Sunday, November 22, 2015

Traveling with Jewelry 101

Now that the holiday season is beginning, it is important to consider what you will be packing on your journeys. At Chasing Treasure, we offer several different types of travel cases for jewelry. If you travel regularly, it is a good idea to add a travel case to your collection of luggage. It is also a good idea to know what to bring along and what to keep at home.

The most important thing to consider is where you are going and what you will need to bring along. You should remember that vacations are times to relax and not worry, so you should keep every piece of jewelry that you would worry about at home. If the piece is valuable or special to you, it is a good idea to leave it at home, in a locked jewelry box (like the ones we offer at Chasing Treasure).

If you know you will be dressing up or enjoying casual evenings out, you can always bring a few pieces from your collection. Small earrings are easy to pack and so are chain-link bracelets. If you are worried about your necklaces getting tangled, you can leave them at home, too. You can also bring some pieces that make statements, but are not expensive. If you are unable to pack certain pieces because they are too big or too easy to tangle, you can always wear them on the plane.

Some travelers prefer to keep their wedding band and engagement ring at home. If you have a large diamond or an expensive band, it can be wise to wear something less flashy, especially if you are going somewhere that your jewelry could draw negative attention. If you are expecting to have outdoor adventures on your journey, it is a good idea to leave the expensive pieces at home. Some travelers will wear a basic wedding band instead of their prize pieces. Some will also buy rings that resemble their real pieces, but they will buy them out of fake gems like crystal so they do not need to worry if they get lost. If you have to take your jewelry with you, it is a good idea to look at your homeowners insurance to be sure your pieces are covered when you travel.

Anytime that you fly and take jewelry with you, you should only carry the jewelry with you at all times. If you check it with your bags, there is a chance it could get lost. In your carry on luggage, it cannot get lost. When you use a travel case, you can easily put pieces in the specialized compartments. If you bring long necklaces, it is a good idea to use a necklace roll to keep them from tangling. To keep the jewelry case from opening up during travel, buy one that locks. Keep the key in a safe spot so you do not lose it.

If you have any questions about traveling with jewelry, feel free to contact us at Chasing Treasure via email at or on the phone at 888-804-2542.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Moving? Keep Your Jewelry Safe

Moving is a fact of life and when you have a large collection of jewelry, it can be extremely stressful. After you have all of your jewelry organized in your jewelry boxes from Chasing Treasure, it can be challenging to pack it up and move it. Here are some tricks for moving large collections without having troubles with tangles, breaks, and loss.

What Not to Do

If you love your jewelry collection as much as we love our collections of jewelry boxes, we understand your frustration with moving it. Instead of wrapped jewelry in rolls, plastic wrap, or plastic bags, there are several other ideas that work. You also cannot simply pack your jewelry in our armoire or boxes, because the truck ride will disrupt the pieces inside of them. Those large collections of jewelry need to be packed with care and this could take time. (But, it is worth every second).

What to Buy

The best tools for packing jewelry include small jewelry boxes and organizers.

How to Pack Necklaces and Bracelets

The most frustrating part of moving is packing and unpacking necklaces and bracelets so they do not tangle. Plastic straws are the best way to keep them from tangling. Pull one necklace or bracelet through one straw, then wrap it with a paper towel. Tie off the ends of the paper towels with yarn or string to the necklaces do not slide out. Obviously, this only works for small chains, but these are the ones that are the most frustrating to untangle.

Bracelets and necklaces that cannot be stored in straws need to be put in small jewelry boxes or other small pouches that you have around the house. Cuffs and other items that can easily be scratched can also be wrapped in paper towels and put in paper bags or plastic bags. Then they can be put in cosmetic pouches or other padded pieces.

How to Pack Earrings

Earrings can also be challenging to move. Smaller earrings can be put in bead organizers, the small acrylic boxes with individual compartments. These will keep them from getting mixed up and shaken up during the actual move. Larger earrings can be put in compartmentalized boxes with bigger holes. More valuable earrings should be packed individually, but everyday pieces could be placed with a few sets to conserve space. To keep the boxes from bouncing around in the moving truck, you can pack them with blankets or soft items of clothes, like sweatshirts.

Take Your Best Pieces with You

Your best pieces should be placed in small travel jewelry cases. These should not be packed in a truck, but should travel with you in your car.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

How to Spot Fake Jewelry
Spotting the Faux

With all of the opportunities to buy jewelry, it is easy to be tricked into buying a fake. Whether you are buying jewelry in a boutique, antique store, online shop, or local jeweler, you need to know what to look for so you know what you are getting. No shopper wants to buy a fake, especially with the prices of jewelry today. Here are some tips to help you spot the faux and protect the contents of your wallet.

1. Look for a stamp or hallmark. Real jewelry will be clearly labeled with the type of gold or metal, like 10 Carat, 14 Carat, or other numbers. The stamps will be on the inside of rings and it will usually be put on a tag on chains used for necklaces and bracelets. Hallmarks are the makers’ marks that jewelry designers use to label their pieces. Designers in different countries have different marks so you should be able to identify the mark from images online. If the piece does not have a stamp or a hallmark, then it most likely is fake.

2. Consider the shop. If you are buying online, you cannot get a good look at the piece. You should always be a bit leery of buying anything valuable online, especially if you cannot see a collection of close-up images. If you are buying from a reputable jeweler, online purchases are probably safe.

3. Look into the return policy. Most reputable jewelers offer some form of a return policy with their high quality pieces. Any piece that does not come with some form of return policy is probably not worth its price.

4. Look closely at the quality of the item. Pricy, valuable jewelry with have outstanding soldering. Clasps will be flawlessly put together. They will not be pinched with low quality findings. You should not be able to see any of the marks from the soldering process.

5. Be alert to the use of rhodium. This will be used to give a finish that resembles white gold. You can quickly identify rhodium by looking for signs of yellow gold on the inside of the ring. You can also look for stamps telling you what type of gold it is. When you see 10k or 14k, the yellow gold ring is probably plated with rhodium.

6. Get a certificate. When you are buying diamonds, you should receive a certificate from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). If the jeweler cannot give you a certificate for your diamond, then do not buy the diamond because it is probably not real. Other pieces of jewelry, from colored gemstones to fine watches, should come with certifications, cards, or other types of paperwork. The paperwork should be on high quality paper and be printed with first-run ink. Photocopies should not be given, unless you get the original, too.

7. Test the gold. First, know that gold is not magnetic - so if it sticks to a magnet, get out of the store. Gold will indent if you bite it. Look for the carat markings. You can also scratch a ceramic plate with gold; the gold will create a streak of the same color.