“The boxes became a pet project of mine,” says New York-based jewelry designer Eddie Borgo on the origins of his latest endeavor, a series of handmade, exotic skin-covered jewelry boxes that he recently unveiled on his site. “I started paying closer attention to the way my friends store their jewelry, and actually started to shop for a jewelry box for a friend.” When he couldn’t find one he liked, he decided to create his own—designing a collection of hardware carriers inspired by the antique train cases his mother and grandmother used to carry while traveling. The boxes—which come in crocodile, snakeskin, terra lizard, and white shagreen—have compartments for larger necklaces, sets of cuffs, and smaller statement pieces. They’re classic, made-to-order, and with their gold metal studs, not without edge—perfect for the kind of refined, Saint Mark’s punk-meets-luxe traditionalist bijoux concoctions Borgo has made his name for. The boxes are also something of an object lesson. “After the launch of the jewelry boxes, I am starting to play with the idea of moving into new categories,” explains Borgo. “I have experimented with creating small objects (junk boxes, paperweights, letter openers) and feel like this is a natural evolution for us.”
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