A Guide To Jewelry Boxes

Taking care of your jewelry begins with proper storage. There are certain damages you can cause by being careless about where you put the pieces when they are not in use. Aside from the risks of theft or of losing them, you expose them to many elements that could lessen their luster or cause irreversible imperfections.

A jewelry box is an essential part of collecting jewelry. It can help you organize the pieces. For example, putting sharp metal-based pieces in a compartment separate from the precious stones to prevent scratches or chips.

Choosing a Box

When choosing a jewelry box, price and design may be among your first considerations, but also consider how the material of the box will react with your jewelry. For example, wood reacts with silver, causing it to tarnish. To solve this problem, wooden boxes must have a lining, usually velvet.

The size of the box should also be part of the equation. If you are planning to build your collection, you must have a box large enough to accommodate the different pieces you will acquire.

A jewelry box may come in paper, plastic, metal or wood. Of these, wood is the material of choice for elegant pieces. The classic look of handcrafted hardwoods like mahogany, maple, elm, and cherry, compliments the beauty of the jewelry pieces. The boxes often have solid brass or gold-plated hinges, locks, and knobs to complete the look. Other more lavish designs feature leather or animal skin.

Expensive and expertly crafted jewelry boxes last a long time. Their value increases through the years, as well. Italian jewelry boxes made from traditional materials fetch several thousand dollars. This is the reason why serious jewelry collectors are also keen jewelry box enthusiasts. They know that the boxes themselves are valuable in their own right, making them an important part of the collection.

Shopping Thrift Stores and Pawn Shops For Collectable Jewelry Considered

Finding pristine pieces of collectable jewelry takes a lot of patience and a bit of knowledge. That means it takes some experience and observational talents that must be developed over time. Some folks like to peruse the online ads on eBay, Craigslist and such to find collectable jewelry, but you better make sure you know what you are buying and that the picture displayed is crisp and the actual digital shot of the item that is for sale.

It’s starting to sound a little dangerous buying stuff online or at online auctions isn’t it? Sure it is, so beware. Still, a talented shopper can find some super deals online, again, with patience, knowledge and knowing exactly which questions to ask, before they send the electronic payments to the seller. May I be so bold as to offer some advice on shopping for collectable jewelry another way, using the “what you see, is really what you get method?”

 
Why not go into a nicer area and check out the Pawn Shops? Right now with the economy in the tank, many folks have hocked their collectable jewelry to get quick cash to stay in their homes, pay their mortgages, or get money to stay out of bankruptcy. With job losses increasing at the bottom of the recession, there is quite the supply available.
 
If you have collectable jewelry and you take it to a Pawn Shop do not expect to get much for it, it’s too risky and many Pawn Shops will not give you much for it, as there is no definite market and its value is so hard to judge. There is a market for some specific top end brands like Rolex Watches, but for the most part collectable jewelry is not so easy to Pawn.

 
Perhaps this is why you can get such a good deal for it. And while you are at the Pawn Shop, why not check out the Thrift Stores too. The selection might not be so great during a down economy, since more folks are shopping for low prices for jewelry, but Thrift Stores often have great collectable jewelry, again if you are patient and know what to look for. Think on this.

New Season, New Start? Get Our Fashion Advice

As the relentless grey months seem to be passing and the bright blue sky making a more than welcome appearance, it can be tempting to think about blowing off the cobwebs and making a fresh start in time for spring. To help you on your way, we’ve compiled a review of winter fashion 2010/11 hits and misses and a preview of what’s in store for the new season.

In tune with the more than usually icy climate in December, warm fur boots remained a firm favourite and long-laced biker boots make an appearance – a welcome alternative to high heels when it cam to trekking to work in sub-zero temperatures or standing in long snaking queues waiting for cancelled flights. 1950s schoolboy satchels made a comeback and are set to last well into the new season thanks to their versatility as gender neutral and large enough to carry your files and lunch without the need for a trolley! The so-called man-bag briefly set the fashion world against one another – trendy chic or last-year’s fad? David Cameron’s media man may have received mixed reviews but it looks like it’s here to stay thanks to a number of celebrity and high-fashion outings for the man bag including James Long’s fabulous collection at London fashion week.

The London Fashion Week was mired in controversy after Galliano’s unexpected racist outburst but this didn’t detract from the diverse high fashions on offer. From the dark, goth-like dresses of Craig Lawrence to the suave style of Alfred Dunhill, the week showed the panelled dress and fur to be this winter’s winners.

Heading into spring, we can expect to see a lot more colour. Bright block primary colours are making a splash, particularly when it comes to accessories – check out MyWalit’s range of rainbow purses, spot on trend! A bit of patriotic colour won’t go amiss either, leading up to the royal wedding in April. Kate Middleton’s style is certainly one to watch as well – check out her penchant for Australian hats. Harem trousers seem to be making an unfortunate comeback – perfect for those size zero models but less appealing for us mere mortals. Gypsy skirts are also a fashion to keep on top off – floaty, feminine and easy to pull off, no matter what your shape, this is one fashion that it’s worth investing in. (No need to shave your legs too!)

For men, matching leather is the way to go – check out Kenneth Brownne’s elegant range of leather accessories and gift sets, many matching in colour and style. Men’s fashions are set to get increasingly casual but make sure you team this with elegant and well-chosen practical accessories like leather wallets and matching belts.