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A Clear Overview On CD Jewel Cases

By Ferdinand Eusebio

CD jewel cases are simply known as the plastic cases that CDs are packaged into. They are usually made up of three essential parts, made of polystyrene that is molded via injection in the form of clear plastic that may come with different color tints.

Among the three parts of the CD jewel cases, the first one is the front cover which when you open has pivots towards the left side and is enabled to hold the art in the front cover. Other things like booklets for pictures or for in case of any music album you can put even lyrics sheet inside this cover. These things are kept in place by the help of four tabs or protrusions which are present inside the front cover.

The back cover which is generally of the same color as the first part makes the second part. The CD tray is held up there. The interior of this cover is used for holding the track listing and any other art work which is inserted between the middle media tray and the back cover.

The media or CD tray is the third and final part which is linked with the back cover and is responsible of holding the disc right in place. It has a circular core tooth which further keeps the CD in place by clasping the CD hole. Besides, these further prevent the optical surface of the CD from getting scratches or getting damages which might result in the CD becoming unusable. Previously this tray was made up of polystyrene material but now it is being replaced by a delicate polystyrene material which is transparent. This enables you to see the other side of the print cover which is placed inside the second part, if the CD is removed.

The slimline jewel cases are a variation of the CD jewel cases and are quite similar to any normal jewel case but unlike them are quite thinner and are capable of holding solo CDs. The first part of these crystal case hold the art work by means of a lip which is present on the right side and has replaced the normal four tabs that used to hold the art work in the album in any standard size. But, the artwork should be a single folded sheet otherwise it would be difficult to be fitted inside the case.

But CD jewel cases also come with certain disadvantages like they can easily crack with a slight pressure especially in the case when there is no support underneath the front cover. As the cases are pivoted on the two plastic holds which are quite delicate this is a weakness of the design that makes it prone to breakage when it is under stress. Even the CD or DVD core teeth are prone to breakage. Another major issue is the grip which is used to hold the print out which carries the CD information. Most of the times this paper holds the paper so tightly that if you try to remove it may get torn or get snagged.

However, they are considered to be the cheapest option for CD packaging, which makes them appealing to album makers. The price would of course increase with special features, like clear tray, slimline case or colored plastic, but the increase in production cost is minimal.

At CD Jewel Cases, you can more information regarding jewel cases and other related topics.

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