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Precious Boxes

Mar 18, 2013

by Cate Fitt

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

There is something mysterious and exciting about opening a jewelry box. When I was sick, my mother would lend me her painted wooden treasure chest and allow me to play gently with her silver charm bracelets. In that same box were the inexpensive engagement ring she and my father had bought from a pawnshop and the little beaded hospital bracelets worn by each of her four children.

Thanks to Etsy, my own handmade jewelry collection has been growing and I have been searching for the best ways to store and display my favorites.

[1. Handmade Jewelry Box by PKBrownWoodworking 2. Brooch from HighArt 3. Ring by TheJustifiedSinner 4. Vintage Toolbox from SnapshotVintage]

A repurposed, slightly battered tool chest sitting next to a petite doll dresser would make an eclectic display that reflects my own quirky taste in jewelry.

[1. Felted Brooch by Baymut 2. Trinket Box by tanjasova 3. Small Cabinet by LauraShapiroStudio 4. Spider Web Pendant by dollybirddesign]

Certain jewelry pieces seem to require their own special containers. Others are fine in ordinary boxes and pouches and can be tucked into a set of stacking boxes.

[1. Mini Jewelry Box from Andolinaswishes 2. Puzzle Box by tomomaru 3. Bracelet by JohnWiseDesigns 4. Bronze Bremen Bremen by TadashiKoizumi]

Some boxes are works of art themselves, while others are props for imaginative stories.

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[1. Brooch by P8ButtonArt 2. Victorian Pine Jewelry Box from artyfactz 3. Ring Box by tanjasova 4.Cherry Jewelry Chest by WIBN]

What is your ideal container for jewelry?

Browse Jewelry Storage on Etsy

Japanese Puzzle box (Himitsu bako)- 6inch(150mm) 10steps Hidden Drawer & Nested box
Japanese Puzzle box (Himitsu bako)- 6inch(150mm) 10steps Hidden Drawer & Nested box
$98.00 USD
wood jewelry box retro style two drawer rounded front keepsake box trinket box
wood jewelry box retro style two drawer rounded front keepsake box trinket box
Sold
Vintage Machinist Wood Toolbox  - Antique Tool Box / Toolbox - Industrial Decor
Vintage Machinist Wood Toolbox - Antique Tool Box / Toolbox - Industrial Decor
Sold
Brooch, Anti-Nuclear Power, deformed Cow, Sterling Silver, Moldavite, Variscite, Pearl, Enamel, Artist Signed
Brooch, Anti-Nuclear Power, deformed Cow, Sterling Silver, Moldavite, Variscite, Pearl, Enamel, Artist Signed
Sold
Dollybird Preserved Spider Web Pendant 3 inch
Dollybird Preserved Spider Web Pendant 3 inch
Sold
Zaga No 1 - Rustic Natural Wooden Ring or Trinket Box by Tanja Sova
Zaga No 1 - Rustic Natural Wooden Ring or Trinket Box by Tanja Sova
Sold
Vintage wooden miniature, tiny furniture with drawers, jewelry box c.1960s/1979s
Vintage wooden miniature, tiny furniture with drawers, jewelry box c.1960s/1979s
Sold
Bracelet #5
Bracelet #5
$385.00 USD
Bremen Bremen
Bremen Bremen
$35.00 USD

2 Featured Comments

  • jessgreenleaf

    Jess Greenleaf from GREENLEAFblueberry said 3 years ago Featured

    The containment of a thing can be as interesting as the thing itself. Hollow books, tiny dressers, wooden puzzle chests, and jewelry boxes... It's one of the ways I found my way to my altoid watercolor sets. It's like a fun secret to have a treasure concealed in an unsuspecting or interesting way.

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 3 years ago Featured

    I love boxes too! I have a traditional style cherry wood jewelry box given to me years ago. But I really love the retro style of TKfindz and the amazing woodworking of LauraShapiroStudio shown here. They are like little treasure chests filled ready to be filled with precious and personal treasures. Lovely!

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  • irishandmore

    irishandmore from irishandmore said 3 years ago

    tanjasova 's boxes are beautiful and so very one of a kind. Check out her SOLD items. They are beautiful. Love the Bremen, Bremen too. I have family from there.

  • MayAvenue

    Margaret Kelly from MayAvenue said 3 years ago

    I love the rustic ring box! It is so natural and unique. I have been trying to figure out how to house and protect my ever growing collection of handmade jewelry and these are some amazing selections!

  • glynniskillen

    Diane and Glynnis from DiGiJewels said 3 years ago

    This opened my eyes to new ways to store and display jewels! Thank you for the insight!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 3 years ago

    Wow...beautiful!!!

