How Would You Describe a Jewelry Box?

This question might seem idiotic to some, but to many, a jewelry box is a symbolic and practical item with an emotional appeal that is almost mythical. Talk to any jewelry store specialist or wedding planner and the mundane answers you expect to this question are nowhere to be found in the discussion.

The wedding or engagement ring set jewelry box, with its tiny two piece hinged encasement is the most popular item to come to mind when the subject of jewelry boxes comes up. Although this is the most common and mass produced style of ring holder, the jewelry box industry is filled with alternate designs, sizes and materials used to make the containers of the most beloved items we own.

There are jewelry boxes for single, personal ring and necklace storage or display. There are commercial jewelry showcases and transport jewelry boxes with advanced protective security features, and everything in between. There are even several collections that contain jewelry box selections that are designed and themed especially for children and teens. Far more than a simple trinket holder, a jewelry box can even be a vehicle for personal expression or a display box for children as in the classic musical jewelry box with a dancing ballerina inside.

No matter what materials, features, or design standards are included in the making of a jewelry box, the end result can be as impressive, expressive, or as subtle as the valuables contained inside. Little thought is usually paid to the jewelry boxes that often carry and secure some of the most important life defining mementos of our existence. We have the professionals in the gem and jewel industry worldwide that have spent there entire lives contemplating the best design and use of the six sides (or more) that surround our treasures ornaments. It is thanks to them that many men have not proposed by pulling a ring out of a paper bag.

Whether purchasing an enclosure for a newly bought jewelry piece, or a necklace display case for our mother, knowing what styles features and material components comprise these holders of fond memories people, times, and places, can greatly improve the overall emotional impact, practicality, and durability of a chosen gift.

Especially for the women in our lives, the jewelry box can be a source of great pride and comfort. Display cases can show off while at the same time protecting mother’s favorite rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, allowing memories of good times to be put on show, if even for themselves.

Security and jewel protection features, though purely practical in nature, can illicit a feeling of emotional calm for the owner, as they can rest assured that all they hold dear is safe, sound, and undamaged within.

Far more than just a box, far more than just a shell, a jewelry box can bring joy and happiness to the people in your life you love most.

Vintage Costume Jewellery Sparkles Again

Men and women have worn costume jewellery since the Romans developed the ability to cut glass imitations of precious gemstones. Jewellery was worn to enhance appearance, display wealth and affirm love, friendship and loyalty. The reasons for wearing jewellery remain the same today, but the popularity of styles changes. Vintage costume jewellery is experiencing a revival these days as sparkling vintage rhinestone brooches are roaring back in style. Here are a few things you’ll need to know to help you pick out the right pieces.

What is it.

It is defined as jewellery that is made from non-precious materials such as cut glass.

Parures.

It is a set that includes a necklace, brooch and pair of earrings.

Demi-parures.

It includes a brooch and a pair of earrings.

Missing Stones.

Steer clear of an item with any missing stones. They are very difficult to replace.

Faux Pearls.

Watch closely any pieces with faux pearls because they chip easily and these chips cannot be fixed. Also, soap, cream and perfume can erode faux pearls.

Enamel.

Pieces with enamel can cause problems. Small areas of enamel damage can be retouched but large areas are very difficult to repair.

Condition Matters.

Good condition is important with vintage costume jewellery. Pin clasps that don’t work, hinges that are suspect may not be replaceable because they may no longer be made. Before you purchase, double check that all the pieces are in original condition and in good working order.

Names to Look For.

The biggest name in Canada fis Sherman and it was usually signed. Other makers to be on the look out for are Trifari, Coro, Schreiner, Hobe and Schiaparelli.

Care.

Once you’ve found something you like, you’ll want to take good care of it. Store your vintage costume jewellery separately in small plastic bags to guard against scratching.

Where To Find Great Vintage Costume Jewellery.

Antique shops, flea markets, garage sales and eBay are all good sources.

Value.

Prices range from under $20 for unsigned pieces to much more for signed sought-after pieces, parures and demi-parures.