Thompson Gazelle skin parchment in the archaic language Ge'ez.

Hinduism

The Hindu pantheon is a diverse body of religion, philosophy and cultural practice native predominantly to India. Hindus believe in the Brahman, an infinite principle that had no beginning or end…it is the essence of all existence. Some of their basic beliefs are transmigration (the passing of a soul into another body after death), reincarnation (a cycle of death and rebirth in another form) and karma (the effect of a person's actions that determine their destiny in the next incarnation).

You'll find a diverse array of Hindu statuary at The Gold Door, including the spectacular ones shown to the right of Hanuman, Kali and Ganesh. Our extensive collection also includes Shiva, Durga and Brahma to name just a few. There you'll find Kuan-Yin, the goddess of compassion and healing, Ganesha, god of luck and of "opening the way", Ratnasambhava, deity and protector and Vishnu, preserver of the universe, among other intricately detailed pieces.

Spiritualism

Spiritism is a term related to a group of religions based on ancestral deities. Rooted in an ancient system of devotion and ritual communication, it was brought to the Americas by slaves from Africa's west coast. Very much alive today, these belief systems manifest as Santeria in the Caribbean islands.
Orishas such as Yemaya, goddess of the sea and mother of all, Chango, Orisha of lightning, passion and dance, and Oshun, goddess of love and beauty, are a part of everyday life.

In Brazil, Candomble, which resembles Santeria but has several variations such as Umbanda, a more grass roots/urban influenced sect that incorporates slave and Indian spirits, freely melds with Catholocism.
Haitians practice a more free form religion called vodoun (voodoo). Ritual and symbolism are especially important and ceremonies involve brightly sequined "flags", bottles and costumes to help awaken the sleeping lwa (spirit).

The Gold Door prides itself in its collection of sculpture and ritual artifacts representing these world religions. Our offerings are authentic, collected from the source and offered with love at very affordable prices.

 

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Tarot


Tarot cards from the traditional to the whimsical

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Tarot


Tarot cards from the traditional to the whimsical

The tarot is a pack of playing cards, used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play games such as Italian tarocchini and French tarot. In the late 18th century, it began to be used for divination.

Like common playing cards, the tarot has four suits (which vary by region: French suits in Northern Europe, Latin suits in Southern Europe, and German suits in Central Europe). Each suit has 14 cards, ten cards numbering from one (or Ace) to ten and four face cards (King, Queen, Knight, and Jack/Knave). In addition, the tarot has a separate 21-card trump suit and a single card known as the Fool. Depending on the game, the Fool may act as the top trump or may be played to avoid following suits.

We currently have more then 50+ decks, from the Dali Deck to the most recently released decks available today. Come in and find the deck that best suits you.

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Tribal Jewelry


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Tribal Jewelry


TUAREG JEWELRY

Niger, West Africa

This solid silver and nickel jewelry is made by a clan of 69 Tuareg jewelers in central Niger. All of the jewelry is handcrafted using ancient metal-working techniques.

The Tuareg are traditional nomads of the Sahara Desert and renown silversmiths. Each piece is meticulously engraved with their motifs and represents a thousand years of history.

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Indigenous Art


Artifacts We've Gathered From Around The World

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Indigenous Art


Artifacts We've Gathered From Around The World

Indigenous Art

The Gold Door features authentic art from Africa, Niger, Mexico, Brazil, and many others from all four corners of the Earth.

We sell folk, tribal and devotional art and other irresistible and exotic treasures we find in our travels.  Everything we sell has been hand picked by our knowledgeable and discerning staff.  Our unique inventory of rare and interesting art allows you to travel vicariously through us and to share in our joy of finding that special, the one-of-a-kind artifact that can only be found here..

 

 

 

Mexican Folk Art

Mexican folk art exhibits some of the most powerful examples of human expression and magical realism known. Our collection is seemingly endless, consisting of over 3,000 pieces. Among the works represented you will discover everything from simple, colorful whimsy to our extensive collection representing the Mexican holiday,
Day of the Dead.

Colorful carved wooden masks from the state of Guerero grace our walls. Large papier-mache skeletal figures by the Linares family of Mexico City greet you as you enter The Gold Door. Brightly painted and carved wooden animals from Oaxaca, known as alebrije come in all shapes and sizes. Ceramics from the Aguilar family include their famous "ladies of the night", devils, skeletal and Frida images.

Ever popular is our collection of images of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, famous for her self-portraits, activism and tumultuous but passionate marriage to painter Diego Rivera. You will find a myriad of images of her work on decorated boxes and alters, shrines, purses and jewelry.

The masked Mexican wrestling known as Lucha Libre is a fun yet very serious contemporary folk tradition. Filling arenas twice a week in Mexico City, the champ and newcomers battle it out while performing gravity defying flips and jumps to win a place in the hearts of thousands of fans. We have a large collection of authentic masks, dolls, key rings, wrestling rinks and photos of many Luchadors, all collected at the arenas in Mexico City.

 

Brazilian Folk Art

Brazil is a mosaic of cultures with indigenous Indian, European and African influences. It is the fifth largest nation in the world with a population of 170,000,000 that speaks Brazilian Portuguese.

The scope of Brazilian folk art is vast and varied. From Amazonia The Gold Door features a wide range of decorative jewelry and accessories made of polished coconut and various tropical seeds as well as a selection of eco-sensitive art including beautiful feathered items.

Handmade musical instruments made of native materials are available. These include the Berimbau, an instrument played during the Brazilian Martial Arts style dance, Capoeira. We also carry rattles, drums and the cuica, a friction drum.

Carved wooden bowls, implements of wood and coconut palm, textiles, fiber masks and tooled leather objects are just some of the items we offer.

We have a selection of contemporary paintings depicting scenes from daily life, Carnaval and Samba. Decorative objects and costume remnants of Brazilian Carnaval are among some of the colorful items from Brazil you'll find at The Gold Door.

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About Us


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About Us


The Gold Door first opened in the early 90's in Portland, Oregon's historic Hawthorne neighborhood as an antique mall. We are now one of the Pacific Northwest's leading resources for gemstone jewelry, including many original, one of a kind designer pieces. We also sell folk, tribal and devotional art from all over the world. We literally travel to the ends of the earth to find irresistible and exotic treasures to tempt our customers!

Over the last several years we've been designing our own jewelry, which includes an extensive variety of stones and sizes. If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you'll be able discover many of the unique items you see in our store! We're always adding to the selection, so be sure to check back often.

Our staff is quite knowledgeable and always ready to help customers, whether they come into the store, find something wonderful on our social media, or choose the perfect gift for themselves or someone special.

We occasionally send out newsletters so if you'd like to read about our travels be sure and sign up to receive them. I hope you enjoy our website, follow us on Facebook & Instagram, and if you're in Portland we hope you have opportunity to say hello to us while visiting the store!

 

 

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Located In the Hawthorne District


Monday – Thursday 10am – 7pm • Friday – Saturday 10am – 8pm • Sunday 10am-7pm

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Located In the Hawthorne District


Monday – Thursday 10am – 7pm • Friday – Saturday 10am – 8pm • Sunday 10am-7pm