  • MollCutpurse

    Whitney Dirks-Schuster from TimeAndTrilobites said 3 years ago

    My husband had me pick out a beautiful birdseye maple jewelry box a few years ago as a Christmas present. Every time I look at it, I remember just how much I adore wood as a medium and jewelry boxes as a creation! After seeing mine, my mom decided to buy one as well, from the same artist, in the same style, but using different woods. They make a lovely pair!

  • H88255

    H88255 from HillarysSuperfoods said 3 years ago

    Aww. So pretty. Like little hidden treasures!

  • jessgreenleaf

    Jess Greenleaf from GREENLEAFblueberry said 3 years ago Featured

    The containment of a thing can be as interesting as the thing itself. Hollow books, tiny dressers, wooden puzzle chests, and jewelry boxes... It's one of the ways I found my way to my altoid watercolor sets. It's like a fun secret to have a treasure concealed in an unsuspecting or interesting way.

  • expressyourself

    Natalia Snemis from expressyourself said 3 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry boxes!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 3 years ago

    Gorgeous picks! My chest of drawers has a hidden pull out drawer lined in green felt. I didn't even know about it when I bought it.

  • iTagStudios

    Ressie and Marjie from iTagStudios said 3 years ago

    Beautiful! I love boxes!

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier said 3 years ago

    How timely! I've been wondering why someone could not come up with a jewelry box large enough to house growing collections of jewels! With all the wonderful jewelry that can be had on Etsy both vintage, re-purposed and new, I can't imagine anyone not wanting to have something wonderful atop the dresser to consolidate and house ALL their collections in one tidy place!

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery said 3 years ago

    Wonderful and unusual boxes here!

  • thelittlemarket

    Debbie from thelittlemarket said 3 years ago

    wonderful!!!

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 3 years ago

    Very interesting boxes.

  • HeatherBuchanan

    Heather Buchanan from HeatherBuchanan said 3 years ago

    One year, as a birthday gift from my parents, I received a lovely green box full of my grandmother's old jewelry. I'd been pining over Sherman rhinestone jewelry for years, and without even knowing how desperately I yearned for the blissful sparkles, they had filled this box with every Sherman set my grandma had owned. Her jewelry still occupies this little box, which lives on top of my dresser. Every now and then I take it out, open each drawer, and admire each glittering memory, piece by piece.

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 3 years ago

    There is just something magically mysterious about a wooden box -- what untold treasures lie within? It practically dares one to open it, or at least try.

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 3 years ago

    I love jewelry boxes and these are great. Interesting jewelry, too.

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 3 years ago

    I love boxes, they're one of my small passions! They keep everything organized and tidy while looking so beautiful! Everytime I see a box I think of its possibilities and it kind of makes me think of enchanted stories :). I love the selection you made, Cate, thank you for sharing!

  • richardlithgow

    Richard Lithgow from RichardLithgow said 3 years ago

    Very cool, very special.

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 3 years ago

    Wow oh wow!

  • ZorroPlateado

    Carole from ZorroPlateado said 3 years ago

    I want one of each....love all the boxes!

  • gardenjewels

    Julie DeGroot from JewelsInTheGarden said 3 years ago

    I'm always on the lookout for unusual and eclectic treasure chests to hold my jewelry & memories. Vintage brass cricket boxes are my favorite to collect. These are stunning finds! Beautiful work! Love this post ~ Thanks for sharing!

  • christieannbieber

    christieannbieber said 3 years ago

    I'm to the point of needing a jewelry armoire. I have a box similar to the cherry dresser top box pictured here, but I have too many necklaces and they all get tangled up! I may craft something out of old drawer handles to hang them on. Thanks Cate!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 3 years ago Featured

    I love boxes too! I have a traditional style cherry wood jewelry box given to me years ago. But I really love the retro style of TKfindz and the amazing woodworking of LauraShapiroStudio shown here. They are like little treasure chests filled ready to be filled with precious and personal treasures. Lovely!

  • dahliasoleil

    Paulette from dahliasoleil said 3 years ago

    That puzzle box is awesome.

  • ginasart8

    Gina Hammond from McGillhandmade said 3 years ago

    I used to make stained glass jewelry boxes and may take this as an omen to start again. Thanks for the walk through different types of boxes for different people.

  • sandrostumpo

    Sandro Stumpo from GalleryDiModa said 3 years ago

    So awesome. I love solid wood stuff. Nowadays the furniture is made of particle board (sawdust and glue) and falls apart in a few years. The good stuff lasts years and gets that beautiful weathered color and shine.

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware from fineartstoneware said 3 years ago

    Very nice boxes!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 3 years ago

    Love the boxes, they are one of my favorites. Especially love the two black and white photos.

