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Etsomnia™ 167: Jewelry Boxes


I think this one might actually be burglar proof. What self-respecting burglar would want to touch it?

Et·som·ni·a (/etˈsämnēə/), noun, 1. a sleep disorder caused by obsessive Etsy browsing. 2. The surprising arrival of weird handmade merchandise ordered when one is only half conscious. (True story.) 3. An excuse for me to be an obnoxious, snarky New Yorker once per week.

Poor Beloved. While I do mostly buy my own jewelry, over the years my gift wish lists regularly include a succession of incrementally larger jewelry boxes. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, right? I currently have a super-sized dresser-top model AND a quite large wall-mounted number. Is that enough? It is not. So since we’re redecorating our bedroom when we get home, I get to add a cheval mirror with built-in jewelry storage. I promise if I outgrow that one, I’ll go into jewelry rehab. Probably.

Anyway, suffice to say I spend a lot of time thinking about jewelry storage. I, as it turns out, am not alone! To quote a 1963 jewelry box ad, Grope no more, my lady.” In typical Etsy fashion, the boxes come in all shapes and sizes, embellished, painted, and plain, complicated and simpleold and new. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

For more Etsy fun, check out all my weekly Etsomnia™ posts!

While it wouldn’t hold much, this handpainted mini tansu box sure is sweet! By Mimistossedandfound

If the crap on top of the box is any indication of the junk inside, it’s going to be a no accessories kind of day

This thing puts the boo in boudoir

Magnificent! By StoneDesignWoodcraft

Sure it’s hideous, but I’ll bet you’d build up some muscles lifting that lid!

Toile always seems to me like camo for spiders

This Golden Age of Hollywood box is so sexy! By Broadsonabox

I normally like pyrite, but this just looks lumpy. And maybe itchy

I have questions. Many, many questions.

Beautiful unisex metal and wood box! By GalleriaInnocente

“Extraordinary Jewelry Box with Peach Moire,  Maribou Deco Doll, Stunning Vintage Laces, Velvet, and Rare Jewels” Cue epic eye roll

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

20 thoughts on “Etsomnia™ 167: Jewelry Boxes

  1. I too am a magpie and proud of it. I have moved beyond jewellery boxes (three) to the top drawer of a small sideboard.

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  2. Jewelry just isn’t my thing but I do like boxes. Not many of these boxes but some are ok.

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  3. I love Jewelry boxes, but actually did away with the ones I own (downsizing) but I do love looking at them. But some of these just make me say oh my oh my. lol. ❤

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  4. The best line I’ve heard all week: “Toile always seems to me like camo for spiders.” LMAO…I’ll never see toile the same. 🙂

    I went big with my last jewelry box and choose a floor standing jewelry armoire, as I didn’t want to run to three different smaller boxes to accessorise in the morning. I seem to have a problem when it comes to resisting bling. Though if I had to store my jewels in some of the (ahem) interesting boxes here, my resistance would get undoubtedly higher.

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  5. Thanks for the chuckle – for both of us. 🙂

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  6. There are some beautiful boxes showcased here but others are further evidence of those kids let loose with craft supplies and hot glue. The one with feet made me laugh. My jewellery box did not survive crossing the Atlantic and I have not replaced it because I realised my jewellery collection (mainly all costume jewellery) had outgrown a box. It is now stored in a large drawer in my bedroom. Not pretty or decorative but it does the job.

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  7. I love to share exemplary artisans, so here’s one for you! Evan Germann is a lovely young artisan from Lancaster, PA, who’s made some knockout custom furniture, including built-to-order jewelry dressers – really too grand to call then jewelry boxes. You might also like the custom dresser, created for an NYC chef, on his website.

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  8. I recently had to make a special case for my necklaces, because I couldn’t find one that had enough hanging hooks. My chains were always getting tangled. I bought a shadow box, and a friend put a bunch of cup hooks on a strip of wood and glued it inside. I pasted striped paper on the inside and painted the outside and hung it on the wall.

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