Sunday, November 21, 2010

Personalize Your Gift with an Engraved Name Plate

Engraved name plate - initials, monogram or personal message(this image represents block font)
Add a personal touch to your gift this holiday season with an engraved name plate for just $18.95! Engraved name plates are available for ALL of our jewelry boxes, armoires, music boxes and watch boxes.

Choose from two colors, brass or nickel and two font styles, script or block. Up to 23 letters can be engraved.Select to engrave initials (1-2 letters), monogram (3 letters) or a message (up to 23 letters). Nickel and brass nameplates are backed with commercial adhesive and ship separately from most products so you can choose the placement of the name plate.

Holiday Special - Receive a FREE Engraved name plate with JewelKeepers jewelry boxes:

Engraved nickel name plates are free with the purchase of all jewelry boxes, chests and valets by JewelKeepers. Crafted from American hardwoods, their jewelry boxes are superior in quality, construction and design. Founded upon the desire to create the best jewelry boxes available on the market, JewelKeepers developed key elements to produce heirloom quality chests to treasure for years to come. Prices range from $179 - $750. Many of their women's jewelry box are crafted with patented secure lock designs that lock all parts of the jewelry box (top, sides and drawers) with one key.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ballerina Jewelry Box Holiday Buying Guide

One of the most popular holiday gifts for little girls is a ballerina jewelry music box. We recommend making your selection early if ballerina jewelry boxes are on your holiday gift list!

There are many styles of ballerina jewelry boxes to choose from.  Depending on the age and intended use of the gift, you will be delighted with the selection available.  In our store we have categories dedicated to the different types of ballerina boxes.  Below is a breakdown and quick links to hopefully make your quest for the perfect ballerina box a little easier!

Wood Ballerina Jewelry Boxes: A wooden ballerina jewelry box is a gift often handed down. They are favorite keepsake gifts that often stay in a family for generations. This selection features wooden designs crafted from hard wood. Our most popular ballerina jewelry boxes can be found in this category.

Wood boxes with Illustrated Laminated Laser Paper Overlay: This selection of ballerina music boxes have lovely illustrated designed on laminated laser paper that overlay wood boxes.  They feature quality construction without the price tag of a painted solid wood box and offer more detailed whimsical ballet designs.

Plastic Toy Ballerina Boxes: These styles are made from durable white plastic with illustrated laser paper designs bonded to the boxes. This selection is intended for play and is perfect for little girls 3+.

If you're having trouble deciding since they are all so adorable, checkout two Best Sellers:

Best Seller! $69.95 Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Best Seller! $79.95 Plays Nutcracker Suite

$199.95 Mahogany, Plays Nutcracker Suite

For the ultimate in keepsake heirloom ballerina jewelry boxes, consider this beautifully crafted wooden ballerina jewelry box. Made of American hardwood and featuring a dainty dancing ballerina that twirls to the Nutcracker Suite, this ballerina jewelry box provides generous jewelry storage and is crafted with old world charm.

The lid features ten necklace hooks with sewn pouch to secure necklaces when lid is closed. Sliding panels feature two ring bars and two 3.75" x 3" compartments for bracelets or hair barrettes. Well beneath offers more generalized storage for additional jewelry and other treasures. The drawer features eighteen 1.5" x 1.5" squares for earrings. It's a jewelry box she can use now and as her jewelry collection grows, to enjoy now and forever. It's so well made that she will pass it along to her daughter someday.

$42.95 Waltz of the Flowers

$36.95 Waltz of the Flowers
Big Sister, Little Sister. Two new styles are matching pink and white ballerina boxes that play "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy".  These two ballerina boxes are perfect to give as a set or make wonderful big sister, little sister gifts. Click on the titles to view all the details.

Ballerina Jewelry Box

Ballerina Music Box
You will find two distinct designs as you shop - ballerina music boxes and ballerina jewelry boxes. Ballerina Music Boxes are designed primarily as Music Boxes - with room for a little jewelry. Ballerina Jewelry Boxes are designed primarily for jewelry storage - with a dancing ballerina. 

