Thrilling Jewelry Boxes in Books, Movies, and Plays

October 1st, 2011 by wys

It’s of interest to many that jewelry boxes have been featured extensively in movies, plays, and books. They have been the crux of several Hollywood movies. In fact, many movies are intriguingly woven around a jewelry box.

‘The Black Swan’ is one example in which actress Natalie Portman gave an Oscar-winning performance. Each night when she went to bed with her toys in the movie, she would dream of a ballet dancer in a musical jewelry box.

Released in the seventies was a South Korean film ‘When A Woman Breaks Her Jewelry Box’, about a woman who breaks her jewelry box to find the truth about her mother. The broken box revealed that her mother was alive when all along the lady had presumed that she was dead. It was recognized as the best film and even won an award at the Blue Dragon Film Award ceremony.

Yet another scary movie involving jewelry boxes was ‘What Lies beneath’ starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford. Michelle stumbles upon a jewelry box behind their lake home and it turns out to be a clue that helps solve a murder mystery. She is constantly bugged by a ghost that keeps appearing and the movie is an absolute must-see for its fantastic ending. Movie series like the ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ have also made use of treasure chests and jewelry boxes a lot.

Dalton Moore, an administrator at the Swindon High School penned a play called ‘The Missing Bride’ in the eighties. The students were so convincing with their performances that they won an inter-school competition. The play centered around a bride who went missing from her own wedding party. Guests at the reception were worried about the missing bride.

They looked all over the house until they came across an old jewelry chest and had to make an effort to open it. Inside they found only the bride’s dress and not her. Though her body was missing, her beautiful wedding gown was there. There was pin drop silence in the audience as they were dumbstruck. The play finally explained how the old house that the groom and bride had bought was in fact haunted.

Greek mythology speaks of Pandora’s box, one that was given to a beautiful girl by the Gods, with explicit instructions that it should not be opened. But as a curious child she opened the box and released illness, disease and destruction into the world.

Fairy tales have their share of jewelry boxes too. ‘The Emperor’s Clothes’ is a story where the garments and riches of the king were stored in highly decorated treasure chests. In the Harry Potter series, J K Rowling explains Harry’s wizardry and the money he inherits from his parents in the first book. Jewelry chests at Gringotts Wizarding Bank was where all his money was kept. This movie was called ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’. Children and adults alike love the idea of movie stories that revolve around jewelry boxes.

Irrespective of whether it is a movie, a book, or a play, the whole family is bound to love it.

This article was written by Rachael Celia Berlie and 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 marqart jewelry boxes that will give you a lifetime of pleasure!

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