Despite their small size, creating jewelry boxes is a labor of love! The overall size is much smaller than any stained glass window yet the design considerations to make them are many. Often during the construction, I take a moment to think about what makes them so special. I appreciate that the giver has taken time to consider what details would make the person who is going to receive it feel cherished. I think about the person who receives it using it and thinking of the giver each time. When I was asked to create this jewelry box, it was for a woman whose friend's daughter is celebrating her bat mitzvah. Although they live far apart, they are close in spirit and have a warm relationship that defies the distance and their span in age. The woman who commissioned the box shared with me a photo of Dahlia, her bat mitzvah invitation and some stories about her so I could get a sense of her personality. I created a design using the colors and feel of her invitation and the lettering to personalize it with her name. She wanted to tie it to this moment while keeping it elegant so she can enjoy it for years to come. The box is on its way to Colorado and I can't wait to hear her reaction when she receives it-- good feelings for the giver and receiver! Mazel tov, Dahlia!