It is interesting to know that jewelry boxes have featured in many movies, plays, and books. Hollywood movies have used them frequently to tell a story. There are several movies that mysteriously revolve around a jewelry box.
‘The Black Swan’ is a famous movie starring Natalie Portman and she even won an Oscar award for her incredible performance. In the movie, every night when she goes to bed with all her toys, she would dream of a ballet dancer in a musical jewelry box.
A South Korean film, titled ‘When A Woman Breaks Her Jewelry Box’, was released in the ’70s, in which a woman breaks her jewelry box to get to know the truth about her mother. When all along she had thought that her mother was dead, she was actually alive and this was revealed when she opened her mother’s jewelry box. It was voted best film and also won an award at the Blue Dragon Film Award ceremony.
Another scary movie which involved a jewelry box is ‘What Lies Beneath’ with Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford. Michelle discovers the jewelry box at the lake behind their home and that was the clue which helped her to solve a murder mystery. She was constantly disturbed by a ghost appearing before her and you have to watch the movie to enjoy the thrilling conclusion.
Thriller movies like ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ have also used treasure chests and jewelry boxes extensively.
In the 80’s, Dalton Moore, an administrator at the Swindon High School, wrote a lovely play named ‘The Missing Bride’. The students were trained to act so naturally that they won an inter-school competition. This play was all about a bride who went missing from her wedding party.
Everyone in the party were apprehensive about the bride being missing. They searched high and low in the house till they found the jewelry chest which looked old and made an effort to open it. When they opened it they found, to their dismay, only her dress and the bride had disappeared.
Her body was missing but her beautiful wedding dress was in place. There was perfect silence and the audience was scared to death! Finally the play explained that the old house, which was bought for the bride and groom was haunted!
In Greek mythology the story of the famous Pandora’s box is well-known that the Gods had given a pretty girl a lovely jewel box and was asked not to open it. But curiosity got the better of her and she opened it only to release all kinds of diseases and destruction into the world.
Jewelry boxes find a place in fairy tales too. In the story of “The Emperor’s Clothes” the clothes and the richness of the treasure chest which was used by the king is described in detail.
In the famous books of J.K. Rowling who wrote the “Harry Potters” series of books. The first book tells us that Harry is a wizard and he inherited his fortune form his parents. This fortune was kept in jewelry chests at Gringotts Wizarding Bank. This is the first series called “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
From adults to children love thrilling stories and ones which involve jewelry boxes and hidden treasures are a sure hit with them. The whole family is thrilled, whether it is a story book, or a play, or when watching a movie together!