From ancient times to the present, jewelry boxes have become the object of attention for generations.
Sometimes, jewelry boxes are far more ornate than jewelry. A jewelry box can be a work of art, so it’s also an excellent collectible. The following is a brief introduction to the history of the development of jewelry boxes.
Although the jewelry box is an ancient invention, it was in the early 20th century that it really became a household name. Thanks to the Industrial Revolution, more and more people can afford rings, necklaces, and other jewelry boxes, which means the jewelry market has exploded. The market is flooded with a variety of jewelry box designs.
One of the most popular styles of the early 20th century was Art Nouveau, an approach that honored natural materials and elements. Rich wood tones, embossed glass and mosaic patterns all convey a sense of organic luxury. Designers such as Emile Gall in the late 19th century inspired designers such as N.B.Rogers and Jennings Brothers to create a series of Art Nouveau styles that are widely sought after by contemporary people.
In the decades that followed, the elegance and luxury of the Art Nouveau style remained popular, a style that continued in the designs of Tiffany’s studio in the early 20th century. Tiffany Studio has been making jewelry boxes since the late 19th century. It was not until 1910 that Tiffany Studio greatly expanded the design range of jewelry boxes and introduced a wider range of styles.
At the same time, Art Deco, the main competitor of Art Nouveau, made its debut. In stark contrast to the elegant luxury of Art Nouveau, Art Deco celebrates the striking nature of geometric shapes through inlaid or carved wood to highly polished metal. Striking and sculptural, the finely crafted, streamlined jewelry boxes allow them to be used both as jewelry boxes and as stand-alone display artworks.
The luxury of jewelry box design in the early 20th century was met with a new crunch in the 1930s. World War I restricted access to basic supplies, and the Great Depression in the U.S. silenced the economy and wiped out the luxuries of 1910-1920. Jewelry is still popular despite more modest circumstances, as are boxes, but there is a greater focus on economical design boxes and cost-effective materials.
One such development is bakelite. Bakelite designs play on Art Deco-era shapes while also being more cost-effective. So they still amaze collectors today and are a tribute to minimalism
By the 1950s, modern design styles had completely replaced bakelite’s streamlined style. With pieces by American designers Herman Miller and Paul McCobb and international teams such as Denmark’s A. Bender Madsen and Ejner Larsen, the style covers it all. These designers follow the old adage “form follows function” and seek a simple and stylish approach that does away with the flashy or classic themes of previous eras. Instead, they embrace simple geometric shapes and bold colors. Unique to mid-century design, jewelry boxes and dressers from this era were often incorporated directly into larger furniture pieces, and this fusion of elements made the furniture even more diverse.
By the end of the 20th century, key themes of early jewelry box design paved the way for a diverse range of styles. Similar to the classic engraved silver jewelry boxes that were popular in the early 20th century, combined with the modernist techniques and materials that were popular in the 1960s and 1970s, a sample of styles and decorative patterns was formed. Of course, these timeless designs are still popular. From the bold patterns of renowned Italian designer Emilio Pucci to the iconic lines of Hermes, jewelry box designs from these designers show that even the biggest names need to look to contemporary culture for inspiration.
Since ancient times, people’s demand for jewelry boxes has not decreased. As you can see from 20th century box designs, they are as much art as earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces. Whether you are an avid jewelry lover or just looking for an eye-catching container to start with, jewelry boxes are sure to satisfy all your needs.