Owning a collection of beautiful high quality jewelry is a point of pride and joy. Your jewelry will have wonderful sentimental meaning to you as well as exquisite beauty. Your engagement ring, your grandmother’s bracelet, and the necklace your husband gave you for Christmas; they all have a lot of personal significance behind them.
If you want your precious jewelry to stay safe and in good condition for many years, it is very important to make sure that it is stored properly. Jewelry that is not stored well can become damaged over time or lost. It is also important to ensure the security of your jewelry as they can be targets for thieves.
The following guides outlines the information that one must need to know to keep their jewelry safe and secure so that it will bring you and your family joy for many generations.
GIVE IT A HAPPY HOME
Perhaps you’ve DIY’d a Pinterest-worthy jewelry hanger, or scored a coveted jewelry box. If you’ve got a serious fine jewelry collection you might want a safe for your valuables. Whichever suits your style, having a designated place for your jewelry to rest will make you far less likely to
lose it. You will have peace of mind knowing your collection is always where it should be.
CLOSE THE CLASP ON YOUR NECKLACES
You’re getting ready for a night on the town and you’ve planned your look to a ’T’. The final touch is a necklace from your jewelry box that’s sure to complete the look. But you sigh as you reach in to find it’s tangled in a knot of other pieces. Even though it would have gone just right, you put it back in the box since you’re out of time to deal with that hot mess of chains.
Closing the clasp on your necklaces cuts down on how severely your necklaces can become entangled. Make sure it’s hooked and the pendant in place before putting it away. Jewelry trees or wall hangers are good tools for keeping necklaces separate too!
STORE EARRING MATES TOGETHER
Before tossing them in your jewelry box, hook your earring pairs together so it’s easy to find the mate when you want to wear them again. If you are storing a pair of studs, slip the post of one through the back of the other before securing the earring back. You can also thread earrings through holes in a small piece of cardstock to store them as pairs.
STORE JEWELRY IN ZIP LOCK BAGS
With your clasps closed and earring mates together, you can opt for the next level of protection: individual baggies. Airtight zip lock bags slow the development of tarnish on sterling silver pieces. Even if your jewelry is not made of silver, it’s still good practice to use this method. An individual bag prevents chains from tangling, keeps your earring mates together, and most
importantly, they protect delicate items from being scratched by neighboring pieces. Keep every finished item enclosed in its own protective baggie.
DON’T FORGET THE POUCH
Jewelry pouches are another protective layer for your jewelry in its downtime. Carry it with you in your purse or gym bag to store jewelry on the go. It’s a safe place to keep your goods in your jewelry box, and easy to pack when it’s time to travel.