It's an important distinction to consider when making your selection. If it's a music box you're looking for consider the smaller styles. If jewelry storage is important, you may like the favorite design of a jewelry armoire that features hanging necklace storage.  Or, consider one of the two Best Selling jewelry boxes shown above (one features jewelry drawers and the other a lift out tray) while both provide lots of room for little jewels!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Article Share - Wearing Old Jewelry New Ways

We enjoyed this article from the Wall Street Journal and thought you would too!

Jewelry-Box Surprise: Wearing Old Pieces in New Ways

Carol Brodie has been collecting jewelry since age seven, when she persuaded her father to buy her a gold-plated set that she spotted on the back of a cereal box. Decades later, Ms. Brodie, who designs a line of jewelry sold on the Home Shopping Network, owns more than 500 pieces.
To manage her collection effectively, Ms. Brodie makes sure to organize her jewelry box once a month, and she recommends that most women do it at least once a season.
Tanya Braganti
Carol Brodie organizes her jewelry frequently to rotate pieces and make it easier to find fresh looks.
"Each season calls for a different look" in jewelry, she says, and women can take the occasion to remind themselves of what they've collected over the years. Also, "jewelry needs to breathe," she says. "If you store jewelry in a place with no air for an extended period of time, the metals can change color."
When Ms. Brodie goes over her jewelry collection, she decides which pieces to keep out and which to store away for the moment. When fall arrived, for example, she put away pieces made of coral and wood, as well as ones in bright colors, replacing them with more ornate pieces featuring stones of richer hues such as deep purple and red.
She makes sure to give her pieces a quick cleaning by soaking them for 30 minutes in a bowl of warm water mixed with a capful of Johnson's Baby Shampoo and a bit of ammonia. She then wipes them off with an old cotton T-shirt—using this method for all jewelry except pearls, which she just cleans gently with a damp soft cloth.
Ms. Brodie believes there's no reason to ever toss away jewelry—even single earrings. "Each piece of jewelry has a moment, meaning or memory," she says, noting that orphan earrings "make great pendants or charms for bracelets."
Sometimes, cleaning out her jewelry box will remind her of a ring she no longer wears that would "look great hanging from a charm necklace or bracelet." She sometimes repurposes old brooches by hanging them on a wide satin ribbon to be worn as a choker or attaching them to a plain satin evening purse.
The look of layered necklaces is currently in vogue, and Ms. Brodie enjoys mixing old and new pieces. She likes pairing shiny new pieces with antique jewels or ones that look "a little oxidized, blackened," explaining that "it instantly updates something that could look fussy or old."
For instance, sometimes she'll pair a 36-inch gold chain that she loops twice around her neck with a necklace bearing an antique locket from her grandmother. "I like every piece of jewelry that I wear to tell a different story," she says.
She is careful to store her fine jewelry in a home safe. Before doing that, Ms. Brodie wraps each piece individually in a pouch made of a soft material like satin, suede or velvet. (Storing them in the original boxes would be "too cumbersome," she says.)
"The biggest mistake that women make is: They throw their jewelry all together in a jewelry box," she says. "They'll all scratch each other." Even hard stones like diamonds, she notes, can get nicked by other similarly hard gems. She winds necklaces several times around a folded business card so the chain doesn't get tangled up in storage.
She puts some of the items she wears more frequently into large jewelry boxes with multiple drawers, so that each ring and set of earrings can have its own space. But Ms. Brodie also hangs frequently worn necklaces and bracelets in standing acrylic holders she purchases from the Container Store. "I want to see my jewelry," she says. "It's wearable decor."
—Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Sunday, October 17, 2010

New Arrival - Mother of Pearl Jewelry Box

Pretty and sleek, our newest jewelry box arrival features a dark cherry finish and double inlaid border of genuine Mother of Pearl.

Handcrafted with careful attention to detail, this gorgeous jewelry chest has nickel finished knobs, quadrant hinges, a full mirror in the lid and is completely lined to protect fine jewelry.

Measuring 12 1/2" in length, 10" in height and 8" wide, it's a nice size to keep on a dresser or vanity, with ample room to keep jewelry organized.

