Monday, October 24, 2016

Watch Storage

Knowing the time is one of the basic necessities in life. This is why watches are so important to men and women. Even though it is easy to look at a cellular phone to get the time, a beautiful chronograph is the classic and timeless way to do it. Throughout time, watches have become favorite heirlooms for families, so taking good care of them is important.

At Chasing Treasure, we have several options for men and women who want to protect their investment in watches. They come in many different price points and sizes so that everyone can find and afford one to meet their needs. One thing they do all have in common is that they all will protect watches from dust and other household debris, like pet dander. When storing watches, it is important to keep them covered and out of direct sunlight, which is why all of our watch boxes do have covers and many of them will fit inside of a dresser drawer, a closet, or an armoire. Some people even put their watch boxes into larger cigar humidors because of the constant temperature and humidity settings.

Another important consideration to make when storing a watch is whether or not to keep the battery in or to remove it. Batteries have been known to leak, so if you are planning on storing a watch for an extended period of time, removing the battery is a good idea. For day-to-day storage, it is probably not necessary.

It is also a good idea to keep jewelry boxes, especially those with watches inside of them out of the bathroom. Yes, it is convenient to have jewelry nearby when getting ready in the morning, but moisture will damage watches and other metal items in your jewelry boxes. It could also do damage to the wood that the boxes are made of. If you have a bathroom in your master suite, keep your jewelry box away from the bathroom door, too.

Our jewelry boxes that are designed to hold watches include padded watch cushions. These can be easily removed to put a watch on and to take one off. The watch cushions can also be used to store fine bracelets, too. When putting the watch cushions back in the box, it is a good idea not to put the cushions over other pieces of jewelry to avoid scratching. It is also recommended not to store batteries in the watch boxes.

We have a few favorite watch boxes for both men and women. One of our favorites for women is the Ivory Leather Watch Case. This beautiful case elegantly store watches in a cushioned environment that closes with a magnetic snap. It is small enough to fit in a suitcase for traveling and pretty enough to leave on a dressing table. For men, our Mens Black Leather Watch Box is a favorite. It holds four watches and has a pocket for extras. It is easy to carry in luggage, too.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Necklace Storage

Necklace Storage

In order to make mornings more efficient, jewelry, and necklaces especially, needs to be effectively organized. Without organizing your jewelry, you could waste significant time each morning searching for matching earrings and untangling necklaces. At Chasing Treasure, we offer a collection of jewelry boxes that makes necklace storage easy.

Storing rings, bracelets, and earrings are easy compared to storing necklaces. There seems to be only one way to store a necklace: by itself. As soon as two necklaces get near each other, they instantly attract each other and get immediately tangled. Fortunately, our collection of jewelry boxes, especially the armoires, will keep them separated so you do not have to worry about the chains getting tangled and twisted.

Our favorite jewelry armoires for storing necklaces are the ones with the cabinet doors on the side. The cabinets have hooks on the walls of the armoire and the cabinet doors. As long as you keep one necklace on each hook, then you should not have any problems with necklaces getting tangled. Some of the armoires just have hooks on the walls of the armoire and not on the doors, so if you have a large collection of necklaces it is important to get an armoire with the most hooks.

One of our favorite armoires is the Freestanding Antique Brown Large Locking Cabinet in Dark Brown. This cabinet has eight hooks on each side, so it holds plenty of necklaces. The cabinets are hand-lined to protect the necklaces. Each hook is a double, so it is easy to keep sets together by hanging bracelets or rings on the top hooks and necklaces on the bottom hook. The sturdiness of the armoire will keep the pieces from tangling. The drawers all lock and they are lined. The drawers have separated sections for statement necklaces or pearl necklaces that are better off laying flat. There are some necklaces that are best laying in a compartment.

If you prefer a smaller jewelry box, our Large Oak Jewelry Box keeps necklaces protected. This jewelry box is like a tablet-top armoire, but much smaller. It has the same style of cabinet doors on the side with hooks for necklaces. One cabinet side is larger than the other so that the necklaces can rest on the floor of the cabinet. The other side has a small pouch to hold necklaces. Each cabinet side has 16 hooks, which can hold a serious number of necklaces. There are also several drawers that can hold other piece of jewelry. The only thing this jewelry box does not have is a lock.

Another beautiful jewelry box for necklaces is the Reed & Barton Athena Jewelry Box. This one does not have necklace hooks, but it has plenty of lined drawers to keep statement necklaces and pearl necklaces separate from each other. The lid has a set of pegs and a large pouch to hold pendants.

If you have any questions, our customer service department is available to help. We take orders online or via phone. Contact us at or 1-888-804-2542.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Crown Jewels: What the Queen Wears

It is no secret that the Queen of England has one of the most impressive collection of jewelry in the world. Whether she is wearing a beautiful brooch, a jewel-encrusted tiara, or a bedazzled bracelet, Queen Elizabeth II knows how to accessorize. Interestingly, most of the pieces that she wears have spectacular stories, too. As the Queen of England, Elizabeth gets to wear tiaras to signify her position in the world. For those of us who do not get to wear tiaras on a regular basis, here is a little background on the different types of headpieces the Queen gets to wear:

A tiara is a headpiece that does not have the same weight and heft of a crown. It is often semi-circular in shape, worn to a formal occasion, and circles a majority of the head. Tiaras also are generally covered in jewels. If the tiara is a full circle, then it is technically called a circlet.

A crown is an ornamental headpiece that belongs to a king, queen, or other form of similar leader. The crown will usually be circular and will have arches. They are often decorated with jewels that have some significance in the country’s history and in the monarchy’s family.

A diadem is another term used to refer to headpieces worn by royalty. The two words diadem and tiara are synonyms, but the term diadem is more grandiloquent than tiara. For example, most people do not talk about prom queens wearing a diadem. It is truly a piece that is meant to be worn by an important person.

A bandeau is a type of headband that is somewhat like a tiara. They are highly bejeweled. They tend to be relatively the same height from the edges to the top. A tiara and circlet will have different levels in height, but the bandeau will not. It is much more subtle, but no less beautiful of a piece of jewelry than a tiara.

The kokoshnik is not native to England or other European monarchies. It originate in Russia and has been a part of their traditional costumes for centuries. Queen Elizabeth has a beautiful, highly jeweled Kokoshnik that was given to Queen Alexandra. It is a headpiece that is taller than a tiara that reaches a crescendo at the center apex of the piece. Queen Amidala from the Star Wars series often wears headdresses that would be categorized as Kokoshnik pieces. These pieces can be designed simply or they can be heavily and ornately designed so they cover all of the hair, the ears, and much of the back of the neck.

The aigrette is a type of ornamentation that is not a crown, but more of a tiny tiara. It does not necessarily have to circle the head. They often have feathers. These were popular during the Roaring ‘20s and resemble something that would be worn by Daisy in The Great Gatsby. They are much smaller than a tiara and often look more like a fancy barrette or other form of hair decoration.

A parure is a set of jewels that usually includes a necklace, tiara, earrings, and other pieces. They are often designed to have similar jewels in the same patterns. The complete set usually also includes a brooch, bracelet, and possibly even a ring, with all of the other pieces. These are usually only reserved for royalty and are often given as gifts for major life events, like a coronation, a major birthday, or a wedding. When they are named, they often include the country of the origin of the jewels or of the owner of the piece. The parure does not need to include a tiara to be an officially named parure.