How to Properly Store Jewelry

Posted on: August 11, 2020 | by: Lighthouse Self Storage August 11, 2020

There are a variety of ways to store your jewelry, but some methods could cause damage to your pieces. To protect your jewelry, take into consideration the type, value, and material of your jewelry. Storing your jewelry properly will help avoid damage, tarnish, and loss. Before organizing your jewelry, make sure each piece is clean and dry. All jewelry is different from one another. Research the material of your jewelry and see which cleaning method is most suitable for your jewels.

Storage by Type of Jewelry

Storage solutions for antique jewelry, fine jewelry, and fashion jewelry differ from each other. It’s essential to store your jewelry by type to avoid discoloration.

Antique Jewelry

Antique jewelry includes pieces that are considered to be over one hundred years old.  Since antique pieces are fragile, valuable, and sentimental, they have to be stored with extra care. Store these delicate pieces separate from each other to avoid tangling, damage, and tarnish. To store each piece separately, we recommend using individual jewelry boxes for each piece. Avoid stacking these boxes because that could lead to damage. Rather than stacking the jewelry boxes on top of each other, use a jewelry storage tray or drawer to protect your items from damage and make your jewelry more accessible.

Fine Jewelry

Since fine jewelry is also valuable, it must be stored with extra care. While antique pieces have to be stored individually, fine jewelry could be stored with other fine pieces. Jewelry organizers are a great storage solution for fine jewelry. Storing fine jewelry away from direct sunlight is essential to protect the condition of these pieces. Since UV rays can damage diamonds and other stones, keep your jewelry away from direct sunlight and in a dark area. When using a jewelry organizer, be sure to keep diamonds away from other stones and metals, since diamonds can scratch your other jewelry pieces. It’s recommended to use velvet or cloth jewelry organizers since some types of jewelry could have a reaction to plastic and cardboard.

Fashion/Costume Jewelry

Although fashion jewelry is more inexpensive than antique and fine jewelry, it should still be treated with care. Because there’s more flexibility with storage for fashion jewelry, you can organize your jewelry with racks. If you wear fashion jewelry on a daily basis, consider storing your jewelry on racks. Storing your jewelry on racks will give you easy access to your pieces. Store your rings in jewelry dishes or ring holders.

Separate Jewelry by Material

Before organizing your jewelry, differentiate fine jewelry from costume jewelry. Then, separate the pieces by material. Certain materials and metals can interact with each other and cause discoloration to one another. Protect your jewelry by keeping silver and fine jewelry away from each other.When storing jewelry, it’s important to separate your pieces by material to avoid any damage.

Summary of Jewelry Storage Tips

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