5 Fabulous Women’s Jewelry Boxes

Many women consider jewelry a major element in their style and fashion and often, we find ourselves looking for wonderful storage to match the collection. Jewelry boxes come in a wide range of styles, sizes, materials and shapes that all make fabulous homes for your pieces. Aside from their utilitarian nature, they also make wonderful accents to your dresser or vanity. Regardless of your style and collection, you are certain to come across one you love. Here are some of my recent favorites:

Inspired by the movies “Labyrinth” & “The Dark Crystal”, this fantasy jewelry box was designed by Kristen Hassenfeld for Cerealart and features a musical diamond-shaped storage adorned with a silver-looking chain and held by a “crystal” base. The ornate lid has an inside mirror and opens to reveal a tiny lotus flower and a tiny swan that “swims” around the flower while the music plays. Made from plastic and resin, the interior partitions have a soft lining designed for small pieces of jewelry.

Bubinga Wood Jewelry Chest
The jewelry storage is a product from Chasing Treasure and manufactured by Jere Wright Global Ltd. It features an elm burl inlay with a gloss finish and black enamel accents. With a solid brass lock and key, it comes with an ivory velvet interior lining and an inside lid pocket. The 14 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ x 9 1/4″ box includes 3 pull out drawers (with partitions) and 2 side swing doors with inside pockets and hooks.

Queen’s Court Medium Case
A part of Wolf Designs royal collection, the leather case comes with various jewelry compartments and a removable travel case. It features a soft camel “LusterLoc” treated interior and an inside lid mirror with hidden necklace hangers. It comes in 3 different colors (crimson, bronze, and black), and have a chrome lock with key.

A design by John Knott of Bent Fabrication, the 6″w x 15″d x 44″h jewelry box looks more like a spaceship ready to launch or an insect stuck on a piece of metal. This rather “out of the box” design is made from poplar and chrome steel in a camouflage pattern, has 5 pull-out drawers on the front, and sits on a steel stand.

Diamond Ring Packaging
A concept by Alissia Teichroew, founder and creative director of byAMT Studio, the packaging was designed for her diamond ring collection, but it can also be used as wonderful slim storage for your own rings. The boxes are made from museum board with loose layers and come in 3 different thicknesses (for 9mm, 4mm and 2mm rings). Held together by rubber bands, each piece is laser cut while the ring shape is laser etched. The packing orientation is sideways, making the ring lie flat to the engraved ring shape.

There are so many stylish and unique jewelry boxes available nowadays it’s hard to settle on just one. Whether you are keeping an awesome original jewelry packaging or investing in a more costly designer box, keeping your pieces of jewelry organized protects them from getting mixed up and tangled (and scratched!) while they enjoy their own separate “rooms.”

Oscar Party Fashion Advice – Fashion School Tips on What to Wear to an Oscar Party

How fabulous that you’ve been invited to an Oscar party! Okay, so it might not be an A-List soiree where you share shrimp skewers with Leonardo DiCaprio or Britney Spears, but it’s a fun excuse to get all dressed up, nonetheless. What do you wear, though, if you don’t have a celebrity stylist in your entourage? Fortunately, you’ve got some top fashion school students in your corner with some great ideas for Oscar party fashions.

Dust off the formal wear. If you’ve held on to that bridesmaid or prom dress, now is the time to take it out of the closet. Don’t worry if you find it tacky. Has that ever stopped some of today’s starlets? The thrift shop is a good place to start as well. One way to give your dress a facelift (well, this is Hollywood) is by adding sequins or beading. If you don’t want to bother with sewing them on, you’ll find sequined appliqu├ęs at the fabric store that you can just glue on the dress. Stores also carry rhinestones that have been already laid out in a decorative design, and you just iron them on as is.

Wrap yourself in mink. While you’re at the fabric store, grab a yard of faux fur to make your own mink stole. It will up your elegance factor, and hide any unwanted puffy sleeves. Just cut the fur into a long trapezoid shape. (That means it would look like a long upside down boat.) There’s no need to sew the edges, but be sure to remove the loose hairs from where you’ve cut. A quick vacuum job will do the trick.

Remember the accessories. One of the rules of Oscar fashion design is that the little details matter. For old-fashioned Hollywood glamour, don a pair of formal satin gloves. Carry a glittering clutch, preferably with a folded up acceptance speech peeking out. And don’t forget the sunglasses to escape the glare of flashing cameras.