  • SHM2013

    Silvia from MarinaBosettiDesigns said 3 years ago

    The detail on the wooden boxes are really neat by TKFindz. Also enjoyed the button art, totally out of the box! :-)

  • SHM2013

    Silvia from MarinaBosettiDesigns said 3 years ago

    Really enjoyed the wooden boxes and the button art. Thinking out side the box on the button art. Nice!

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 3 years ago

    Beautiful boxes. I have seen some gorgeous ceramic boxes too:>)

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 3 years ago

    Beautiful boxes. I have seen some gorgeous ceramic boxes too:>)

  • astarteearthart

    astarteearthart from astarteearthart said 3 years ago

    I love wooden boxes for those special items.

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace from VintageMarketPlace said 3 years ago

    I love having a special box to keep things in. I still have my cedar box they handed out at graduation from high school. Do they still do that?

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 3 years ago

    I have a weakness for wooden boxes & an ever growing collection, they're addictive!

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery said 3 years ago

    There's a box for every treasure.

  • jmayoriginals

    jean from jmayoriginals said 3 years ago

    such unique and beautiful finds.

  • miriammcgowan

    miriam from MizMiriam said 3 years ago

    Wow its all in the box , does not matter whats in it .A box is intriguing.

  • BemusingBaubles

    Sarah Laguna from BemusingBaubles said 3 years ago

    Small boxes--my weakness. I just picked up three more at the Goodwill the other day. Sometimes the boxes are more precious than what is inside them.

  • AllegroBrillante

    Marina from Andolinaswishes said 3 years ago

    Lovely blog post! I remember playing with my grandma's jewelry box, imagining her as a young lady... Thank you very much for featuring my Mini Vintage Jewelry Box! :)

  • abenakcreation

    Virpi Irene Bendandi from ABenakCreation said 3 years ago

    These boxes and mini cabinets are pieces of art in themselves! I have old some old wooden boxes, that you can can sometimes buy wines for gifts in, and have decorated them with decoupage to hold my jewellery. But I love these cabinets with many drawers and compartments to keep everything separated and in order.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 3 years ago

    Adorable!

  • mkasonen

    Merle Kasonen from Mekadorn said 3 years ago

    As a jewelry artist, I'm also crazy about boxes. It's a disease! Who has it, knows it :)

  • elizabethtriggs

    Elizabeth from LeadOnDogs said 3 years ago

    Lovely wooden boxes! There's always treasure within.

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 3 years ago

    Great post again :) Merci!

  • byDelirium

    Angela from DeliriumAccessories said 3 years ago

    Beautiful Boxes!!

  • janicewd

    janicewd from janicewd said 3 years ago

    What beautiful boxes and wooden crafts. I do love the table top cabinet. Wonderful feel and mix of color and wood.

  • 118jan

    Janette from AmericanDollClothes said 3 years ago

    Beautiful boxes! I have always loved any kind of wooden boxes, there's just something special about them. Great Finds!

  • thudrapac

    Eva from FluidMoon said 3 years ago

    So many lovely boxes! My favorite is the "Vintage Machinist Wood Toolbox"! It looks amazing!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 3 years ago

    Cool picks!

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 3 years ago

    Love little boxes! My mom collects trinket boxes and we enjoy looking for them to add to her collection. Thanks for the article!

  • sdrafke

    Suzette from Suzetteupcycled said 3 years ago

    Cate: very interesting and YES I remember my Grandma's jewelry box! It was HUGE & it was a heirloom from Italy....such a mysterious & intriguing piece, sitting on her dressing table....I NEVER opened it without permission but I would just STAND there looking at it until she saw me and THEN she would open it & we would play DRESS-UP!!! GAAAA I was in heaven!!! of course i thought all the HUGE rhinestones were diamonds!

  • DeepSilence

    Sonja Bikić from DeepSilence said 3 years ago

    Very nice, so nostalgic.

  • shoprodinia

    Rodinia from ShopRodinia said 3 years ago

    Ideal container? Collections of precious containers for stashing even more precious items! The rustic ring box is great.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 3 years ago

    Wonderful boxes! Great picks!

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 3 years ago

    I love boxes enough to have ended up with a small collection of them. This post confirmed just why I love the containers as much as the contents. I think a beautiful box augments the experience of opening a lid and finding little treasures in the same way the right place setting enhances the deliciousness of food.

  • AllegroBrillante

    Marina from Andolinaswishes said 3 years ago

    Lovely blog post! I remember playing with my grandma's jewelry box, imagining her as a young lady... Thank you very much for featuring my Mini Vintage Jewelry Box! :)

  • MiKei367

    Keisha K. said 3 years ago

    Well done, Cate!

