Monday, November 28, 2016

Travel Watch Boxes

For many people, other than their houses and cars, their watches are one of their most valuable possessions. Because of this, travel watch boxes are important accessories. These small cases are designed to keep watches safe and free of damage while traveling. They are small enough to fit into carry-on luggage, but large enough to hold several watches. At Chasing Treasure, we are dedicated to curating a collection of jewelry boxes that are designed for all jewelry needs - even something as specific as a small collection of watches.

Our travel watch boxes have spaces for traditional wristwatches and for the classic pocket watches. Some of the watch boxes are just for wristwatches. Most of these hold four watches on removable watch pillows that are made of protective suede. The cases themselves are usually made leather or other high-quality textiles. The travel cases often have locks or snap closures to keep the watches inside.

We also have travel watch boxes that can hold other small jewelry items. For men or women who travel with one or two timepieces, we have boxes that have spaces for cufflinks and earrings. Some of the jewelry boxes also have small ring rolls, too. Nearly all of the compartments are removable, so the jewelry travel cases can be customized for each trip.

Our attractive and convenient travel watch boxes are affordably priced, too. They come in a few different price points, so you can find the one that works the best for your budget. Despite the affordability, all of the pieces are high-quality - just like our keepsake and heirloom quality jewelry boxes and armoires. We take great pride in curating collections with the best products available on the market today. And, since these pieces are designed for travel, they are durable, too.

Most of the travel watch boxes have extra features that make them useful. Since they all have lids that secure, many of the boxes have features attached to the inside of the lids. Some have pouches that can hold papers or other small necessities. Some have money clips so you can keep extra cash or traveler’s checks in safe places. It is always a good idea to keep money in a variety of places in case anything happens while on the road. These small travel watch boxes are the ideal size to put into hotel room safes. If the safes are too small, they will fit in the hotel safes, too.

All of the travel watch boxes are designed to be neutral in their design. They are perfect pieces for both men and women. They come in neutral colors like black and brown. The interior colors are also neutral colors like light blue, gray, and brown, too. Anyone travels on a regular basis would be happy to use these to protect their jewelry and to keep everything together in one convenient location.

All of the pieces in our curated travel watch collection also come with the 30-day return policy and our Chasing Treasure one-year warranty, too.

December Birthstones

Like many of the other months, December proudly boasts three birthstones: turquoise, zircon, and tanzanite. These three precious stones are beautiful in color and they all make jewelry pop. Like all other birthstones, these three have unique histories.

Turquoise in Robin’s Egg Blue

Turquoise is one of the most recognizable precious stones. It is also one that has been appreciate for centuries. In today’s world, it is recognized as a part of Native American culture and it often included in ceremonial outfits and accessories. The gem resembles robin’s eggs blue and usually includes veins of other colors. The veins are called the “matrix” and many pieces of turquoise are prized for their unique patterns. Many people believe that the beautiful turquoise stone provides the wearer with protection from evil. The stone is also known to bring good luck to the owner, too.

Zircon in Several Different Colors

Zircon is another lovely stone, but it is not as well known as turquoise. Zircon comes in a variety of colors that can range from yellow to green and even brown. Many zircons are actually found on beaches and in alluvial deposits. Now, the most popular color for zircons is blue, which was developed by heating up the yellow and golden colored stones until they reached the desired shade of blue. These stones are heated in an oxygen-free oven to reach the shade. Despite the fact that blue is the most popular color, the rarest and most valued is red. The colorless zircons are often used in the same way as diamonds - to the untrained eye, zircons can pass as diamonds. But, jewelers and gemologist can easily determine the difference with a quick test. Unfortunately, zircons are brittle, so they must be treated with care.

Throughout history, zircons have been a part of many stories from in Arabia and India. The Hindus believed the green zircon represented the Kalpa Tree. The zircon was mentioned in the story Arabian Nights. Travelers in the 11th century used zircons to protect against diseases and injury. And in later centuries, the zircon was said to protect against the Black Death. This is a lovely gem that deserves to be respected in today’s world.

Tanzanite in Several Shades of Blue

The third and seriously popular December birthstone is Tanzanite. This beautiful gem can only be found in Tanzania (thus its name). Inside of Tanzania, the gem is only found in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. While Tanzanite is best known for its blue color, nearly all of the stones have some shades of purple. The size of the stone often determines the depth of the blue. The biggest stones have rich blues, while the smaller ones are lighter with slightly more lavender tones.

At Chasing Treasure, we take great pride in curating a collection of heirloom quality jewelry boxes to securely and safely protect your gemstones. From small trinket boxes that are perfect for giving rings with December birthstones to large armoire jewelry boxes to hold immense collections, we have everything that jewelry connoisseurs will appreciate.

Monday, November 21, 2016

How to Tell If Gold is Real

Buying jewelry always comes with a risk, especially if you decide to buy pieces secondhand or from places other than respected jewelry stores. The biggest risk involves whether or not the precious metals like gold and silver are actually real. Fortunately, there are several ways to determine if the metals are real or fake and many of these tests can be done without the need of a loupe or any chemicals.

Before learning how to tell whether gold is real, it is important to know what is “real” gold. In the US, the magic number for gold is 10 karats. If the gold wears that monicker, it is not consider “real” gold because it contains too many other types of metals.

If you are shopping for gold jewelry at an auction or another second-hand shop, you should bring a magnet with you. Gold is not magnetic, so if the piece you are considering is attracted to your magnet, then you immediately know that the piece is not real. Unfortunately, using a magnet will not guarantee that the piece is gold because there are other metals that are not attracted to magnets.

If you are considering a gold chain of any type, there are a few industry standards to consider. Real gold chains will have stamps on both clasp tabs. The stamps will say 14K or another number larger than that. Also on the clasp, the O-ring that attaches will be soldered to the chain. Pieces that are not gold will not be soldered simply because the soldering process is too hot and will actually melt the chain. Fake chains will look more like brass and you might even be able to scrape off paint or a plastic coating.

Fake gold rings are also easy to spot - especially in the secondhand market. Real gold rings will have clear markings on the inside. You will be able to see 14K and other markings that show the manufacturer. Fake rings will look worn and they will have markings like GF, which stands for gold filled, or marking that start with H, like HGP and HGE - heavy gold plate or electroplate. These are not real gold.

Fake gold bracelets, especially if they are chains, will have the same issues that the necklaces have. But, bangles will have the same issues that fake gold rings have. Often, used pieces will have signs of wear that show a base metal coming through. Real gold will be consistent in color and sheen. Many fake gold bangles will have the same markings as rings, like HGP or HGE. They will also have fractions to show how much gold fill they contain. So you might see something like ¼ GF.

Finally, the easiest fake gold jewelry to spot is earrings. These are easy because the post will not be made of gold. The colors of the gold earring and post will not match on fake pieces. Real gold earrings will be gold from the post to the decorative piece.