A perfect gift for someone who prefers a classic look with a bit of personality.

Jewelry storage features include a top section and two drawers divided as follows:
  • Top section: ring rolls, earring compartments and two long pendant areas
  • First drawer: earring compartments and necklace storage
  • Bottom drawer: fitted for pendants, bracelets etc.
  • by Reed and Barton $319.95

Friday, October 15, 2010

Get Involved

Would you like to get involved and find out how you can help find the cures for breast cancer? Visit these links:
Susan G. Komen for the Cure and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Featured Pink Jewelry Boxes

Love pink? Need a gift for someone that loves pink? In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, enjoy 10% off these favorite pink jewelry boxes during the month of October. Use coupon code OCTPINK.

Pink Jewelry Box for Little Girls. Anna by Reed and Barton. $38.95

Pink Earring Jewelry Box with 24 storage compartments. $34.95

Genuine Leather Travel Jewelry Wallet. $39.95 or $49.95 personalized.

Shop All our Pink Jewelry Boxes that qualify for 10% off in October.

Think Pink in October

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, we're all about pink in October! Enjoy 10% off your purchase of a pink jewelry box with coupon code OCTPINK. And, during October we're donating $1 to to Susan G Komen for the Cure for every facebook member who "likes" our facebook fan page after placing an order (even if what you purchase isn't pink!) It's easy, after you place your order, visit our fan page and click "Like". Fans of our facebook page are the first to see new styles and special offers.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What every woman needs in her jewelry box

An interesting article by Michelle LaFrance shares what every woman needs in her jewelry box, plus some fun jewelry shopping links.

What every woman needs in her jewelry box: style advice from the pros
by Michelle LaFrance
By pulling colors together, accentuating a garment detail or adding a focal point, the right jewelry can bring your outfit to a new level. We asked local experts, including wardrobe consultant and personal stylist Mayna Sgaramella and style editor and personal stylist Hope Misterik, for their advice on what pieces every woman should have in her jewelry box to complement her wardrobe.
First, they say, when you're building up your jewelry collection, consider your lifestyle and budget, as well as your skin tone. Warm tones pair best with gold, while cool tones pop with silver or platinum. Then, from head to toe (or, rather, ears to fingers), choose from the following pieces to ensure you’re equipped for any accessorizing challenge.
Statement earrings
Having a pair of oversized statement earrings will pull attention to your face and jawbone. Gold flower earrings ($7.99) from Cost Plus World Market have a lovely texture and hang at a wonderful height, close to the face, while still having an exaggerated, interesting shape. (And you can't argue with the price.)
Natural stone earrings
Seattle boasts many talented jewelry designers who use organic elements in their work. The texture and color of natural stones, woods and gemstones pair beautifully with the casual fabrics we often wear in the Emerald City. Local label Dotted Line Jewels, for example, creates eye-catching jewelry, like the gold-filled, wire-wrapped earrings in an enchanting, teardrop shape, accented with prehnite briolettes ($110).
Classic hoops
Simple, understated hoops are a great, everyday piece of jewelry that you can balance with a larger necklace or other bold pieces. Macy’s is a great resource for classic hoop and stud sets ($70) that can often be bought on sale. If you already have a small simple pair, invest in hoop earrings with a bit more personality. The intricate, handcrafted Lois Hill Classic Large Woven Hoop earrings ($158), available at, are a great investment. The Silver Sea Fan hoops ($550) by Annette Ferdinandsen, available at Twist in Pacific Place, are standouts that will add intrigue for years to come.
Statement ring
Choosing a bold, statement ring is a great way to show some personality and adds interest to your hands. Local designer Kimberly Baker's hand-carved, rock-n-roll Wolfette ring ($220 in sterling silver) is a lovely high-impact piece that carries some weight and wears well with denim. Though Madrona jewelry store Hitchcock is closed until early November (for the owner's maternity leave), keep it on your list as a great resource for all types of statement jewelry, including stunning, oversized druzy quartz rings ($239).
Bangle bracelet
Choosing a big bangle, or layers of several thinner bangles, is a great way to add an interesting shape to a delicate wrist. You can push a larger bangle up on your forearm or bicep for a great, modern styling twist. Vintage bangles are available at Pacific Galleries, or layer two or three Hex bracelets ($40) by local jewelry designer Sarah Loertscher, available at Belltown's Fancy, for an interesting effect.
Statement watch
A large statement watch will add a great bit of masculine styling to any look. Belltown men's and women's boutique Kuhlman is a great resource for watches, like the Shutter by Nixon ($110), that will add a little punch to your day-to-day look.
Meaningful, layering pendants
Layering a few smaller pendants or amulets that are meaningful to you is a great way to add a bit of interest at your neckline. Alexander’s Bead Bazaar on Roosevelt Way is a great resource for charms or beads that you can wear alone or string together to create a dramatic, self-expressive effect. Or, make a wish on the white-gold "a belief" charm, which hangs on a silk thread necklace ($52). The idea is to bring good energy to the wish you are focusing on, until the thread breaks and your wish is fulfilled.
Statement necklace
Pairing a sheath dress or shapely little black dress with a bold necklace is a great look. Local jewelry sources Rhinestone Rosie and Abaloria have interesting one-of-a-kind statement necklaces, like the Olivia Necklace ($390) by Abaloria, that will take any outfit to a whole new level.
Whether a woman is 16 or 60, pearls are always a chic choice. If you’re looking for youthful styling, layer them at any length. Going demure? Choose a short strand. If it’s your first strand of pearls, start with a creamy white strand, like the Celebrity necklace ($119) by Fifth Avenue Collection. If you’ve got a classic strand and are looking for a new set of pearls, try the modern Rose Pearl Necklace ($39.50) at Ann Taylor Loft.
Versatile layering necklace
A must this year is a strand of beads that you can easily layer on top of a variety of dresses and tops to create a flattering, lengthening effect. has a wide selection of long layering necklaces under $100 to choose from, including the Metallic Bead Extra Long Necklace ($58), a great, hand-strung piece with faceted beads that can dress up a casual look or go glam for evening.
Special occasion pendant
A special occasion pendant that can be passed down from generation to generation as an heirloom piece is a lovely piece of jewelry to own. The 18-karat-gold Paloma Picassa X pendant necklace ($700) from Tiffany and Co., which is designed to signify a kiss, balances sentiment and style perfectly in a classically appealing design. Copyright © The Seattle Times Company

