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The Best Ways To Store Your Jewelry

Your jewelry is probably one of your most prized possessions, so you should take extra care to ensure it’s always in tiptop condition. When you aren’t wearing your jewelry pieces, you have to store them the right way to prevent them from being damaged or tarnished. Check out this comprehensive guide to learn how to properly store and protect your jewelry.

What Are the Ideal Conditions for Storing Jewelry?

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Make sure you store your jewelry at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. Choose a location that consistently maintains a low-humidity level, which can help prevent tarnishing and discoloration. Bear in mind that different types of metals and stones may require different conditions to remain in good shape. For instance, cameos and opals are more susceptible to cracking and crazing if they’re kept in a place with low humidity.

What Kind of Jewelry Box Should You Use?

Whether you prefer to get a wooden or plastic jewelry box to store your fine jewelry, make a point to choose one that comes with a soft fabric lining. With such a jewelry box, you don’t have to worry about damaging your jewelry pieces even if you drop them in hastily at the end of the day. Ideally, you should pick a jewelry box with compartments for storing different types of jewelry, so that your jewelry pieces won’t clump together and scratch each other. Also, clumps of jewelry can be difficult to sort through.

What Precautions Should You Take When Storing Your Jewelry?

If you have jewelry pieces that you don’t wear regularly, you should properly clean them before storing them. This practice is especially important for costume, gold, or silver jewelry. You don’t want to put a green, corroded copper jewelry piece in the same place as your grandmother’s prized locket. A corroded piece can make other jewelry items tarnish and corrode at a faster rate.

Even if they’re clean, your jewelry pieces are going to pick up dirt and odor if you keep them in an old, dusty jewelry box. Therefore, you have to vacuum your jewelry box every now and then to create a clean and dry environment for storing your jewelry.

How Do You Keep Your Necklaces?

Typically, a jewelry armoire has doors with hooks for you to hang your necklaces. You should hang your necklaces and bracelets on these hooks to prevent knotting and kinking. If you don’t have a jewelry armoire, you may want to try a DIY solution. Add a corkboard to a frame or box and use push pins to create hooks for hanging your necklaces. 

How Should You Store Gemstones and Diamonds?

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Diamonds are rated 10 on the Mohs hardness scale, making them the hardest gemstones in the world. As such, they’re capable of causing scratches on any material that has a lower Mohs rating. This is also the case with other gemstones. Along with your diamonds, avoid storing your sapphires, which are rated 9 on the Mohs scale, with gemstones that are ranked below them. Instead of stacking your gemstones in big piles, you should place them in separate small boxes or zip-close bags to protect them from scratches.

What Is the Best Way to Store Silver Jewelry?

To prevent your silver jewelry items from tarnishing, you need to keep them dry and away from other jewelry pieces that are prone to tarnishing. Before you store them, clean them and then loosely wrap them in a tarnish-proof cloth to allow some ventilation. After that, keep them neatly in a box or drawer with a few silica packets. Bear in mind that you shouldn’t let your silver jewelry come into contact with any rubber objects because the sulfur content in rubber can cause silver to tarnish.

How Do You Store Gold Jewelry Properly?

Since it’s the most malleable metal, gold can sustain scratches if it rubs against other metals or hard gemstones. To keep your gold jewelry items in good condition, store them separately in the original boxes they came in or soft cloth bags.

What Should You Do With Your Frequently Worn Jewelry Pieces?

There are some jewelry items that you wear more often than others. Separate these pieces from the rest of your collection by placing them in a small jewelry box or tray. Then, put the box or tray in a drawer in your dressing table or another conveniently accessible location. This makes it easier for you to locate the pieces you want to wear and remember the options you have. It’s also a good idea to use a hanging organizer with clear pouches to store your frequently worn jewelry. Such an organizer can keep your jewelry items separate and visible.

It’s generally safe to keep your costume jewelry pieces out in the open. You can place them on a jewelry display stand or in a tray. This way, you don’t have to dig through your jewelry box when you’re getting ready and you can also easily store them at the end of the day.

How Do You Protect Your Expensive Jewelry From Theft?

Sometimes, it can be difficult to store your jewelry pieces in such a way that you can prevent both damage and theft. While it’s important to keep your jewelry in a dry and organized place at room temperature, you’ll also want to keep your most expensive pieces hidden in a safe location. The best thing to do is to put your most valuable items in a velvet-lined drawer or compartment within an inconspicuous and locked place, such as a safe.

Proper jewelry storage is an effective way to reduce the chances of your prized possessions being damaged or stolen. For extra protection, it’s recommended that you get jewelry insurance.

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