How to Store Jewelry
Is your jewelry a jumble of tangled chains and mismatched backings? Do you wish your jewelry is easily accessible? Well, this is your year to get organized. We’ve got the best tips and tricks for storing your everyday jewelry and high-end pieces, keeping them in perfect condition for your next occasion.
Before you get started, you’re going to need some supplies, such as storage trays and t-bars that are great for organizing jewelry. You’ll also need a space to store your jewelry in a preferably easy-to-access location, like your closet or vanity.
How Can I Organize My Jewelry at Home?
So without a personal assistant, you’re going to have to get in the weeds before this gets easier. To organize your jewelry at home, you need to:
1. Find and lay out all your jewelry.
Depending on the state of your current storage solution, this may be the hardest part. Take a deep breath. We believe in you. Now go find your jewelry. And lay it all out so you can see it. This may mean untangling pieces.
2. Categorize and group your jewelry.
How you categorize and group your jewelry is a personal choice. Some do it by color, metal, function, etc. We would recommend keeping like pieces together. But some jewelry comes in sets, so you’ll know the best way to group it.
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3. Place groups of jewelry into or on your jewelry organizers.
Depending on if you have drawers, trays, t-bars, or hooks, you’ll want to keep groups together for better organization. There are many great organizers out there, but what you decide to use is a personal preference. We recommend trays and t-bars for optimal storage.
4. Store your jewelry in an easy-access space near where you get ready.
Once everything is organized, you’ll want to store your jewelry in an easy access area when you’re getting ready. For some, this is in your closet or bathroom vanity. If you have drawers in your closet, you may want to use them for your jewelry. This all depends on the amount of jewelry you have and the space you have for storing it.
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Tips for Storing Everyday Jewelry
Everyday jewelry needs to be in an easy-to-see, easy-to-put-on area. This may mean having a stand or ring dish on your vanity or an eye-level shelf in your closet. You’ll want to pick your favorite pieces to wear and group them by type, such as rings, earrings, bracelets, etc.
If you decide that a drawer is the best place to store your jewelry, use trays to subdivide the drawer into easily visible compartments. Place your favorite everyday pieces near the front of the drawer for easy grab and go.
How to Store Jewelry so it Doesn’t Tangle
One of the best ways to prevent your jewelry from tangling is to hang bracelets and necklaces that typically like to knot. You’ll also need to be careful not to put too many pieces together so they don’t twist together.
Tips for Storing Outfit-Specific Jewelry
For storing pieces that you wear with specific outfits, you’ll want to organize these jewelry pieces in sets that you wear together. These don’t need to be in the most easy-to-access area of your organizer, but be sure to keep them visible so that you remember that you have them.
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Tips for Storing Expensive Fine Jewelry
Fine jewelry requires more effort. You’ll want to keep these pieces out of your bathroom or anywhere it might experience extreme temperatures. Fine jewelry needs to be stored at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.
You’ll probably prefer to keep these jewelry pieces in a fabric-lined drawer to keep them from damaging. Make sure each piece has room and isn’t touching other pieces. Depending on the diamond or gem, it can scratch your other jewelry if your organizer is cramped for space.
Along with keeping your fine jewelry organized and in a safe place, you’ll want to clean your jewelry regularly with jewelry cleaner. This will help keep your silver from tarnishing.
Best Way to Store Jewelry for a Long Time
If you have some pieces that you want to pass down but don’t necessarily want to wear right now, you can put them in long-term storage. Before placing your jewelry into long-time storage, you’ll want to:
- Clean the jewelry before placing it in storage.
- Place the jewelry into an air-tight jewelry box or in zip lock bags in a container, box, or drawer. This will help preserve the polish.
- Use fabric-lined containers to minimize shifting and scratching against other pieces.
- Wrap each piece in anti-tarnish paper.
- Keep your storage container or box away from extreme temperatures or humidity.
Do a Jewelry Purge
We're not saying you can have too much jewelry, but if your closet looks like Tiffany's storefront, it might be a good time to think about parting with some of your least-worn pieces. A good general rule of thumb for evaluating each item is to try remembering the last time you wore it. If you can't recall that, it's probably a sign that it'd be better off with a new owner. Check-in with friends and family to see if they'd be interested in anything you're willing to let go of. Be sure to have pieces of value appraised so you can sell them and pocket some cash.