Brett Renville Photography
Large, gold flower earrings make a statement, and are just $7.99 at Cost Plus World Market.
We invite you to comment on this blog post and share your thoughts on what's important in your jewelry box!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Discover Your World Girl's Music Box

If you're looking for a music box for a little girl that is not so interested in ballerinas and fairies, this music box style is a perfect choice.

The color scheme of cheerful lavender and ocean blue appeals to girly-girls and not so girly-girls!

Around the lid, the uplifting sentiment reads: “Discover your world my barefoot child, your dreams will take you there, your heart will guide.”

When the box is opened, a lovely white horse twirls to the music box tune Claire de Lune. Claire de Lune is french for "moonlight" and the soft illustrations on the overlay of the box portray this theme beautifully.Girls love the tiny treasure drawers located on three sides of this box, perfect for little notes, jewelry or trinkets. Inside, there is space for other treasures and jewelry items plus a mirrored lid that reflects the dancing horse.

Facts & Features:
  • 7 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 6
  • Dancing white horse
  • Secret treasure drawers for precious finds and tiny jewels
  • Hinged top, inside mirror and a lovely velvet-flocked paper lining.
  • Hardwood construction promises durability for many years of enjoyment.
  • Music Box plays Clair de Lune
  • All Enchantmints products are tested in development and production. They meet and exceed all US and European safety standards including lead and heavy metals content.
  • $ 44.95

Monday, September 20, 2010

Children's Jewelry Boxes and Music Boxes

With the holidays approaching, gift giving is on everyone's mind and perhaps you are wondering what to get that special little girl or boy on your gift list. We've written a short article to give you an idea what to look for when shopping for children's jewelry boxes and music boxes.

