A streamlined jewellery box for travellers

Pieces remain precious in this plush marvel by watch-winder maker Wolf

Wolf leather jewellery pouch, £75 – at 11.4cm long, it easily fits into a weekend bag
Wolf leather jewellery pouch, £75 – at 11.4cm long, it easily fits into a weekend bag

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. 

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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 Wolf pouch is available in four colours, including ivory
The Wolf pouch is available in four colours, including ivory

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.

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