Jewelry Boxes in Endless Variety

Collecting jewelry boxes can be fun and interesting encompassing everything from famous people to different eras in our history. A collection can focus on ancient Egypt with beautiful wood boxes with mother of pearl inlaid in rectangular and octagon shapes or a hand painted cast metal box with scarabs and lotus.

Most are lined with velvet of a coordinating color. A fun collection would be one of Disney characters with the most popular ones being Tinker Bell and Cinderella. There are jewelry boxes shaped like the Cinderella castle that open with a drawbridge. Imagine a shelf of jewelry boxes with all the Disney princesses and a castle. That would be a beautiful and fun display in any room.

Like animals? A cute green turtle jewelry box or an elephant or a dolphin jewelry box all can begin a great collection of sea animals or African animals. Maybe you would like a collection with various animal patterns such as snakeskin and leopard spots? Do you have a friend that collects lighthouses? A jewelry box in the shape of a lighthouse or a fine wooden box with a beautiful painting of a lighthouse on the shore with waves lapping at the rocks can be a meaningful gift to a collector.

A collection of jewelry boxes does not have to be the large boxes we normally see on dressers that have hooks for necklaces and drawers for rings. There are trinket boxes that usually range in size from an egg to a coffee cup. These can be made of wood, metals, plastic and even box materials. The lids either left off or up or slide to one side and are often the most decorative part of the trinket box. These are a great collection starter for a child due to their size and cost.

Some people collect based on the material the jewelry box is made from or the decorations on the box whether it is carved wood or inlaid mother of pearl on the lid. Others collect based on the designer or manufacturer. A collection of any type can reflect your personality and provide you with pleasure and satisfaction.

Remember that little pink jewelry/music box with the ballerina that popped up and danced to a love song? I wonder how much mine would be worth in a collection or even more, what it would be worth to my granddaughter if she had it sitting on her dresser?

Tips for Jewelry Collectors

In this world, people collect many, many things. There are people out there that even collect bottle tops. One of the most prevalent things to collect is jewelry.

This is because people are constantly wearing jewelry, there is a lot of choice and sometimes the items can increase in worth. For example, if a person buys a solid gold necklace now, and keeps it in a good condition, they could probably sell it for at least double the price in a few year’s time.

The quality of gold tends to deteriorate, so manufacturers can be using less quality now, than they did in the 50s. So, if you have some gold jewelry from the 50s, you should consider selling the items. You could make thousands back.

People that collect jewelry tend to think of it as an investment and they do resell when the items are priced at more than they were bought for. However, other people fall in love with their jewelry and they will never sell it. There is no right or wrong answer here. You can collect jewelry for whatever reason you like.

If you are thinking of collecting jewelry, then read on for some information about things that you might need to think about.

Storage

Before you have started collecting, you will have to think about where you are going to keep the jewelry. It is probably best that you don’t just leave the items out, on your dresser because they will get dusty and you will notice that there is a loss of sparkle and the gold will look dull. Therefore, you will spend a lot of time cleaning the jewelry.

Once you have thought about it a bit more, you will decide that you need to invest in some jewelry boxes. In the beginning, you can save a bit of money and only buy a small box, but as the collection grows, you will have to buy a bigger one.

Some collectors find that they have spend so much money on boxes in the past, that it is better value for money to have a jewelry box custom made. Therefore, they can add tiers and different storage options for items like rings and necklaces.

If you have bought a jewelry box and you know that you will want to sell the items later, then you should keep the boxes that they were sold to you in. This is because you will get more money for the item if you have the original box. Some buyers will want the original receipt as well.

You should buy a storage box, but the receipt in the original box, and then but the boxes in storage. That way you won’t have empty boxes lying around the house and when you do try and sell the items, you will know where everything is.

Shop

Some people find it beneficial to find a jewelry store or brand that they like and they will only buy their jewels from there. This is because they trust the store, and they know that they are selling authentic items. If they advertise that they are selling precious stones, then you know that they are, and non of their items are fake.

Some stores will sell specialty items that you can’t get anywhere else. These items might be a bit more expensive but that is because they are one of a kind and they will be worth more money later.

One of the benefits of using a store over and over is that eventually they will begin to notice your tastes and they will start saving items for you.

New Season, New Start? Get Our Fashion Advice

As the relentless grey months seem to be passing and the bright blue sky making a more than welcome appearance, it can be tempting to think about blowing off the cobwebs and making a fresh start in time for spring. To help you on your way, we’ve compiled a review of winter fashion 2010/11 hits and misses and a preview of what’s in store for the new season.

In tune with the more than usually icy climate in December, warm fur boots remained a firm favourite and long-laced biker boots make an appearance – a welcome alternative to high heels when it cam to trekking to work in sub-zero temperatures or standing in long snaking queues waiting for cancelled flights. 1950s schoolboy satchels made a comeback and are set to last well into the new season thanks to their versatility as gender neutral and large enough to carry your files and lunch without the need for a trolley! The so-called man-bag briefly set the fashion world against one another – trendy chic or last-year’s fad? David Cameron’s media man may have received mixed reviews but it looks like it’s here to stay thanks to a number of celebrity and high-fashion outings for the man bag including James Long’s fabulous collection at London fashion week.

The London Fashion Week was mired in controversy after Galliano’s unexpected racist outburst but this didn’t detract from the diverse high fashions on offer. From the dark, goth-like dresses of Craig Lawrence to the suave style of Alfred Dunhill, the week showed the panelled dress and fur to be this winter’s winners.

Heading into spring, we can expect to see a lot more colour. Bright block primary colours are making a splash, particularly when it comes to accessories – check out MyWalit’s range of rainbow purses, spot on trend! A bit of patriotic colour won’t go amiss either, leading up to the royal wedding in April. Kate Middleton’s style is certainly one to watch as well – check out her penchant for Australian hats. Harem trousers seem to be making an unfortunate comeback – perfect for those size zero models but less appealing for us mere mortals. Gypsy skirts are also a fashion to keep on top off – floaty, feminine and easy to pull off, no matter what your shape, this is one fashion that it’s worth investing in. (No need to shave your legs too!)

For men, matching leather is the way to go – check out Kenneth Brownne’s elegant range of leather accessories and gift sets, many matching in colour and style. Men’s fashions are set to get increasingly casual but make sure you team this with elegant and well-chosen practical accessories like leather wallets and matching belts.