Children's Jewelry Boxes and Music Boxes: Keepsake Gifts for Little Boys and Girls.
If you are searching for a keepsake gift for a young boy or girl you should consider a children’s jewelry or music box. Children’s jewelry boxes and music boxes come in a variety of sizes, finishes and themes. The variety that is available makes finding the perfect one for a girl or boy on your list a bit of a challenge, so let’s take a look at what is available.
Girls’ jewelry boxes are usually made of wood, either with pink lining or with a cherry or mahogany finish. Young girls love jewelry and appreciate having a special place to keep it. When choosing a jewelry box you should consider the age of the girl and then select the proper style. For example, musical jewelry boxes with dancing ballerinas for fairy figurines are popular with little girls. Favorite music box songs include Swan Lake Ballet, Waltz of the Flowers and Nutcracker Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

If the girl on your list is a bit older then consider getting a wood jewelry box with a cherry or mahogany finish. The foremost manufacturer of girls’ ballerina jewelry boxes is Mele, and they have been making them since 1912. The Mele collection of ballerina jewelry boxes includes styles crafted in wood and hand painted. There are also others that are made of wood with a laminated laser paper overlay that is easy to maintain, while providing hours of play.

Girls who love necklaces will appreciate a box with a necklace carousel or necklace hooks. Mele, for example, offers a Ballerina Jewelry Music Box which is basically a girl’s wood musical jewelry armoire. The box features a necklace carousel as well as a ballerina who dances to Waltz of the Flowers. This is a very popular style and sells out quickly so if you are making a holiday purchase then it is wise to shop early for it.
If the young lady on your list loves earrings then look for a jewelry box with lots of little compartments. For girls with lots of jewelry and dress up accessories then consider getting a floor standing jewelry armoire. A Queen Anne Whitewash wood jewelry armoire is a good example of a large floor standing girl’s jewelry box.
Reed and Barton is one of the foremost manufacturers of jewelry boxes and they offer a line of first jewelry boxes for girls who need something that is a bit more “grown up” . Reed and Barton children's jewelry boxes are crafted with the same care and precision as their jewelry boxes for women.
Another well known manufacturer is Enchantmints and they offer a wide range of beautifully decorated musical boxes and toys. These music boxes, treasure boxes and toys can capture a child’s imagination while encouraging hours of play, essential for developing creative thinking, emotional intelligence, and social skills. Enchantmints boxes are crafted of wood with a laminated laser paper overlay featuring beautiful illustrations and you can choose one that reflects the child’s interests such as ballerina, horse, fairy, princess, baseball, sea creatures or safari.
Wind up music boxes require a child to be old enough to understand not to over-wind the box. Some musical boxes contain small parts and are not suitable for children under three.
A children's jewelry box is a gift that will provide delightful entertainment when it is received and will be treasured for years to come.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Owl and The Pussy Cat Children's Music Box

Another favorite classic children's music box now back in stock!

This cheerful music box designed for both boys and girls plays Pachelbel Canon and is inspired by "The Owl and the Pussycat", a famous nonsense poem by Edward Lear (original illustration is shown below), first published in 1871. Lear wrote the poem for a young girl, Janet Symonds, the daughter of Lear's friend, the poet John Addington Symonds and his wife Catherine. Its most notable historical feature is the coinage of the term runcible spoon. It features four anthropomorphised animals (the owl, the pussycat, the 'piggy-wig' and a turkey) and revolves around the love between the title characters, who are married by the turkey in the third and final stanza.
It goes like this..........

The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea

In a beautiful pea-green boat,

They took some honey, and plenty of money,

Wrapped up in a five pound note.

The Owl looked up to the stars above,

And sang to a small guitar,

"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,

What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,

What a beautiful Pussy you are."

Pussy said to the Owl "You elegant fowl,

How charmingly sweet you sing.

O let us be married, too long we have tarried;

But what shall we do for a ring?"

They sailed away, for a year and a day,

To the land where the Bong-tree grows,

And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood

With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,

With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?"

Said the Piggy, "I will"

So they took it away, and were married next day

By the Turkey who lives on the hill.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince,

Which they ate with a runcible spoon.

