Saturday, April 19, 2014

Faberge Inspired Jewelry Boxes for Mother's Day

The egg has been viewed as representing richness and replenishment for thousands of years, with its form valued aesthetically.  Consequently, it shows up in art and sculpture over the millennia.  The most famous egg-inspired art is the Faberge egg of Russia.  Peter Carl Faberge created sixty-five of these eggs starting in 1885 until the Russian Revolution in 1917.

Fifty Imperial eggs were designed for Czars Alexander III & Nicholas II, and are the most luxurious.  Alexander & Nicholas purchased them as gifts for their wives and mothers, with the first given as an Easter egg in to honor the 20th engagement anniversary.  This first one is called the Hen Egg, and opens to expose a gold yolk, with the yolk opening to reveal a hen adorned in a replica of the imperial crown as well as hanging ruby pendant.  This egg is currently owned by a Russian businessman, though the crown and ruby have been lost to history.

These artistic pieces created by Peter Faberge were trinket boxes designed to hold opulent jewels:  a gift within a gift!

You can read more about the Faberge eggs here.  You can also view ChasingTreasure’s collection of Faberge inspired jewelry boxes, many of which also play music.  If you’re looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift for the women who also likes jewelry, these could just the right treasure!

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Musical Egg Trinket Box Plays "Swan Lake"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Portable Jewelry Cases for the Avid Traveler

Jewelry cases are portable jewelry boxes perfect for the avid traveler. ChasingTreasure offers a variety of exquisitely crafted portable jewelry cases, complete with dividers, pockets, and drawers for secure organization. Portable jewelry cases make a thoughtful gift for the traveler in your life! Let’s think about what you might look for when choosing a portable jewelry case for yourself or a loved one.

Portable jewelry cases are elegant storage systems for your jewelry and accessories whether you’re on the road or at home. In fact, ChasingTreasure offers luxury portable jewelry cases that are so well-designed, they can double as your jewelry box on your dressing table.  Travel jewelry cases from trusted brands like Morelle, Wolf Designs, Royce, Budd Leather, RaGar, and Reed & Barton offer a durable and stylish way to keep your collection organized no matter where you are. They’re available in many colors and finishes, including crocodile finish, ebony, white, red, and brown colors. Large train cases, with many drawers and compartments, are ideal for big collections and long journeys. Many styles offered by ChasingTreasure lock, meaning you’ll have peace of mind as you travel with your precious jewelry and accessories. Whether you travel with your entire collection or you’d like to keep all your and your family’s accessories in one place, large portable jewelry cases from ChasingTreasure are the perfect solution.

If your travel can’t accommodate a large train case, ChasingTreasure offers smaller jewelry cases that can fit in your luggage. These smaller cases still come with all of the organizational compartments to keep your jewelry collection neat and tidy. Sturdy cases with clasps have lined drawers and compartments perfect for rings, bracelets, watches, earrings, and necklaces. Many include ring rolls, keeping your precious stones safe and in place. Removable trays offer even more storage to help you stay organized on your trip. Available in many colors and finishes, you’re sure to find a portable jewelry case that will complement your luggage at ChasingTreasure.

Of course, some travelers need to really make the most of their space without sacrificing bringing their accessories. Soft-sided rolling jewelry cases have zippered compartments and take up even less space than the small jewelry cases. Travel clutches are jewelry cases that look like stylish purses in leather look material, bright colors, or glittery sequins. They slide easily into carry-on suitcases, briefcases, or purses, meaning you can keep your collection on your person and know that it is always safe!

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Large Travel Jewelry Case

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Elizabeth Taylor's Jewelry Collection

While many Hollywood starlets adorn themselves in breathtaking jewelry pieces, few reach the level of jewelry connoisseur and collector like Elizabeth Taylor did.
Famous for her incredible acting talent, humanitarian work, striking features, and love affairs, she was also known for her jewelry collection, which contained some of the most valuable jewels in the world. She even wrote a book about her collection called My Love Affair With Jewelry.
At the time of her death, her collection was worth a reported $150 million. It included many gifts from one of her husbands, Richard Burton, including some historically significant pieces. For example, as a Valentine’s Day gift, Burton gave her one of the most famous pearls in the world, La Peregrina. It was formerly owned by Mary I of England! Burton gave her the 33.19-carat Krupp Diamond (now known as the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond) which she wore almost every day, as well as the 69.42-carat Taylor-Burton Diamond. Taylor’s collection also included the exquisite Grand Duchess of Russia emeralds and the Duchess of Windsor diamond brooch.
It might be unsurprising to learn that Taylor stored these impressive pieces in an entire room of their own. You might not have the space for an entire jewelry room, but your collection is just as important as Taylor’s was to her. You can keep yours safe and organized with a luxury jewelry box or case from ChasingTreasure.

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The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond (Krupp Diamond)