Thursday, May 29, 2014

Father's Day Gifts

Father’s Day was created by a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd from Spokane Washington. Her father was a Civil War veteran who single-handedly raised her and her five siblings. When Mother’s Day was introduced, Dodd wanted to inaugurate a day to honour fathers like her own. The third Sunday in June, her father’s birth month, became Father’s Day in North America, and much of the rest of the world. Typical Father’s Day gifts from children and wives include ties, cufflinks, and watches – accessories that dad can wear and cherish for years to come. If dad already has a great collection of accessories from years of gifts, consider getting him something a little different this Father’s Day: a versatile and quality-made storage piece, like a valet, watch box, or jewelry case. ChasingTreasure offers dozens of types of accessory storage box in a variety of materials and styles, meaning you’re sure to find something that suits dad’s tastes and storage needs. He’ll appreciate the organization and the time it affords him in the morning! Let’s check out some of the different options.

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Cuff Link Case

If dad loves to collect cufflinks, this jewelry storage box makes an ideal cufflink organization case. One of ChasingTreasure’s most popular cases, this case has soft black suede-like fabric on the exterior and ivory-coloured suede-like fabric to line the inside. Its twenty-four compartments are divided perfectly for cufflinks, and it includes a pocket on the inside of the lid, ideal for pocket squares. The silver-tone snap closure is a smart detail. At just 10 ½ x 7 ¼ inches, this case is great for travel or home.

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Men's Treasured Watch Case

Does dad have a cherished heirloom pocket watch that he inherited from his father before him? What better way to show your appreciation for the father figures in your life than to give him a handsome way to store it when it’s not in use! The men’s leather accessories box has a big compartment ideal for pocket watches, as well as smaller compartments and ring rolls. In fact, dad could store all of his most precious heirlooms in this one accessories box, and have the peace of mind that they’re secure in one spot. Available in black or brown fine genuine leather, the case is onlye 5 ¼ x 4 ¾ x 2 inches big, meaning it can store securely in his nightstand, or even in a safe. Dad could even bring it with him on his travels, so that he can always have his most prized possessions with him.

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Men's Valet Tray

If dad is the type who would be at home in an English hunting lodge and pub, this valet is perfect for him. This brown leather folding valet tray is great for dropping keys and accessories in after dad comes home from work. At 7 x 7 inches, it fits well on his dresser or in the entryway. It’s lined with handsome houndstooth print, evoking English hunting lodges. It folds flat, making it ideal for travel. He can bring a bit of home with him on business trips!

This valet has a place for everything. Its brown crocodile-style fine leather and cream-coloured interior make it a handsome addition to any dresser, bureau, or entryway. It has an almost vintage look – perfect if dad is a fan of the Mad Men aesthetic. Its many divided compartments ensure that dad has all his accessories neatly organized at his fingertips: sunglasses, his pen, his electronics, cufflinks, keys, his watch, and more. The top tray lifts out for even more storage underneath. At 9 ¾ x 7 inches, it packs a lot of organization into a small space!

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Men's Two Drawer Valet Case

If dad’s tastes are more contemporary, you can’t go wrong with black leather and gold tone fasteners. This dresser valet has two drawers and many compartments, perfect so dad can organize all of his accessories and gadgets at the end of the day. The pieces he uses every day can go in the top catch all compartments, and the special occasion pieces will find the ideal home in the drawers. At 9” long, 5 ¼” wide, and 4” high, this is a stately dresser-top piece, with loads of storage potential.

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Beautiful Men's Valet Case

The smaller version of the dresser valet features enough room for a watch, a couple gadgets, keys and coins – everything dad needs day to day. It’s available in classic black or earthy brown fine genuine leather, and its clean lines can match any d├ęcor schemes. At 6 ¾” by 5” by 2”, it’s the right solution if dad just needs a place for his everyday essentials. It can fit anywhere: in the front hall, on a nightstand, or even in a dresser drawer.

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Fully Enclosed Men's Jewelry Case

If dad’s personal style is a little sportier, this black leather accessories box could be right up his alley. It’s large, at 10” x 8” x 2”, and can hold all of his daily accessories, as well as his special occasion pieces. With divided compartments for his wallet, keys, cufflinks, and change, as well as not one but two padded watch cushions, this ivory suede-like fabric-lined box keeps everything organized and within reach. The black faux leather and clean angles with white contrast stitches make this contemporary, sporty style at home in any room in the house.

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Reed & Barton Men's Valet Case

If dad spends a lot of time at his desk, consider getting him something to organize his accessories while at work. This handsome James Men’s Valet allows his gadgets to stand upright, making it ideal for a desk so that he can see any incoming messages or calls. It even has open holes in the back for charging cables and cords. He can slide memos or letters into the back partition, and keep his keys and eyeglasses handy in the front compartments. The brown bonded leather will bring sophistication to any workplace. At 11” x 9” x 4”, it can accommodate a lot of the tools dad uses all day long, keeping them within reach and in one place.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Napoleon's Gift to Josephine

Napoleon's Engagement Ring to Josephine, Courtesy Osenat
Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine are one of history’s most romantic courtship stories. Napoleon proposed with an engagement ring beautiful in its simplicity. The 18th-century ring has two pear-shaped stones, a diamond and a blue sapphire, set in opposite directions. Though the ring was deemed as “simple” and “ordinary” for its time (Napoleon not having much money when he met Josephine), it became historically significant after he became emperor of France.
Despite the fact that their marriage ended in divorce, Josephine cherished the ring and passed it down as a family heirloom. It recently sold at auction for an incredible $949,000 – 47 times the estimate! Clearly the fact that the previous owner was such a famous figure in history added value to the appraisal!
ChasingTreasure offers all the jewelry storage you need to ensure that YOUR family heirlooms are preserved for generations to come. The story of Josephine’s engagement ring proves that even relatively simply jewelry is special when it becomes a family heirloom!

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Locking Jewelry Box for YOUR Treasures

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Famous Mother's Day Jewelry

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Princess Di's Ring: Courtesy of RingswithLove

In honor of Mother’s Day in May, let’s look at two very famous mothers and the jewelry that they share. Diana, Princess of Wales received a sapphire ring as her engagement present from Prince Charles in 1981.
Worth over $38,000, the ring is a 12-carat oval-shaped Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds set in 18-karat white gold.  It has been said that Diana selected the sapphire engagement ring because it reminded her of her mother’s ring, too.  After her untimely death, the ring returned to Prince Charles, and Diana’s son Prince William selected it as a memento of his mother.  In 2010, he used the ring to propose to Kate Middleton.  Now that Kate is a Royal Mother to baby George, the sapphire ring continues its legacy of adorning beautiful and loved mothers in the royal family.  Heirloom jewelry like this, no matter what its price, needs to be preserved and kept safe when not in use.
ChasingTreasure offers locking jewelry boxes to ensure that the mothers in your life will be able to keep their treasured pieces safely and pass them on to younger generations.

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Locking Jewelry Box