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.

They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,

They danced by the light of the moon.

More about the history of this delightful poem from wikipedia:

  • The story has been set to music and animated many times, including by Igor Stravinsky, Burl Ives and by Laurie Anderson.1952 cartoon by Halas and Batchelor.
  • A version was composed by Elton Hayes in 1948 and was recorded in 1953 by Parlophone. It became a regular item on Children's Favourites.
  • It was the central focus for a 1968 children's musical play about Lear's nonsense poems, entitled "The Owl and the Pussycat went to see". The play was written by Sheila Ruskin and David Wood.
  • The title was borrowed for an unrelated stage play and subsequent 1970 movie starring Barbra Streisand and George Segal.
  • Igor Stravinsky set it to music in 1966. A recording of the work was made under the supervision of the composer and is available on Sony's 'Stravinsky Edition'.
  • In 1971, a cartoon based on the poem was made by Weston Woods.
  • In the 1968 Disney animated feature Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, later a part of 1977's The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the character Owl mentions a relative of his who supposedly "went to sea in a pea-green boat" with a Pussycat.
  • The two main characters were the inspiration for X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat in the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe" from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
  • Laurie Anderson composed and recorded a version titled Beautiful Pea Green Boat that appeared on her 1994 album Bright Red.
  • Eric Idle, a former member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, wrote a children's book entitled The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat which was based on the poem. It is an extended story about when the Owl and the Pussycat were attacked by a band of ruthless rats who were out to steal pies. It was illustrated by Wesla Weller and was first published in 1996 with an audio version which included some songs by Idle himself.
  • In a musical album of the show Bananas in Pyjamas, the story of The Owl and the Pussycat was sang as a rap song.
This music box is just $38.95 and makes a wonderful baby shower gift or keepsake gift for the young and young at heart!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Child Music Box

A Classic children's nursery rhyme and favorite childhood song comes to life in our Wynken, Blynken and Nod childs music box.

We're please to have this adorable music box back in stock! This particular childrens music box makes a wonderful gift idea for baby showers and keepsake gifts. The whimsical illustrations that cover the box appeal to both boys and girls.

Close your eyes and take a step back to childhood.....

Wyken, Blynken & Nod Nursery Rhyme: A Dutch Lullaby

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe,--

Sailed on a river of crystal light
Into a sea of dew.

"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.

"We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!"
Said Wynken,
and Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe;

And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.

The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in the beautiful sea--

"Now cast your nets wherever you wish,--
Never afeared are we!"
So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam,--

Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home:

'Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed
As if it could not be;

And some folk thought 'twas a dream they'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea;
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
And Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,

And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle-bed;

So shut your eyes while Mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,

And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:--
And Nod.

-- Eugene Field

Open the music box and listen to the favorite music box tune Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are!

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

Then the traveler in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark;
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

This adorable music box is sure to delight the young and young at heart!

  • 6 x 4 x 6
  • Twirling Ship
  • Outside are endearing illustrations in a gentle wash of patterns and colors.
  • Inside is a safe home for all those happy memories and personal treasures.
  • Hinged top, inside mirror and a lovely velvet-flocked paper lining.
  • Hardwood construction promises durability for many years of enjoyment.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Pearl Care and Jewelry Storage

Pearls are prized for their natural beauty and require proper storage and care to retain their natural luster. It's important to store pearls in a dedicated jewelry box, a soft cloth pouch, or in a lined jewelry compartment in your larger jewelry box where they will not come into contact with other jewelry.

Since pearls are an organic gemstone they require moisture to keep them from becoming dry and brittle. If your pearls are stored in a closed box, take them out periodically to avoid dehydration.

Pearls should not be stored in plastic, near heat, or near other hard jewelry items that could scratch them. Never leave them in direct sunlight or expose them to high temperatures. Pearl jewelry should always be removed before using household detergents like laundry soap or dishwasher soap.

While wearing your pearls, perfume and hairspray should not be used because the alcohol and harmful acids can damage them. Perspiration can also harm the beauty of pearls, dulling their beautiful luster. They should be wiped with a damp (not wet) cloth after each wear. Avoid conventional jewelry cloths that are chemically treated. They contain harsh chemicals that could damage the surface of the pearl. Use only cleaning products and cloths designed specifically for cleaning pearls.

