Intriguing Information on Indian Marble Jewelry Boxes

September 23rd, 2011 by wys


India is a country well-known for its famous marble and marble products. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built the popular Taj Mahal made entirely in marble in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Curios, like jewelry boxes, sold in the marketplace of India are made with marble. Big marble jewelry boxes are given to brides from Kashmir and Lucknow as part of tradition. These boxes are lavishly decorated with tassels and covered with velvet.

Whenever the bride leaves her father’s house, she carries with her the marble box to bring to her husband’s house. People from the North not only use these boxes for storing their precious jewels but also for holding their holy books. The Quran, the holy book of the Muslims, is usually kept inside a marble box that is placed on the top shelf of their cupboard. In order to bring out their natural shine, marble stones are cut, shaped and polished in factories.

A semi precious stone, the onyx, is also sought after because of its translucent and colorful undertones. Jewelry boxes made of marble come in many shapes and colors and they are prized because of their craftsmanship. The common shapes of marble jewelry boxes include rectangle, square, round, oval, round, octagon, and heart shaped. They usually have a mesh design carved on the sides and on the lids of the boxes.

Various designs are also painted on these boxes using a combination of gold and black or silver and black paints. There are also marble boxes with stone work done in various colors. Marble comes in pastel shades of pink, smoky grey, green, and black. In order to achieve these shades, they go through various processing stages in factories. The Jaipur marble boxes are not just light weight, they are also extremely attractive.

Jewelry is safe and secure because of the strong latches. There are decorative boxes shaped like little handbags with a handle and the latch is usually made of brass. You’ll find the popular black marble box with Mughal designs so exquisite. There are also marble boxes inlaid with the image of the Taj Mahal; the contrast is superb with the black marble box with white inlay work.

Shells and bead work are also commonly seen on marble boxes. Bangle boxes made of marble are quite beautiful especially if there are stones embedded on them. Some boxes even have enamel work done on them to achieve brighter colors. To fix the enamel work on it, aluminum beading is commonly used.

These fine marble boxes are carefully handcrafted and carved by creative artisans in remote villages in Rajasthan and the Pink City in Jaipur. It was believed that the artisans only use tools that they made because they cannot use another craftsman’s tool.

Most men do the carvings and the designs of the box while the women do the ornamentation and the stone work.As their only means of livelihood, these people rely heavily on jewelry box making. The jewelry boxes are sent to Agra and other tourist centers to be sold.

Indeed, one of the best souvenirs you can take home is a beautifully ornamented marble jewelry box from India.

This article was written by Rachael Celia Berlie and Oliver Ocampo 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 http://www.marqartgiftshop.com to browse & buy exotic jewelry boxes that will give you a lifetime of pleasure!

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