Jewelry Boxes: an Inimitable Combination of Stone and Gem Inlay

September 27th, 2011 by wys

Despite their heavy weight, jewelry boxes in stone can be one of the most ornate possessions you own. Jewelry boxes such as these serve to enhance the spot they are placed in. They are a pretty way to store your jewelry pieces as well.

Stone jewelry boxes come in a range of shapes and sizes. There are also a number of stones from which they can be created. Every one of these stone boxes can be enhanced further with several decorative techniques like carving and gem inlay work. The exclusivity of these boxes depends on how intricate the work is. Marble is one of the most popular stones used in the making of stone jewelry boxes.

Boxes of Indian origin have significant cultural importance attached to them. In Kashmir and Lucknow, brides are given their jewelry in large marble jewelry cases. For North Indians, marble jewelry boxes such as these are used to store religious books like the Ramayana and the Koran as well.

{In the making of these boxes, the marble is cut to the size needed and then polished to bring forth a natural sheen.|When making these boxes, they are cut down to the size required and then polished to bring out their natural sheen. The gem inlay inspired by Emperor Shahjahan and the artisans of the Taj Mahal is used to decorate jewelry boxes.

Beautiful floral patterns are created out of gemstones like carnelian, lapis lazuli, jasper as well as reconstituted turquoise. In small boxes, up to 500 gemstones can be used in the creation of a design. A combination of a number of natural minerals and coupling agents is what makes Incolay which is actually derived from the words “in-layers-of color”.

When the several stratas of natural stones come together they form some really beautiful variegations. Artwork in white is then done to further enhance it. The artwork made is usually of scenes or flowers. Designs can be like a windblown ship at sea or dolphins jumping in water or even a family of penguins.

Another popular style in India are boxes made of Gorara stone. This soap stone is taken from a metamorphic rock and used largely in the making of sculptures. Perforated ornamental designs known as ‘jali’ work are done on these and are also common in Indian architecture. There are a few artisans who choose their stone based on the kind of work they want to do on it.

The Huamanga stone, though fragile has been the choice of a few artisans especially for the creation of religious motifs. After the detailing, they are sanded over to get that natural finish. Another popular material is sandstone that is used in the making of jewelry boxes. Also prominent in India, they are available in a range of colors like the Dholpur Beige or the Bansi Paharpur Pink. Other colors available are Karauli or the Agra Red and the Jaisalmer Yellow.

Marble and onyx have a lot of gem inlay done on them but stone based boxes have another innovation and that is the use of crushed gemstones in inlay work. Nuggets of gemstones are manually crushed into varying textures. This is filled into crevices that have been carved. Commonly used stones are turquoise, malachite, coral among others. The texture vary from beach sand - fine to coarse flakes and even stone chips.

So don’t let anything hold you back from getting yourself or a loved one a thing of beauty. Go right ahead and get yourself one to enhance your collection or that of a loved one.

This article was written by Ruth D’Souza Prabhu of MarqART Gift Shop. Our jewelry boxes feature evocative wood art designs, created from unique wood grain patterns and colors. 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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