To keep your pearls clean, wash them with a cloth dipped in mild detergent and water, or with a cleaner made specifically for pearls. Then, dampen a cloth with water only and wipe the pearls again. The pearls should be lain flat, not hung, to dry. If the string is wet, hanging them could cause it to stretch. Never wear your pearls while the string is damp or wet.

The silk string of your pearl strand will need to be replaced over time. Take them to a professional jeweler for restringing. Be careful not to get pearl strands wet or wear them while swimming or bathing, because water can weaken and stretch the silk thread.

Pearls will continue to be a favorite jewelry choice, complimenting both classic and contemporary styles. With proper storage and cleaning, they will retain their natural beauty for years to come.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wedding Jewelry Trends 2010

Pearls, rhinestones, and crystals remain the top jewelry choice for bridal necklaces, earrings and accessories.

This year accessories are huge and vintage is in. Romantic necklaces embellished with sparkling crystals and soft, feminine pearls are the perfect statement piece to add to any gown.

Single strand pearls are a classic choice and always in style. Consider wearing a strand of pearls that belongs to your mother or grandmother to add sentimental style to your accessories wardrobe. Layer a few strands for an updated look.

Layers are a popular jewelry trend for 2010 but if a layered necklace isn't your style you can easily bring layers in with romantic pearl bracelets. It will be a fashion statement but still soft and classic.
When your hair is up, chandelier earrings with clear crystals or romantic pearls frame your face perfectly. Diamond studs or pearls are an elegant choice. Remember that after your wedding a great pair of earrings fits into every wardrobe, so go ahead and buy the perfect pair!
Short veils woven with soft pearls are a popular choice this year. What to do for an unforgettable hair style? Consider winding a long strand of pearls around a bun. Or, find a beautiful comb or clip that is embellished with sparkly gemstones and pearls.

Accessorize your bouquet with a crystal or pearl brooch. In keeping with the theme of something borrowed, consider borrowing a vintage brooch from a special relative.

No matter what accessories you choose to wear on your big day, you are sure to shine.

Are you getting married this year, or have you recently tied the knot? Post a comment about your wedding jewelry choices. We'd love to hear from you!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Store Your Wedding Memories In Style

With so much going on while you plan a wedding, it's important to remember to stop and enjoy the process, and collect a few keepsakes along the way.

Our beautiful Wedding Memories storage box provides a perfect place for all your mementos to remember your special day forever.

Crafted of wood with a lovely pearl finish. Fill this box with your wedding memories and it becomes an instant heirloom.
  • Silver inlay design cover
  • Silvertone hardware
  • Room for three photos
  • Lift-out tray with four equal compartments, one large compartment and ring rolls.
  • Open storage for letters & accessories below the lift out tray
  • $79.95 free shipping

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Labor Day Sale Locking Jewelry Box

With Fall in the air, are you inspired to organize your jewelry to make it easier to accessorize your fall wardrobe?

Perhaps you need to lock up your jewelry to keep it safe from your children or your house keeper.

Consider this quality made dresser top jewelry armoire. It's on sale beginning Labor Day weekend for $119.95. An exceptional value and a customer favorite because of the useful design and beautiful finish work.

The top locks to secure valuables.

The sides provide storage for long necklaces on 4 per hooks per side.

The 5 gliding drawers provide organized storage for earrings, bracelets, watches & more.

Due to it's popularity, this style is available in three color choices - cherry, espresso or walnut. Click any of the images to shop this style today.

  • Lock and key
  • 6 Spacious Open Drawers four drawers with storage dividers
  • Secure your valuables in the locking top section
  • 7 ring rolls on top portion
  • Two swing out necklace doors with 4 hooks on each side
  • Full mirror in lid
  • Beautiful silver tone hardware and drawer pulls
  • Hand-lined with cream velvet tarnish resistant fabric
  • Top locks, drawers and doors do not
  • Enjoy free Shipping to a US address