Handmade Jewelry Boxes: A Few Awesome Facts You Were Not Aware Of!

April 19th, 2011 by wys

Can you believe that an intricately handcrafted wooden jewelry box could be as attractive as the jewelry it stores? Handmade jewelry cabinets and handmade jewelry boxes have always been much in demand particularly during the Renaissance and Elizabethan eras. Although several metals have been used in the making of jewelry boxes, wood has been the most attractive because of its earthiness and pliability in the hands of expert woodcarvers.

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France and of Navarre, redecorated her residence, the grand apartment de la reine, with many intricate and expensive pieces of furniture. Jean-Ferdinand- Schwerdfeger, famously known as the ‘Art Carpenter’ of the 18th century, is said to have gifted the queen with a monumental jewelry cabinet that held pride of place in her boudoir.

Jewelry boxes may be made with different kinds of wood. Some of the most common are pine, cedar, walnut, redwood, mahogany, teak, oak, and cherry. There are some exotic varieties of wood too like the African wenge, and the ebony from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and India. The favorites are hardwoods..

Symbols, flowers, landscapes, and other patterns are carved on the lids of most wooden jewelry boxes. These are popular both with women and men. The rich like their jewelry box to blend with the rest of their furniture, windows, and doors.

Each wooden jewelry box is unique as it is handcrafted and has its own traits. The natural color of the wood used in making the box is enhanced by artistically combined burls after they are stained. These burls look like granite and are used to create exotic patterns that cannot be replicated.

The more expensive wooden jewelry boxes are lined with acid-free suede to prevent jewelry from getting tarnished. But if you are storing silver jewelry, it would be best to keep it in its original bag even when inside the jewelry box as silver tarnishes easily when exposed to air.

A women’s jewelry box should ideally have many dividers and drawers to store necklaces, bangles, earrings, rings, and even watches. There will be hooks for necklaces and drawers for bracelets, a mirror on the lid, and melodious music that plays when the box is opened.

Men’s jewelry boxes are rarely called that! They are referred to as ‘watch boxes’, ‘valet boxes’, ‘cufflink boxes’, etc and they are less ornamental than women’s jewelry boxes. An ideal box for men would be one that has several trays and dividers with spaces for rings, watches, cuff links, tie pins, etc.

Woodcarvers are found all over the world but are predominantly from Russia, the Middle East, Asia, and Alaska. Any piece of wood can be transformed into an intricate piece of art by a skilled ‘art carpenter’ . Owning and displaying intricately carved wooden jewelry boxes is a hobby of the rich and famous, and sometimes, the box could turn out to be more expensive than the jewelry it contains!

The rich and famous even consider it a hobby to collect and display intricate wooden jewelry boxes and at times, the jewelry box turns out to be costlier than the jewelry in it!

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