Last year I lost the little black suede pouch I had long used to carry my small but precious jewellery pieces on short trips. It failed to emerge from my suitcase on my return – had I negligently left it in my room, maybe in the safe? The hotel, which I had known for years, said not but I still found myself mentally impugning the hitherto impeccably honest staff. The mystery was solved when I tried to put on a black-lined ankle boot and found my pouch inside.
This concentrated my mind on finding a more suitable travelling jewellery holder, preferably one in which chains would not tangle nor items occasionally scratch each other. Most jewellery rolls are too large, structured boxes too heavy; I eventually found the answer at mechanical watch-winder maker Wolf. Many of its watch or jewellery boxes are grand and structured, some in polished wood, and built for proud display rather than travel – but I was seduced by a little quilted leather number (£75) with rounded corners, a tasselled zip and a remarkably well designed, anti-tarnish fabric interior.
One side has four compartments for slightly larger items and a central strip of padded rolls for rings and small earrings. Behind a firm divide, the other side has three hooks for chains or small necklaces, their pendants protected in a gathered pocket below, and there is even enough depth to squeeze in a delicate evening watch. Better still, the divide has a mirror, so if I’m going to an event after work I can take the box and change my jewellery on the go, and it doubles as a make-up mirror.
The box sides are structured enough to be protective and, although the box is heavier than a pouch, it is small enough (11.4cm long) to fit into a weekend bag and I find it easily holds enough jewellery pieces for a longer trip. The quilted leather is smooth and tactile, the interior well crafted, the whole aesthetically satisfying as well as practical. With a choice of four colours there was no contest – the red box means my jewellery can never again hide away in a dark corner.