Throughout history and for many centuries, jewelry lovers have also prioritized the storage of their favorite pieces. However, the reasons for storing jewelry have changed and evolved over time. For example, today someone might put jewelry in a box to keep it from tarnishing or getting damaged, whereas, in ancient times, jewelry storage was primarily for safekeeping and less about sustaining the condition of the jewelry.
Over the years, jewelry boxes have changed in shape and size, and they've been built from many different types of materials. In the past, jewelry boxes were even referred to as "jewelry caskets" and resembled small treasure chests.
Mother of pearl is the inner layer of oyster and mussel shells. Each shell is unique in color and texture with a shiny and iridescent finish, making it an ideal decorative material, especially as an inlay in furniture of jewelry boxes such as this one. A very rare "footed" example brought back from Paris, this box not only features Mother of Pearl inlay but also a silk tufted interior, a glass top and even boasts the original shop ticket on the bottom.
Materials and Features: mother of pearl inlay
Age/Origin: Napoleon III Period, c. 1860
Measurements: 8" x 8" x 4.25"
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.