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Jewelry boxes are sometimes more precious than the treasures they contain. From the gold cartouches found in pharaohs' tombs to the whimsical, gem-encrusted eggs created by the jeweler Fabergé for the Russian Imperial Family, the designs of jewelry boxes have beguiled and bedazzled for centuries.

There are many different types of jewelry boxes, perfect for any decor. Among the most popular are:

Armoire-style Boxes

Armoire-style jewelry boxes are typically made of leather or wood and have a series of drawers and other compartments, often recessed or fitted with hooks, into which users can fit specific types of jewelry.

Music jewelry Boxes

Music jewelry boxes are a variation on armoire-style boxes that are equipped with a set of pins on a revolving cylinder or disc that play a tune by plucking a series of steel teeth.

Flat lacquer-ware Boxes

Lacquer-ware boxes often incorporate Oriental designs and inlays such as mother of pearl or jade in a motif called faux marquetry. Often, compartments are incorporated into the interior of the box.

Watch Boxes

Watch boxes are specialized jewelry boxes designed for men to house their watch collections. Typically, they contain 10 or 20 compartments in which watches can be individually stored.

Valet Boxes

Valet boxes are also jewelry boxes that are customized for the male gender. These leather or wood boxes are most often catch-alls for the things men carry in their pockets on a daily basis such as wallets, keys, loose change and rings.

How to Choose Jewelry Boxes

Although jewelry boxes are often works of art in their own right, their primary function is to protect your jewelry collection. Choose jewel boxes that suit your jewelry collection. Do you own more rings than bracelets or necklaces? Then you will need jewel boxes with smaller compartments so that your rings do not become entangled with chains and strings.

Make sure your jewelry boxes contain sufficient room for your entire collection so that pieces don't rub up against one another as this will decrease their luster and increase the chances of breakage. It's better to have two jewel boxes than to cram your collection into a single inadequate receptacle.