The Erstwhile Guide to Chic Jewelry Boxes

Boxes, trays, and travel accessories for all of your treasures.

After a quick search on Google for "jewelry boxes" one realizes that it takes a little extra effort to find the most sophisticated form of jewelry storage. My mother used to keep all of her jewelry in a special armoire. I think that now most prefer to store their jewels on their dressers in boxes, trays, and small dishes. What is nice about using a portable box is that it is easy to store away when you are out of town. Or you can easily grab it with you on the go. One important decision to make is if you want to have a lock fastening feature. If you plan on traveling with your jewelry box you should have a lock. At home, use your discretion. I recommend you have a tray or ring dish for your daily essentials and use a locked jewelry box for less worn or evening pieces. Here's a quick lineup of my favorite jewelry storing essentials.

Jewelry Boxes

Jewelry boxes come in a variety of styles, shapes, and fabrics. You can find them new and vintage. Look for a box that has been made for jewelry storage that will contain notches for earrings, rings, etc. This is the best way to keep things organized. This one featured on Quitokeeto is a beautiful vintage box with just enough space for a small edited selection of jewels. Find a similar box with a quick search on Etsy for vintage jewelry boxes.

Another option is to get a few boxes that are not necessarily meant for jewelry storage. These boxes made by Michael Verheyden are not meant strictly for jewelry but they are elegantly made in suede dusty colors. Along with a tray these will work beautifully.

Lock fastening jewelry boxes

If you are looking for the ultimate box and are willing to splurge. Behold the Smythson grosvenor leather multi-compartment jewelry box. Rows upon rows of ring cushions for all of your collectables.


Cute Panama mini textured-leather jewelry box from Smythson with just enough space for your most worn essentials.

A chic and modern style from Reed & Barton made in high gloss cream and black with a suede lined interior.

For the romantics this Miu Miu vintage-inspired jewelry box will have your gems wrapped up in lustrous pink and red satin.

This jewelry case from Anya Hindmarch is perfectly sized for your treasures. And it's bespoke with your name engraved on the top of the box. One draw back, this box does not lock. If you don't plan on checking your luggage or this is just for the home this is a great customizable option.

Finally I had to include the luggage king Louis Vuitton. This Monte-Carlo jewelry case in the classic monogram canvas comes with a mini pad lock.

Vanity boxes and ring dishes

Vanity boxes and vanity dishes are meant to sit on your vanity or dresser. They are used for jewelry and other keepsakes.

These round vanity boxes by Tenfold sold at The Line are made from marble and crafted in India. A perfect tabletop accessory for your essentials. Don't over fill as you don't want metals and gems rubbing up against each other too much. Store only your daily essentials, like your engagement ring and wedding band.

John Derian and Astier de Villatte make the most beautiful ring dishes otherwise known as trinket dishes. These are perfect for keeping on your night stand or on your wash basin as a place to keep your daily jewels.


There are many options for trays as they come in so many varieties. Marble, wood, and antique silver are my favorite. Use it as a place were you store your most worn pieces. This is a great way to have easy access to your favorites. Because let's face it, we always end up wearing the same things over and over again. Might as well keep them where we can see them. Keep it by your bedside or on your dresser. A better solution then leaving your precious jewels scattered.

This Tenfold tray made in stunning white marble is perfect for organizing small items like jewelry.

Antique silver trays work beautifully as jewelry trays. I keep my essentials on this lovely engraved tray inherited from Jared's family. These can be found on eBay, Etsy, and flea markets like Brimfield.

A quick recap

An Etsy search for "vintage jewelry boxes" will show up some nice options.

Elegant suede boxes from designer Michael Verheyden. $285

Ultimate leather jewelry box from Smythson. $4,195

Panama mini jewelry box from Smythson. $850

Chic Reed & Barton high gloss jewelry box. $150

Miu Miu vintage-inspired red and pink satin jewelry box. $605

Anya Hindmarch bespoke jewelry case. $795

Monte-Carlo Louis Vuitton jewelry case. $1,180

Round vanity boxes from Tenfold. $58

John Derian and Astier de Villatte trinket dishes. $80 - $175

White marble jewelry and small items tray from Tenfold. $88

Look for silver trays at flea markets, eBay, and Etsy.