For most people, the words “jewelry box” creates a vision of a dresser or nightstand size storage box where both men and women keep various jewelry items like watches, rings, necklaces, bracelets, broaches, and more. While this is one option, there are also floor standing jewelry boxes that have become increasingly popular and for good reason. For one thing, standing jewelry boxes are larger and thereby able to accommodate entire jewelry collections or larger pieces.
Sometimes referred to as “jewelry armoires”, floor standing jewelry boxes are simply gorgeous and therefore considered more a piece of furniture than an accessory. However, because these storage boxes do take up more space, you want to make sure the right place is chosen. As part of this, we recommend taking accurate measurements so when shopping in person or online you would know the exact size needed. Standing jewelry boxes are ideal for anyone who loves jewelry but they also make a perfect gift idea.
Jewelry boxes of one kind or another date back to ancient civilization. Initially, smaller boxes were called “jewel caskets”, which were constructed from metal and embellished with ivory, copper, silver, and even gold. Not only were the jewelry pieces stored inside valuable but the boxes themselves were of significance.
Today, most companies mass produce jewelry boxes, which results in a lack of craftsmanship, originality, and character. However, there are an increasing number of companies going back to the way things were originally done, which means incredible workmanship and beautifully handcrafted boxes that can be passed down through generations.
Floor standing jewelry boxes come in a wide range of sizes. To show the variances, we provided several examples below of actual sizes being sold today.
· 13 3/4” long x 10 1/4” wide x 40” high
· 16” long x 10 1/2” wide x 40” high
· 16 5/8” long x 10 1/2” wide x 41” high
· 17” long x 11” wide x 40” high
· 18” long x 12 1/4” wide x 42 1/2” high
· 18” long x 11 3/4” wide x 43” high
· 19” long x 13” wide x 40” high
We also want to point out that floor standing jewelry boxes come in a wide array of materials. In fact, many of the finer boxes are constructed with more than one material, which makes the item even more visually pleasing. Because there are so many options, virtually anyone can find the perfect standing jewelry box, whether for personal use or as a gift. A few examples of the more popular materials currently used include the following.
· Burl Oak
· Hannah Reed
In addition to the primary material, there are various other materials used as accents or embellishments, again with a few examples listed below.
Another aspect of floor standing jewelry boxes is the incredible features from which you can choose. The great thing is that with so many different styles and designs, you can purchase an amazing jewelry armoire with a simplistic design or one that boasts several unique features. Again, we wanted to provide a few examples of the type of features you would expect to find on a quality floor standing jewelry box.
· Anti-Tarnish Suede Lining
· Drawers (Compartmentalized, Hidden, Open)
· Locking mechanisms
· Necklace Swing-Outs
· Ring Rolls
It is also important to understand that every wood jewelry box needs to be properly cared for, which consists of using the appropriate cleaning product, as well as a soft cotton cloth or duster. This would get the surface clean but without causing scratches.
Remember, there are differences in the way wood jewelry boxes are cared for so you want to make sure you have some knowledge of the material. For instance, Bubinga is a rare and exotic wood originating from West Africa. Although used to make musical instruments initially, artisans have discovered many additional purposes.
Another critical aspect in regard to caring for floor standing jewelry boxes made of wood is that they should never be placed directly in front of a window, especially one that allows a great deal of natural light in. In this case, sunlight can cause the wood to fade over time. In addition, wood jewelry boxes should be set away from heating sources such as a floor or wall vent. Just as with any nice piece of furniture, when floor standing jewelry boxes are exposed to heat, the wood will dry out, leading to an issue of cracking and chipping.
One last thing we want to mention has to do with indoor humidity levels. Wood is naturally hygroscopic, meaning its moisture content will fluctuate in coordination with relative humidity within the surrounding air. When humidity levels go up, wood expands whereas when humidity levels go down, wood shrinks. If you happen to live in a region of the country with a lot of humidity, the wood of the jewelry box and other wood furniture will be affected unless the indoor environment is maintained.