The Allure of the Wooden Jewelry Box The Allure of the Wooden Jewelry Box What is it about a wooden jewelry box that draws us to it? Why is it something we want to own so badly? The wooden jewelry box has been around almost since men first learned to work with wood. It takes many forms, and almost as many finishes as there are different types of wood. The first wooden jewelry boxes were simple one-chambered boxes, with lids that could be lifted off entirely. Such trinket boxes are still available today, by the way, although they now often are created with elaborate inlays, covered with gilt, or encrusted with decorative items such as shells or gems (real or faux). They are especially popular in India, China, and other Asian countries.As wooden jewelry boxes became more common, they also became more complex. Master carpenters and carvers delighted in creating masterpieces with drawers, secret compartments, plush interiors, and surprises for their owners to find and delight in. From the Middle Ages to the advent of the Industrial Revolution, wooden jewelry boxes became even more elaborate. Intricately carved, richly finished; the wooden jewelry boxes of that era were as much a status symbol as they were a useful item. In fact, the jewelry armoire was the ultimate expression of the wooden jewelry box as status symbol. With the Industrial Revolution, wooden jewelry boxes lost some of their status, since now pretty much everyone could afford at least a machine-made wooden jewelry box for their jewelry, whether that jewelry was real or paste. These days, wooden jewelry boxes are again leading the market. In part, this is due to improved production methods that ensure higher quality, but it is also due to a rise in those interested in creating wooden jewelry boxes by hand. Yes, what was once a dying art has become a popular hobby, and the pieces these artisans turn out can rival those of any medieval master carpenter. Todayâ€™s wooden jewelry boxes can be as fanciful as anything carved in Marie Antoinetteâ€™s day, or as sleek and modern as the face of a new glass high-rise building. The texture can be rough and natural, or highly lacquered to show off the grain. The hardware can be hidden, discreet, or ornate. Wooden jewelry boxes, no matter how modern, though, do bring an aura of gentility to our lives, and an aura of gentility is something we often lack in this age hustle and bustle, just-in-time delivery, and hectic schedules. Edan Alvo is an author for a variety of lifestyle issues and topics. For more information on wooden jewelry boxes , visit the website www.jewelryboxavenue.com. You can also get unique wood jewelry boxes from their extensive collection.
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Published on Jul 16, 2012
Edan Alvo is an author for a variety of lifestyle issues and topics. For more information on wooden jewelry boxes , visit the website www.je...