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Jewelry Box Info

Jewelryboxshop is here to help you narrow down your choices for a jewelry box based on 5 important features of our jewelry boxes so you can make the best possible decision.

1) Size

First of all, picture where in the home the jewelry box will most likely be kept. Inside a walk-in closet, on a dresser top, on a vanity? It is important to be sure there is space for the jewelry box you select. A jewelry box with dimensions over 15" in length and 10" in width is considered a large jewelry box. Large jewelry boxes are intended to hold a variety of jewelry, usually containing 30 pieces or more. A floor standing jewelry box may also be an option when seeking a large jewelry box. These are meant to be an individual piece of furniture and usually double as a small dresser for lingerie and other delicate clothing items. Medium jewelry box dimensions would be anywhere between 11" to 15" in length and 7" to 9" in width. These are average sized jewelry boxes to contain an average collection of jewelry. Statistically, most women own 20 pieces of jewelry. When purchasing a jewelry box, be sure to consider any future growth in her jewelry collection. A small jewelry box would be 11" in length or smaller by 7" in width or smaller. When considering a small jewelry box, be sure to study the interior layout. It is important that you purchase a jewelry box that will accommodate all her jewelry, with a little bit of room for growth in the future. Otherwise, you will find yourself purchasing a larger one within a few years. It is better to make one purchase that will last a long time than to make another purchase later.

2) Interior

No matter the size of the jewelry box, it is very important to study the interior as well. For example, some jewelry boxes cater to hold a large collection of earrings, but not many bracelets or necklaces. This would not be a good purchase for a woman who does not wear earrings. Also, a box may have large dimensions but not many interior compartments, whereas a medium or small sized jewelry box may have several compartments and actually store more jewelry than the large one. Each of our jewelry boxes on this site feature several pictures and video (coming soon) so you can see the inside of every level of each chest.

3) Wood Styles

90% of the jewelry boxes on the market today are made from MDF. We would like to share with you the pros and cons of this material. MDF is an abbreviation for Medium-density fiberboard. It is an engineered wood formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fiber, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying heat and pressure. It creates a panel that is denser than plywood and is stronger and much more durable than normal particle board. The benefit to this is that it is extremely durable, even more so than some hardwoods. Like natural wood, MDF may split when woodscrews are installed without pilot holes, and MDF may be glued, doweled or laminated. Because of additional materials added to the composite (wax and resin) MDF is usually much heavier than natural wood. It also requires a paper laminate or wood veneer as a cover, for MDF naturally cannot be finished or stained. Paper laminates over MDF are inexpensive but also, very vulnerable to wear and damage. A paper laminate can be easily scratched or torn, revealing the MDF beneath. An MDF constructed box with a wood veneer over the top is actually a very practical solution. The construction is sturdy, the wood veneers beautiful and durable, and the price is much less than a solid wood jewelry box. For example, a solid mahogany jewelry box would range between $300 and $1200 depending on the size. An MDF jewelry box with a mahogany wood veneer would be between $50 and $400 depending on size. MDF boxes with veneers also present the look of a perfect wood cut.

However, the natural beauty of solid wood lies within its imperfection. Knots, wood grain and careful cuts are what make a solid wood jewelry box unique and like no other. Solid wood jewelry boxes may be constructed of an inexpensive hardwood (such as poplar) and then finished in a wood veneer (such as mahogany). This option is wonderful because the entire box is constructed of real, solid wood, but the cost is reduced because of the wood used for the base construction. A solid wood jewelry box will outlast an MDF or veneer box based on the longevity real wood provides and the seals that are used to preserve it during manufacturing that MDF simply cannot be treated with.

4) Finishes

The exterior finish of the jewelry box is a very important factor to consider. For example, a room with white furniture, light carpet, and light paint would not harbor a dark jewelry box very well. It is best to choose a jewelry box that shares wood tones with the décor of the room where it will reside. Lighter woods and wood finishes are: Maple, Oak, Birch, Beechwood, and Antique white or White. Warm red tone wood finishes are: Cherry, Natural Mahogany and Teak. Dark, rich brown towns would include: Mahogany finishes, Walnut, Black, Espresso, Okoume and Bubinga. There are also jewelry boxes that have a painted exterior or paper laminate applied creating several creative colors. Green, blue, red, and yellow are popular veneers. Paper laminates may also feature landscapes or pictures, such as unicorns or ballerinas for children’s jewelry boxes. Hand painted jewelry boxes feature a wood finish topped by special paint, usually featuring floral work. Do not focus on matching wood tones exactly (for example, the wood of your dresser to match the wood of the jewelry box) but instead, choose a finish that will compliment all the tones of the room, such as the paint, flooring, or even bedspreads and tapestries. A jewelry box is meant to stand out a bit, not blend into everything else.

5) Security

Security has been an important issue to our customers in the last few years, and also, a question we get frequently. Why would I purchase a jewelry box that locks when a thief could just take the entire jewelry box? This is a valid question, and here is our answer. A locking jewelry box will not stop a thief as much as a lock on your front door won’t stop a thief from breaking the window to enter and remove your items. A locking jewelry box is important for 2 reasons 1) Small hands. If you have children in your home, especially little girls, you have probably experienced a jewelry box raid. Locking your jewelry box will keep little hands from sneaking in and misplacing precious items. 2) Hired help. Unfortunately, even the most trusted help is not always as secure as you would like. We have heard from too many customers about house cleaners, babysitters, and other hired help around the home connected with missing jewelry. It is better to prevent temptation by locking your collection to be safe. Jewelkeepers is a line we carry that locks the entire jewelry box, including the drawers, not just the lid which is common in the market. This is an excellent choice for anyone who has a lot of activity in the home.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our top 5 considerations when purchasing a jewelry box. Remember, if you have more questions or need help browsing through our collection, please call us anytime. We are happy to help you: 1-866-417-7092. Thank you for visiting Jewelryboxshop.com