  • newarts1

    Lori from newarts1 said 3 years ago

    I love boxes too. My family thinks I'm weird, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has this fascination. My youngest son seems to have inherited my box quirk. I have terrific bronzed, enameled, gem encrusted little frogs that open at the mouth to hold little stud earrings, beautiful cigar boxes that I’ve lined to hold my hair jewelry, special greeting cards and love notes, heavy copper and iron chests from the middle east, and beautiful inlaid wood boxes from Nepal. And so many more. That’s one of the reasons why I find lovely boxes to put on my Etsy page, to share with others. Thanks everyone for posting your box love because it shows me that I’m not alone.

  • knitfitt

    Cate Fitt said 3 years ago

    Thank you all for your comments. Nice to know there are so many fellow box lovers. I ended up buying a shabby handmade wood toolbox for my jewelry. I found it while I was picking items for this post. Once I line it with wool felt and replace a few brass screws, it will be ready to use.

  • Nytefey

    Kim Thayer from FaeryCharms said 3 years ago

    I love antique and rustic looking boxes. They hold sort of a mystery about what's inside them rather than the usual jewelry boxes.

  • Splendere

    Pearlie from Splendere said 3 years ago

    These treasures are great, neat organisations for all our precious jewelry. Thanks!

  • WoodrockTurning

    Kerry and Rie from WoodrockTurning said 3 years ago

    I love the Japanese puzzle box!!! Amazing!!!

  • chaika1

    chaika1 from chaika1 said 3 years ago

    I have a mad crush on boxes of all kinds. But no matter how cool or aesthetically pleasing it is, take care not to store fine jewelry in a tool chest which may have had tin solder or lead tools of any kind in it, as the lead residue will cause pits to form and grow in your silver, gold, and platinum jewelry. Even if you clean it up, and reline the tool chest, the element is still there. Take the opportunity to find another new, beautiful container for your precious metal jewelry.

  • Pixie2428

    Doris C. from SewBeautifulbyDC said 3 years ago

    I love your wooden jewelry boxes ! They are beautiful !

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 3 years ago

    Very pretty boxes....Nice items to go along with it....

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 3 years ago

    Precious things need somewhere to live. Putting them away properly when not being worn protects them and reinforces their power so that when they are taken back out to be worn they are fresh and ready to dazzle.

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 3 years ago

    My particular fantasy jewelry box is the one that takes two strong men to lift and that when opened lets out a golden glow enough to light up a dark room.....Ha Ha Just where is the patch-eyed, peg-legged man of my dreams??

  • Winterowls

    Jennifer Ross from WinterOwls said 3 years ago

    This brought up fond memories of staying at my grandmother's house. I would be tucked up in her big old bed and she'd wind up her musical jewellery box for me which played Fur Elise.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 3 years ago

    I too was allowed to play in my mothers jewelry box.

  • IndigoTurtleArt

    James Johnson Carole Isenhart from IndigoTurtleArt said 3 years ago

    What a wonderful collection of beautiful boxes! My wife decided to "unbox" her favorite pieces & they are displayed on velveteen inset into a large picture frame.

  • LoveYourBling

    Ruthie from LoveYourBling said 3 years ago

    Neat post!

  • glendalee

    glenda puhek from glendalee said 3 years ago

    Love, love, love them little boxes.

  • deadsetbabes

    dead set babes from deadsetbabes said 3 years ago

    gorgeous!!!

  • poplovedesigns

    Andrea Hughes from PopLoveHers said 3 years ago

    A nice, organized jewelry box is something I urgently need in my life! All my precious pretty things are scattered in these tiny boxes all over my bedroom / studio! I'm always so nervous something is going to get lost...

  • LinaNstich

    Lina Rodogianni from LinaNstitch said 3 years ago

    Maybe some uber-cutee boxes would keep me organised!

  • beadeddragons

    Brittany from beadeddragons said 3 years ago

    I try to be really organized, so I have loads of cute baskets and boxes like the ones shown here (which are all wonderful btw) all over my home. I also love things that don't look like containers for my little treasures, and jewelry with sentimental value. :)

  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever said 3 years ago

    I love love love jeweler y and trinket boxes. I have many in my house, and each stores a hodge podge of mementos, necklaces and other things. I search out wooden boxes, mostly cigar boxes, and transform them for my shop, Lovely Fever.

  • knitsbycaitlin

    Caitlin Edge from knitsbycaitlin said 3 years ago

    Ah! So cute!!

  • yourgypsygirl

    Gypsy Girl from YourGypsyGirl said 3 years ago

    Boxes....Boxes.....boxes.....what else can I say? WOW

  • yourgypsygirl

    Gypsy Girl from YourGypsyGirl said 3 years ago

    Boxes.... Boxes.... Boxes..... what else can I say? WOW

  • trykoza

    Vitaliy Trykoza from oakwoodwork said 2 years ago

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