Jewelry boxes are available in all sizes and range from small travel cases and dresser top boxes to large floor-standing jewelry armoires. If you are about to purchase a jewelry box you might want to look into the large sizes, as your jewelry collection is sure to grow with each year. A large jewelry box is one that is usually more than 14 inches wide or high.Many of the large boxes are dresser top armoires. A typical example is the Diva model made by Reed and Barton. It has five drawers with compartments for earrings, rings, bracelets and pendants as well as two side compartments that are ideal for storing necklaces. With a dark mahogany finish it will also make a contribution to your bedroom’s decor.Another box in the same category is a 15 inch high, six drawer box by Seya. It has four drawers with storage dividers and a top section that locks to protect your valuables.In addition, the top section has seven ring rolls. With two swing-out necklace doors with four hooks on each side and a full mirror in the lid, this is a large, multi-purpose box that can handle the needs for storing a large and varied collection.The next category of large jewelry boxes are the huge, oversized dresser top chest styles. A good example is the Empress walnut jewelry chest by Mele. It measures in with a length of 18 1/2 and width of 9 1/2 and is 11 inches high. It has a warm walnut finish and features seven divided sections on top. It also has a built in mirror.A special feature is a hidden necklace drop with 12 hooks. There are six drawers, one double drawer in the middle, one ring drawer, one with four equal sections and two open drawers. The bottom drawer has eight equal sections, and the whole chest is lined with a cocoa suede-like fabric which prevents scratching and damage to your jewelry.Another category of the large jewelry boxes are leather train cases and jewelry trunks. A good example of a jewelry trunk is the huge leather jewelry trunk by Morelle. Measuring an impressive 21 inches in length, 11 1/2 inches wide and 10 inches high it is crafted of genuine leather with a black croc finish.Fully lined to cushion and protect, it has 16 separate drawers and tons of storage for all kinds of jewelry plus it has LED lights above the mirror that light up when the lid is opened. A secure lock and key keep an entire collection of jewelry secure. Also included is a travel case for additional storage and traveling with jewelry.Finally, you can also look at a floor standing armoire. As the name suggests these are not placed on the dresser top but are independent pieces of furniture. A good example is the traditional oak-finished jewelry armoire offered by Mele. Measuring-in with a length of 13 inches and a width of 10 inches and a height of 24 inches, this is an elegant piece of oak furniture that features a lid with interior mirror, a top compartment with central roll section flanked by six open sections, four open drawers and dual necklace doors that house six hooks each, plus catch panels.In case you have a large and growing jewelry collection but do not have enough space to accommodate a large jewelry chest, there are ways to handle this problem. Consider getting a medium size dresser top jewelry chest and supplement this storage with hanging jewelry organizers or lined jewelry storage boxes.
We venture to explore the top ten categories of Israeli jewelry. We will also be looking at the criteria we use to arrive at the respective categories. This information should be useful to anyone considering buying jewelry from Israel. It should also be useful to anyone considering starting to deal in Jewelry from Israel (or jewelry designed by Israelis in the Diaspora). Further, it should be useful to anyone thinking of becoming a commentator on Jewish jewelry.Now when we classify the Jewelry on the basis of ‘style’ we end up with:1. Classic Israeli jewelry: this is jewelry crafted using the classic Israeli styles.2. Modern Israeli Jewelry: this is simply jewelry crafted using contemporary Israeli styles.When we classify the ornament on the basis of branding, we end up with3. Designer Jewelry: here, we are looking at jewelry crafted by (and directly associated with) the world-famous Israeli designers. Such jewelry tends to be quite costly.4. Non-designer ornament: here, we are looking at ‘run of the mill’ Israeli ornaments, which don’t claim any association with the major Israeli designers.When we classify the jewelry on the basis of what is made out of, we end up with:5. Israeli golden jewelry: this tends to be the costliest variety of Jewish jewelry, especially when it is crafted out of pure gold. Golden Jewelry is greatly admired in Israel (since time immemorial), and there is quite a lot of Israeli golden jewelry in circulation.6. Israeli silver jewelry: this can also get costly, depending on the amount and quality of silver used in crafting it. We have some high-end Israeli silver ornament items actually going for higher sums of money than some (low-end) Israeli golden jewelry items!7. Precious metal jewelry: here, we are looking at jewelry crafted from things like rubies, pearls, diamonds and so on. Some of these are rendered in classic Israeli styles, but most are rendered in contemporary Israeli styles.When we classify the ornament on the basis of gender, we end up with:8. Masculine jewelry: here, we are looking at things like cuff-links as well as the talis clips. A good number of these are regarded as members of the Israeli jewelry family thanks to the fact that they are crafted by Israeli designers. That is as opposed to them being crafted using Israeli styles, as there seems to be relatively few native/classic Israeli styles for these masculine ornament varieties.9. Feminine jewelry: here, we are looking at items like necklaces, bracelets, earrings and so on. Some of these lay their claim to the Jewish jewelry family on account of the fact that they are crafted by Israeli jewelers (regardless of the styles they are rendered in). Others lay their claim to membership in the Jewish jewelry family on account of the fact that they are rendered in classic Israeli styles, regardless of the origin of the designers behind them. Then we have those ‘pedigree’ feminine Israeli jewelry items, rendered using Israeli styles by Israeli designers.And finally, when we classify the ornament on the basis of cost, we end up with:10. High cost and low cost Israeli Jewelry. What can be termed as either ‘low cost’ or ‘high cost’ depends on an individual’s circumstances. In the final analysis, we have some Israeli jewelry items going for tens of dollars, and other going for tens of thousands of dollars.
