The jewelry box has quite an impressive history and when in this blog post you meet one of the most beautiful jewelry boxes ever! Since the Stone Age, the high society uses jewelry boxes. You need boxes for storing, traveling and … showing off.
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Jewelry boxes, jewelry caskets or a treasure chest?
In the Stone Age, people already use jewelry boxes to store their precious jewelry made of shells and shiny stones. In Ancient Egypt (as early as 5000 BC) most of the Egyptians – also the men- wear jewelry. They owe mostly golden pieces of jewelry decorated with gemstones. The Egyptians store them in large beautiful decorated jewelry caskets or boxes.
Not normal boxes but made of gold or silver with precious gemstones and ivory. The Egyptian lady that owes a lot of jewelry had a jewelry casket and the others store their pieces in jewelry boxes, equally nicely decorated, but the size is smaller. And those boxes are raised on small feet to keep the surface of the box of the ground.
The jewelry box and the casket and even the treasure chest are being used to store the pieces of jewelry. And keep them safe from thieves. It’s all about size.
Not only for royals
Before the Industrial Revolution jewelry is mostly worn by royals, aristocrats and very wealthy people. They owe a lot of great pieces fully decorated with gemstones. And the jewelry boxes and jewelry caskets are not only useful for them. But the box is a ‘showing off piece’, made of precious metals and gems.
In the time of Industrial Revolution jewelry is mass-made, gemstones are cut with a machine and even machines can polish them. Jewelry becomes less expensive and ordinary not so wealthy people can afford to buy a great piece.
But of course, people owe not that much jewelry as the royals do. So the jewelry boxes become smaller and lesser rich decorated.
From jewelry boxes to trinket box.
When you don’t need such a large jewelry box for storing your jewelry you buy a smaller one. And not only fill it with a few pieces of jewelry but also with little gadgets and things that you don’t want to lose. You call those boxes ‘trinket boxes’.
But also the trinket boxes were nicely decorated and placed as decoration and storing boxes in the ladies’ bedroom. Or when they are really especially beautiful, like shaped in the form of a miniature card table from the 18th-century people put that box in a special place where everybody can see and admire it.
Maybe you remember the music boxes, originated from Switzerland, with a dancing ballerina on top. Young girls store their jewelry in it and when you open the box the music starts playing and the ballerina dancing.
Jewelry boxes are popular during ages and ages. Only the size and decoration changes.
Why you need jewelry boxes?
By now, reading this blog post you know that a jewelry box is a great item to store your jewelry in. In earlier days the boxes can be locked to keep the precious treasure safe.
But there are more reasons why you better store your jewelry properly. Some gemstones like jade, amethyst, opals, and quartzes don’t like heat and sun. Store them in a jewelry box that will protect them from damage and breaking.
Silver will tarnish when you don’t wear it and leave it in the open. Oxigin makes the silver tarnish. Besides, no piece of jewelry will become more beautiful from dust. So store your precious jewels properly in a jewelry box.
Meet one of the most beautiful jewelry boxes ever.
A few weeks back I was in an exhibition in Amsterdam. They have the most beautiful jewelry of the Russian court on display. The first thing you see in the exhibition is an absolutely gorgeous and very very expensive jewelry box, owed by the Russian Tsar. Experts are not absolutely sure whether the box is used for keeping jewelry or relics. Or maybe one Tsar used it for jewelry and the other one…
From the Hermitage in St Petersburg
The box weighs 3 kilos (nearly 106 ounces), made of silver plated with gold. It is decorated with amethyst, citrine, turquoise, topaz, chrysolite, garnets, diamonds and many more. In total the box has 400 precious and semi-precious gemstones only on the outside.
The sides have large beautiful pieces of rhinestone quartz that enlarge the items that are in the box, like a kind of magnifier. And you can lock the jewelry box with a small key. You better watch for yourself, because words cannot describe this beauty.
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