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Vintage Jewelry Boxes

Updated on September 6, 2014

Finding Vintage Jewelry Boxes

Don't you just love the old world feel of vintage jewelry boxes?

Whether created as replicas or the original ones these Vintage Jewelry Boxes have the ability to evoke such historical images that you can literally get transported back in those times.

Vintage jewelry boxes are rare nowadays, but they can be such treasures in and of themselves. You don't need fancy, expensive jewelry to make one of these boxes truly valuable.

Before, if you wanted to get your very own vintage jewelry box you would've had to have a grandma or someone really old to pass one along to you as some type of inheritance or heirloom. You also had the option of going to garage sales, thrift stores or antique shops hoping you'd come across one of the vintage boxes.

But now it's easier to get your hands on these lovely items. With the options available online getting a vintage jewelry box is nowadays almost as easy as getting jewelry.

Types of Vintage Jewelry Boxes

There are the kinds that are genuinely antique in that they are very old pieces and are still in their original form. Depending on how old they are, they may cost you around a hundred to a few hundred dollars, and that's if they're in good condition.

Many of those boxes probably date back from within the last 100 to 150 years. If you happened across a vintage jewelry box older than that, then you're most likely looking at a lot more.

Other types of vintage jewelry boxes are replicas of the authentic ones. They're designed to look old and have the appeal of vintage.

Vintage jewelry boxes can derive from many cultures and many time periods. The most common types of vintage jewelry boxes you will find are the Chinese style jewelry boxes. These are typically made of wood with intricately carved details, multiple stacked drawers, a fold up mirror and sometimes even a lock and key. They can also have beautiful paintings within the box's interior as well as exterior.

Another type of vintage jewelry box would be the Victorian style boxes. These have a softer and more feminine exterior. They actually resemble pin cushions quite a bit with their embroidered fabrics. These boxes are often embellished with beads, rosettes and tassels.

The interior of the box is typically lined with silk or satin. These types of boxes aren't as multifaceted as the Chinese style ones. Victorian jewelry boxes only have one main compartment.

Finding Genuine Vintage Jewelry Boxes

Some older jewelry boxes were also made from metals like silver or copper giving the box a very heavy feel. They were very detailed with metal moldings, usually of floral designs. Sometimes they were footed, other times they just had a flat bottom. The tops of these boxes would come completely off and the inside would be lined with some kind of soft fabric, like velvet.

How To Make A Vintage Jewelry Box

Another opton of course is to make your own Vintage Jewelry Box as you can see in the video below

Do You Know Someone Who Would Love A Vintage Jewelry Box?

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      Gail47 5 years ago

      What beautiful antique boxes! Great collection. I have a couple from my mom and grandmother and really treasure them.

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      I just love old boxes. I can't resist collecting anything from old wooden grocery boxes to trinket boxes of all kinds. I think it all started as a child when I read the story of Eeyore's birthday present, but maybe it was Treasure Island, and all those chests full of jewels.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love old fashioned things. Very charming.

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      pufek77 lm 5 years ago

      Yes my mom love them.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Oooh, lovely choices. I love just about anything vintage and some of these are so pretty.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What lovely choices in vintage jewelry boxes. Thanks for the beautiful list.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yes I! I love the Chinese ones with all the drawers and unique touches they have. One of these days...when I'm in the $$ I'm coming back to order one. Love the lens, beautiful things. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      Terrie_Schultz 6 years ago

      These are beautiful!

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      These are so pretty, but I have so little jewelry. Mine fits in a small box that fits in the palm of my hand. Still, I sure love these vintage jewelry boxes.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a jewelry box for many years, but it isn't vintage, yet.

      These are nice Mother's Day gifts, or from any occasion. :)

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I'm sure my Mum would love one of these vintage jewel(le)ry boxes. Mother's Day is just around the corner, so I'm going to keep them in mind :)

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I do have 3 real vintage Jewelry Boxes, 2 are family heritage, another I bought in an antique store. I don't use them for jewell tho since I have very few pieces, but use them as a decorative pieces and as an envelope / stamps /paper box on my desk.

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      These are really gorgeous. I'd like to have one of those boxes, can't keep up with the tangled jewelry anymore. Great lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      These Vintage Jewelry Boxes are beautiful. My jewelry box was hand made by a friend about 30 years ago. It is a treasure, too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love these vintage jewelry boxes! I love jewelry boxes, but hardly ever wear any jewelry.

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      Margaret Schaut 6 years ago from Detroit

      The vintage ones ARE special!

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      The Chinese jewelry boxes are gorgeous. I'm not crazy about Victorian ones. Nice article.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      Nice selection of jewelry boxes. Very nice.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think vintage jewelry boxes are very classy and elegant in a ladies bedroom or vanity area.

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      Deadicated LM 6 years ago

      Sure, who wouldn't want one?

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      TheBaseballCoach 6 years ago

      My wife woul just love to have vintage jewelry box

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      Jack-in-the-Box 6 years ago

      Wow...those vintage jewelry boxes are beautiful! I am not sure I have ever seen ones like that before. I love anything vintage. Great lens!