Some styles may come and go, but faith is always in fashion. Crosses, crucifixes, saint medals, and more, these are the jewelry pieces that we will cherish forever. But the hottest new styles in Christian jewelry are the ancient symbols of faith, which predate even the cross.These symbols, such as the Ichthys, anchor, and dove, are the oldest symbols used in Christian jewelry. Each has a very special and very specific meaning. Because of these special qualities the ancient symbols of faith are making a huge resurgence in Christian jewelry and fashion.The symbolism of ancient Christian jewelry:The cross did not become openly used in Christian jewelry until around the 3rd century A.D., when the emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of Rome. Since then the cross has become the most significant of Christian symbols, and has been widely used in art and Christian jewelry.Christian jewelry played a large part in the protection and promotion of early Christianity. Since early Christians were often persecuted for their faith, it was not safe to openly display the cross. Early Christians instead wore other forms of Christian jewelry, such as:The Ichthys: The Ichthys consists of two intersecting arcs resembling the profile of a fish, and in modern Christian jewelry usually has the name “Jesus” written in the center. The Ichthys is symbolic of Christ as “the fisher of men”. The clean, simple lines of the Ichthys form an elegantly understated piece of Christian jewelry, for the person who revels in the richness of simplicity.The anchor: The anchor obviously has special significance to mariners, and is in fact commonly known as the mariners cross. But it was originally used not only by the seagoing, but also by Christians from all walks of life. The anchor is used in Christian jewelry as a symbol of Jesus as the anchor of Christian life, as well as hope based in the faith in Christ. The anchor is the perfect piece of Christian jewelry for those who spend a lot of time at sea, as well as those who need steadfastness in their lives.The dove: The dove is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. The story goes that when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in the form of the dove. The dove is also a universal symbol of peace and purity. The dove is the perfect baptismal gift.The Lamb of God: The Lamb of God, or Angus Dei, is the oldest depiction of Jesus. Jesus was named the Angus Dei when John the Baptist, upon seeing him, proclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. In Christian jewelry he Lamb has become the symbol of innocence and triumph over sin.These are just a few of the ancient symbols found in Christian jewelry. With so many different symbols with so many different stories it is easy to find the perfect piece to celebrate the individual, while still celebrating faith.The Cross:When the Emperor Constantine converted all of Rome to Christianity the cross became far more widely used in Christian jewelry. Soon many different variants of the cross would emerge. These ancient forms of the cross have withstood the test of time, and are still as popular today as they were fifteen hundred years ago. Some examples of ancient cross forms in Christian jewelry are:The Latin cross: The Latin cross is the most commonly used form of the cross. The Latin cross is a cross with a long vertical bar intersected slightly above center by a shorter horizontal bar. The Latin cross with the body of Christ, better known as a crucifix, is used by the Catholic and Orthodox churches as a representation of Christ’s sacrifice, while the Latin cross left blank is used by the Protestants as a representation of Christ’s resurrection. The Latin cross is perfect for the quiet, devout person, as it showcases the strength of simplicity.The Greek cross: The Greek cross, a cross with equilateral arms, is the most ancient form of the Christian cross. It is used most often by the Greek Orthodox Church, and represents the union of the divine and the human worlds. The Greek cross is a stunning piece of Christian jewelry, for those of the Eastern Church, as well as those who wish to be slightly different in their jewelry.The St. Anthony cross: The St. Anthony cross, or Tau cross, is a cross in the shape of the letter T. Some believe that this is the actual shape of the crosses the Romans used for crucifixions. The St. Anthony cross is a perfect piece of Christian jewelry for those who seek discipline in their lives.The Celtic cross: One of the most popular pieces of Christian jewelry, the Celtic cross is a cross with a circle around the cross bar. The circle is believed to originally have represented the sun, or possibly the moon, both of which were worshiped by the Irish prior to their conversion to Christianity. Nowadays the circle has come to represent to many the endless love of God as shown through Christ’s sacrifice. The Celtic cross is a one of the most visually stunning pieces of Christian jewelry, and you don’t have to be Irish to wear one.The cross is definitely the most popular form of Christian jewelry, and with so many styles to choose from, it is easy to find one that is perfectly suited to the individual. Here is a good page to see a wide selection of Christian jewelry.Where is the best place to purchase Christian jewelry:To get an idea of the different styles and prices that are available in Christian jewelry it is more convenient to view them online before shopping around at local jewelry stores.Retail jewelers will sometimes carry a small selection of Christian jewelry, but you are more apt to find a greater selection online. Just type “Christian jewelry” into an Internet search engine like Google or Yahoo and you will find several reliable websites that specialize in Christian jewelry.The cost of Christian jewelry is dependent upon many variables. In solid 14K yellow or white gold, crosses and other ancient symbols should cost about $50 to $300 depending on size.The true heart of Christianity:The true heart of Christianity lives within us all. With Christian jewelry we are able to elegantly express the faith of our hearts. The ancient symbols and crosses of Christianity are the perfect way for us all to show our faith in an elegant and personal fashion. Perhaps this is why the ancient symbols of faith are the hottest new styles.