Bling it on. On Oscar night, the stars shine with jewelry, and so must you. You don’t need to wear a lot, just a few pieces; the bigger and danglier the better. If you don’t have any good costume jewelry of your own, here’s a fun do-it-yourself idea to make a truly showstopping ring. Go to the hardware store and buy a clear plastic faucet handle. This is the type of faucet handle that looks like a humongous faceted diamond. The handle comes with a long screw that sits in an opening at the top. Tie the end of a 10″ piece of wire around the head of the screw, and place the screw back in the opening, along with the rest of the wire. Apply a dab of hot glue to where the screw goes in the opening so it stays secure. Then loop the remainder of the wire around your ring finger. Now you’ve got a piece of jewelry that would make Elizabeth Taylor envious.

Go as the paparazzi. If you don’t want to fuss with a dress, go high concept by dressing as paparazzi. That way, you can wear anything you want, as long as you have a camera at all times. And since paparazzi are always sneaking behind bushes for the perfect shot, take a small potted plant with you to hide behind throughout the party.

Dress like a nominated star. Make a big entrance by going as an Oscar nominee, your favorite star, or a character from a movie. (Hint: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an easy choice.) If you’re going with friends, you can all dress as the cast of a nominated film.

Go as the red carpet. Here’s an idea that only a fashion college costume design major would dream up: dress as the red carpet. To create the look, start with a red turtleneck or long sleeve t-shirt and red sweatpants. Sew or safety pin the back of the shirt and pants to a rectangular piece of red felt that is as tall as you, and as wide as your arm span. Be sure to sew the sleeves so your arms will be outstretched, holding up the red carpet on both sides. Red mittens, red shoes, and a red cap will complete the look.

Oscar parties are always a lot of fun because we get to play along with the stars. And with these ideas for what to wear, the winner of Best Dressed will be you!

Invest in Tomorrow’s Collectible Jewelry Today

Wouldn’t it be great to have a time machine that would allow you to go back and buy today’s collectible jewelry at yesterday’s prices? You can do the next best thing by buying jewelry today that will become sought after in the future. Here are eight tips to help you in your search for tomorrow’s collectible jewelry.

1. Quality and craftsmanship

Quality pieces command quality prices. Cheap jewelry is a dime a dozen at flea markets and resale shops. But quality pieces with crystal stones that still shimmer and faux pearls that have retained their luster paired with metal that hasn’t had its finish rubbed or flaked off, will always hold appeal for collectors.

2. Pieces hallmarked with the designer’s name

A designer’s name or mark on a piece adds instant value. It gives an item the cachet of the entire breadth of the designer’s work. Look for a hallmark on the back of pins or brooches, near the clasp of necklaces and bracelets, or on a separate hanging tag in the same finish as the metal.

3. Name recognition

Not every designer becomes well-known. Every collector of vintage jewelry probably has at least one piece in their collection with an obscure hallmark they can’t identify, and that’s fine if they like the piece. But when they come across a piece with an instantly recognizable name, they don’t hesitate to scoop it up. They know they’ve found something special — and they know they’ll be able to sell it in the future to someone who will appreciate the name as well as the style.

4. Small production per piece

The fewer pieces of an item there are in existence, the higher the demand and price. Opt for the offbeat or unusual — as long as you like it — over a generic piece with mass appeal. While both will have resale value if they’re made well, the unique piece should prove harder to find, thus driving up its resale price. If a more expensive item captures your heart, remember that fewer people buy a higher priced item which can create increased demand in the future.

5. Limited Edition pieces

A Limited Edition eliminates the guesswork of how many pieces were made. Limited Edition pieces should be stamped with both the total number in the Edition and the number of each particular piece. For example, piece number 12 in an addition of 250 will most likely be stamped on back “Ltd. Ed. 12/250”. If you buy a piece that isn’t stamped with the actual edition, but instead has a Certificate of Authenticity with that information, be sure to keep the Certificate with the item to ensure you get the optimum resale price in the future.

6. Thematic pieces

Look for pieces that will have crossover appeal to at least two groups of collectors. For example, Christmas jewelry is sought after by both jewelry collectors and Christmas collectors. If it’s an angel, you’ll add angel collectors to your list of potential buyers as well. The more people you have vying for an item, the higher your selling price will be.

7. Assurance of authenticity

Buy from a reputable retailer. Designers in all fields are plagued by knock-offs. An Authorized Reseller protects your investment by ensuring that you’re getting the genuine articles you’re paying for.

8. Buy what you like

This is the Cardinal Rule for collectors. You’ll never go wrong buying what you like. Today’s joy won’t be diminished if you aren’t able to sell something at a profit tomorrow. And if you truly love something — you probably won’t want to part with it anyway!

Remember these eight tips and you’ll have a much better chance of being happy today — and tomorrow — with your jewelry purchases!

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