Gifts For Girlfriend: Sophisticated Marquetry on Jewelry Boxes

July 10th, 2011 by wys

Big-sized jewelry boxes that are handmade make great gifts for wife. A number of such organizers that are decorated with veneer make for superb gifts. There are different kinds of veneers based on the way the wood is cut.

Veneers that are rotary cut are sliced from the logs as they spin on a lathe. Plain sliced veneers are where half of a log is sliced off in parallel layers producing a number of grain variations. In quarter-cut veneers the log’s rings are sliced at a 90 degree angle for a striped grain, and in rift cut veneers at a 15 degree angle to their growth rings for a look known as fletching.

Veneers have a vast history and many different uses associated with it. The walnut period, which was between the late 1600s and early 1700s saw them being made from walnut trees, laburnum and olive as well as tulipwood. These were thicker than usual and were cut on the grain resulting in a straight effect.

Oystershell veneers were a style introduced in the latter half of 17th century in Holland that made use of the branches of trees. Post 1745, Burr veneers made of mahogany were quite the rage in England. There are times when wood gets damaged from processes such as lopping.

This results in certain malformations on the grain from which the paper thin mahogany veneers, famous during the Victorian period, are made. There are several kinds of woods that were used in olden times for veneers, such as Amboyna. This wood is native to the East Indies and was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries for entire surfaces as well as what is known as cross banding.

Beech, also quite famous at the time, came with flecked grains which were in demand in the Georgian period. Woods like Cedar, Cherry, and Chestnut were used for their range in color tones. In fact Cherry wood was largely used in American Queen Anne as well as Chippendale furniture.

Chestnut was favored in the 18th century for French provincial style of decor. Besides the different kinds of wood used in veneers, there are a number of styles that one can choose from too. Exotic wood is used to make raw wood veneers and can be found in a multitude of grain versions.

These can be used on flat surfaces and both sides of the veneer can be utilized. The wood however goes through a transformation in terms of make-up once the finish is applied to it. Backed veneers are the most expensive forms as they are reinforced with other materials for strength and flexibility.

In these, the backing material is fixed to one side of the veneer making it flexible enough for use on flat as well as curved surfaces. The least expensive are the rotary veneers because of how easy it is to make them. Wood workers prefer to saw wood in their shops and make their own veneers.

Since this is done in their workshops, the veneers are often thick from the manual cutting. Laminate veneers are a result of many thin layers being put together to make on comprehensive piece. These are flexible and can be used in a number of ways.

Veneers are used extensively in decorative art forms like marquetry and in the creation of several products. Taking into consideration their flexibility, they can be used to make anything from large furniture items to delicate cases for jewelry as well. Having a marquetry decorated piece with wood veneers can truly mean having a priceless possession.

This article was written by Ruth D’Souza Prabhu of MarqART Gift Shop. Our jewelry boxes show unique wood grain patterns and colors assembled into beautiful designs of breathtaking beauty. A fine addition to your dressing table or as a gift. Please visit to browse & buy exotic jewelry boxes that will give you a lifetime of pleasure!

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