Invest in a Cart
Sometimes, you gotta have your pearls on the go. Drawers are great, but rolling carts might be even better for keeping your precious jewels close. Placing your jewelry on wheeled carts gives you unparalleled freedom to easily and quickly move your pieces wherever you'd like. This setup might especially come in handy if you're cleaning or doing renovations that could put your jewelry at risk of being damaged or getting lost in the chaos. For maximum organization, we recommend placing trays on the cart so you can keep your jewelry in its place while it goes on its little adventure.
Display your Jewels
When the jewelry isn't being displayed on your neck, display it on your wall. Use nails or stick-on hooks to hang your jewelry around your home as decoration. You can color-coordinate your setup with the rest of your aesthetic and strategically place pieces near sunlight sources to maximize the shine factor. If you're really feeling funky, try arranging your jewelry into your own hand-made art pieces and proudly show off your creativity. Additionally, this is a great alternative to getting rid of your old jewelry. Love it longer as a piece of decor in your home.
Use Travel Cases When You're on the Go
Take your jewels with you when traveling in a nifty little case. Travel jewelry cases are great for keeping jewelry safe while you're traveling, and most travel cases should have organizers built-in so you can keep your jewels in their assigned seats. In addition, you have nearly limitless options for travel cases, making it easy to find ones that match the rest of your luggage and give you the space you need to store all of your jewelry.
Use an Over-the-door Organizer
Maximize the space inside and outside your closet with an over-the-door storage organizer for your jewelry. These types of products effectively double the possibilities for storing your jewelry. If you've got a door, you've got an extra spot for placing your jewels. However, be mindful of which door you put an organizer on, as high-traffic doors might lead to jewelry getting frequently jostled around. Also, go for an organizer that has clear pockets so you can easily see the contents and limit what you keep in the pockets to items like rings and bracelets, as opposed to necklaces that can get tangled up.
Use a Magnifier
Even the best eyes might struggle with the worst knots. Do yourself a favor and invest in a basic magnifier to help you get a clearer picture of what you’re up against. You can hold the magnifying glass with one hand while you work with the other, or you can prop it up so it rests independently to free up both of your hands. These types of magnifying glasses are common household items that you can pick up online or at a home goods store. It’ll also come in handy if you ever have to make a DIY repair to a piece of jewelry.
Light it Up
There’s no time to worry about your electric bill when your favorite necklace is on the line. Make sure you’re in a well-lit room so you can see your necklace without obstruction or shadows. A handheld light source will work fine, or better yet if you can rig it up to be hands-free. If you really want to get serious about that knot, you can get a small headlamp that gives the use of both arms while shining the light right where you need it at all times.
Get a Necklace Detangler
Your favorite multi-layered piece may turn heads when you wear it, but give you a headache when you have to detangle it. Eliminate this problem by getting a necklace clasp to help keep your multi-chain pieces in proper order. Necklace clasps These products come in a variety of sizes, and you should be able to match your necklaces to the clasp to create a seamless look.
Preserve the Untangled Sections
It can feel like the whole necklace is just one, giant tangled mess, but there’s most likely a well-behaved section or two that’s knot-free. You’ll want to take any sections like this and drape them over a door knob or other item that can keep them out of the way while you work on the knots. This will help make sure you don’t accidentally mess up the good parts of the necklace or cause new tangles as you work. Additionally, try to avoid working with the necklace on your lap so you don’t inadvertently make more knots.
Use a Jewelry Organizer
Not that you’ve successfully untangled your necklace (yay!), you’re probably wondering how you can prevent this from ever happening again. A jewelry organizer is going to be your new best friend. Ultimately, any organizer you purchase has one job: keep your jewelry stored properly. Your necklaces have a much better chance at staying tangle free if they’re neatly stored while waiting for their next star-turn. You can either keep necklaces upright or laying flat to stay knot-free. Don’t just drop them into the organizer or you could end up with a tangled mess when you go to break out your favorite piece. We’re big fans of having lots of jewelry and having lots of ways to store it, so check out some of our favorite jewelry storage tips and tricks!
Organize Your Jewelry For Better Access and Care
While it may feel like a huge undertaking, you can do it. And when you organize all your jewelry into easy-access groups, it makes picking out your pieces so much more fun. By organizing your jewelry, you’ll also ensure that it doesn’t get damaged and will last longer, getting more out of your pieces.
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