Your Guide to Buying an Affordable Jewellery Display Cabinet

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Your Guide to Buying an Affordable Jewellery Display Cabinet

Whether selling or just displaying jewellery, it is important to have the right type of display to show off the prized pieces in any collection. Many people collect unusual jewellery, and rather than hide it away and take it out only for special occasions, an affordable display shows off the highlights of the collection. As a business owner, it is extremely important that jewellery looks its best at all times, and finding the right cabinet can only help increase sales. One of the better ways to find an affordable jewellery cabinet is to purchase one at a discount supply or online auction, such as eBay

There are quite a few different choices when it comes to how to display jewellery. Most crafters, jewellery, collectors, and gemologists choose to put their work on display. How the work is displayed can help with many things. A professional display cabinet can help sales and increase interest in the jewellery, while a personal cabinet can show off a collection of odd or unusual jewellery. To choose the right cabinet, a buyer must decide how they are going to use it, the type of lighting that he or she wants, and the jewellery display cabinet material.

Professional or Craftsman

For the professional jeweller or festival craftsman, there exists a huge variety of different types of affordable jewellery cabinets. Each cabinet has specific details that can help display a specific piece, or a variety, depending on the need.

Large Display Cases

Obviously, large display cases are meant for many pieces of jewellery. They are often made with glass or plexiglass fronts, and contain solid backs with sliding or swinging doors. It is important when purchasing a large display cabinet to know how much room is needed. Measure the area in which the display cabinet is going to be placed. Large displays are usually not portable, so make sure to take an accurate measurement of the length and width of the area in which it is placed, and have these measurements on hand while shopping. If the cabinet is too big for the space, then obviously there are problems. If the cabinet is too small, then another may need to be added.

Make sure when purchasing a large cabinet that there is enough room to display each piece of jewellery to attain the best effect. If the jewellery is too close together, buyers are not be able to get a good look at the pieces. If they are too far apart, it may look as if there is no selection from which the buyer can choose.

Small Display Cases

A smaller display case works well when there are only a few pieces to sell. Many of the smaller cases are portable, and are great for people who sell their jewellery at fairs and other festivals. A smaller display case may be glass or plexiglass all around, it may rotate, and it may have a back that is solid. Most of the smaller display cases have a latched back and hinged back so they can be opened easily. Although some of these cases may not be portable, most of them are easily transported or moved.

Internal Portions of a Professional Display Case

Whether it is a large case or a small case, the shelves and shelf material can be extremely important. Many jewellers have large cases that have glass shelves of different sizes. The largest shelf is on the bottom, and the smallest on the top. The glass shelves work great for displaying large amounts of jewellery, but you may want the individual pieces on a display board of some sort.

The small portable cases may have glass or opaque shelves that have a static display board, meaning it is not removable. Those with the removable display boards are easier to work with but harder to transport.

Display Boards

Display boards come in just about every size and shape that most people can think of. Most of them are made from a rich, vibrant colour to show off the pieces to their best advantage.

Board Type


Type set box

Small squares to fit small items

May have wood, velvet, or silk lining

Good for earrings, small pendants, charms

Not good for necklaces, bracelets, anklets

Single board

Single board with a hook

Lined with silk or velvet

Good for single bracelets, anklets, necklaces

Not good for small items, pendants, multiple pieces


Medium board

Medium-sized board with many hooks

May have velvet or silk lining

Good for large pieces, bracelets, anklets, necklaces, large numbers of pendants, or charms

Not good for single pieces

Large board

Large board with many hooks

May have velvet or silk lining

Good for large pieces, bracelets, anklets, necklaces, large numbers of pendants, or charms

Not good for single pieces

Ring board

Box-like board with slots for rings

Lined inside with velvet or silk, with foam outside

Good for rings

Small varieties are portable

Neck bust

Round top with flatter bottom, neck, and shoulders

Velvet, plastic, or silk

Good for necklaces of all shapes and sizes



Anklet or toe ring display

Velvet plastic or silk



Ring or bracelet display

Velvet, plastic, or silk


This is not by any means an exhaustive list of the different styles of display boards. Each style has their own pros and cons that depend upon the individual's needs. Some of the larger boards do not fit in small or portable cases. These boards can be used for professional displays or personal displays depending on your desire.

Personal Displays

All of the above mentioned boards can be used for personal displays, but some of the larger pieces can be cumbersome in a home. Most personal displays are small cases that are either all glass or backed in wood. Many of the personal displays are meant to be placed somewhere and not moved. Rarely are they made from plexiglass because there is less of a chance the the display may be broken or broken into when on display in a home. Personal displays can be shelf-sized for a collection of jewellery or smaller for a single piece or two. If a you collect vintage jewellery, antique jewellery, or another specific type of jewellery, you may want to purchase a shelf display to show off the majority of a collection.

Lighting for Displays

There are many different forms of lighting. Most often the lighting is specifically designed to show off a particular type of jewellery, such as gemstones, metals, or precious pieces. Most modern display cases come with the ability to be wired or are already wired for lights. The bulbs and actual lights used can differ drastically. The preference for lighting in a professional setting is almost always some form of fluorescent bulb. The bulbs do not have to be the harsh fluorescents that light offices and other large buildings. There are many manufacturers that make specific display lighting. These bulbs are softer and offer a wider range of colours than the standard fluorescent bulb.

A person wanting to show off a private collection may choose fluorescents or they may choose a different option, such as white bulb recessed lighting, above display lighting, or a coloured light. Ultimately, you need to try different forms of light, including natural sunlight bulbs, to see which suits the collection or products the best. The only way to truly know which light works the best is to look at a piece under the different forms of lighting.

If you are in doubt about which type of lighting to use, take a look at other displays of a similar product. If you are a professional dealer or a craftsman selling at a festival, then take a look at other sellers. See which lights work for your product and which do not by comparing the type and style of lights for similar products; the same works for home displays. Look at the collection you have, and then collections similar to yours, and then decide which light works the best.

Buying Affordable Display Cases on eBay

When searching for an affordable display case on eBay, all you have to do is type in the search terms of the display case you need. Search terms, such as "professional display case&", can return the results for all of the listings included with those search terms. If you need something more or less specific, try the search term "display case", this returns a more general result. Scroll through the listings to find a display case that interests you, and then click on the listing.

When you click on the listing, it displays a detailed version of it. The listing usually has a description, the seller's information, shipping policies, return policies, and the seller's feedback and feedback rating. Each of these elements are important and should be reviewed carefully. Make sure that everything you need is there. If it is not, use the "ask the seller a question" option to ask the seller directly about the missing information. Many sellers are happy to provide you with the answers. Feedback is also important. Here you can look at the experience that buyers have had with a seller on previous occasions.


There are many affordable display cases available as new products and as used products. They can be found in professional shops or through online auctions, such as eBay. First, you must decide why you need a jewellery display cabinet. If you need it for professional purposes, then make sure you have the correct measurements and lighting requirements. If you want to display a personal collection, decide which pieces are to be displayed, how you want them to be displayed, and then decide on lighting options and cabinets. Display boards are critical to displaying jewellery for keeping it visible and organised, particularly if the display is portable. Make sure that you are comfortable with the type of display, the lighting, the size, and the way that you wish to use the display before making any purchasing decisions. Look at other similar displays and compare them to the ideas that you have. By doing this, you are sure to get an attractive display that shows your products or your collections to their best advantage.

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