Jewelry Box Buying Guide

Jewelry boxes come in a variety of sizes and styles, all with the goal of storing, protecting, organizing, and displaying jewelry. Boxes made specifically for jewelry can be made wood, leather, metal, or various types of fabric. Some boxes are intended specifically for protecting and organizing your jewelry while you travel, while others are intended to compliment the decor or your home. Most jewelry boxes made with women in mind, but there are also jewelry boxes for men and jewelry boxes for children.

With so many choices how do you choose the right jewelry box? How do you select the best one? The key is the think about how much and what type of jewelry you have, how you want to use your jewelry box, and then set a budget.

Below are some popular types of jewelry boxes. Each one has its own unique appeal and is designed to keep your jewelry safe and secure. All you have to do is pick the one you like.

Wooden Jewelry Boxes

Wooden Jewelry BoxWooden jewelry boxes are often the largest. Most contain several drawers and possibly one or two cabinets with glass or wood doors. They're frequently constructed of oak or mahogany, but other woods such as teak or burlwood may be used. Women's jewelry boxes can range from very small chests designed to tuck into a drawer to large bureaus on legs. Most boxes fall in the middle range and provide ample storage for earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets. The drawers may slide out or lift out accordion style. Wooden boxes for jewelry are traditionally have a high gloss lacquer. Some are intricately carved or ornately painted while others are sleek and simple. Drawers are usually lined with velvet and may have necklace hooks or a mirror inside the lid.

Many women receive these boxes as gifts and treasure them for years. Wooden jewelry boxes become family heirlooms that are passed on through generations.

Fabric Jewelry Boxes

Fabric jewelry boxes are becoming increasingly popular. Usually smaller than wooden boxes, they're frequently lined with a combination of satin and velvet. They may have decorative beading on the outside and come in a wide range of colors so as to match the room's decor. These boxes look lovely displayed on a dresser. Fabric boxes also tend to be more inexpensive jewelry boxes than those made of wood.

Fabric boxes are popular gifts for bridesmaids or younger women.

Leather Jewelry Boxes

Boxes for men's jewelry, often called "valets" are simpler than women's versions. They're typically wrapped in leather and may be a single layer tray with compartments or two layers with a lid. They're designed to hold watches and cuff links.

These boxes make excellent gifts for the man who has everything.

Travel Jewelry Boxes

Travel boxes for jewelry need to be specially designed to ensure the jewelry will remain secure and organized. Popular styles include the small locking box with lined compartments and the fabric roll.

Travel boxes usually have compartments that touch the inside of the lid or slide out of the case. The compartments are divided into one large one for necklaces and two or more smaller ones for earrings, rings, and bracelets.

Jewelry rolls have several plastic zippered compartments of varying sizes. They're then rolled up and fastened with a ribbon to keep it secure.

Both of these styles have advantages and disadvantages. The roll tucks easily into a suitcase but provides less protection while the box takes up more space but provides better protection for expensive pieces.

Children's Jewelry Boxes

Boxes for children's jewelry are usually more about the box than its contents. They can be cardboard or wood wrapped in a licensed character's image or fabric. Inexpensive jewelry boxes have a simple latch. When opened, they play a song for a twirling ballerina. Boxes suitable for an older child may be wrapped in brightly-colored leather or fabric. They're often lined with satin rather than velvet and have one to three compartments and a mirror.

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