Platinum jewelry boxes are a popular form of jewelry in Japan and abroad, but the best designs in the world are not always created by the same people.
The makers of some of the world’s best-known box designs are often based on the same families or circles of friends.
For example, Japanese company Shinjuku-based Naka-Oshika Jewelers was created by family members who were collectors, but were inspired by their own families’ collections.
Other popular box designs from Japan are from Chinese firms Hanyu, which has made box designs for Japanese and Western brands such as Tiffany, Chanel and Hermes, and Shanghai-based Huosheng, which is famous for its box designs and box jewelry.
In the United States, the American Jewelry Institute has a database of more than 4,500 box designs dating back to 1879.
The collection includes designs by such well-known names as William Morris, George Dickel and William S. Burroughs.
The most popular Japanese box designs, however, are by family and circle of friends, according to the database.
The NakaOshikas’ designs are on the list, along with designs from American designers such as Hanyo, Hanyin Wang, and Kuniori Yamada.
In Japan, many of the designs are simple, with no embellishments, and can be made of silver, gold, or platinum.
However, some of them can have complex designs, which can make them more expensive.
This article first appeared on Al Jazeera and was reproduced with permission.