Jewelry is often the finishing touch to any fashion ensemble and can pull the entire look together. The right pieces will even quickly dress up a daytime work outfit for evening use. The problem is that most jewelry is small, delicate, easily lost and can be tangled or damaged if not stored properly. Try these tips to get your jewelry organized and protected so that you will be able to enjoy many years of use from each piece.
For best results, first divide your jewelry into three categories:
The pieces you wear everyday
Use a combination of different jewelry organizers to store the different types of pieces including stands or containers for your dresser or usual place where you get ready in the morning, drawer organizers/dividers specifically designed for jewelry — possibly in conjuction with a drawer lock, hanging organizers for necklaces and a traditional jewelry box. Precious pieces should be wrapped indidually.
It's a good idea to keep your everyday pieces easily accessible in the area where you normally get dressed. This might be an elaborate dressing room style closet or just your bedroom dresser with a mirror above it. Countertop storage pieces work well for this category of jewelry and there are many attractive options on the market. Just make sure that you keep the number of containers to the minimum necessary and only use them for the things you wear daily in order to minimize clutter:
Ring stand for the countertop or dresser: A ring stand is generally a shallow bowl shaped stand with a vertical post in the center. Everyday rings are stored on the center post, while the lip of the stand can be used for other small pieces like earings.
Traditional jewelry box: Locate an attractive box or other container onto your dresser or countertop that you can drop your everyday jewelry into at the end of the day. This will keep it clean and safe until the next wearing, eliminating the chance of it getting lost.
Necklaces that are relatively inexpensive or costume jewelry pieces benefit from some type of hanging organizer as well as hidden drawer storage through the use of drawer organizers specifically designed for jewelry:
Necklace hanger: Hanging your necklaces will keep them tangle free and ready for use. There are several on the market including freestanding countertop versions, wall mount and pull-out necklace holders that install in your closet. The pull-out necklace hangers for the closet are especially good for organizing a lot of pieces that are not worn every day, as they keep the dresser or countertop free from unneccessary clutter. They also work well for many bracelets.
Jewelry drawer organizers: This category includes velvet drawer liners and drawer dividers designed specifically for jewelry, eye glasses or watches. The dividers are usually made of clear acrylic, wood ot velvet coverd molded plastic. The velvet liner on the bottom has just enough grip to keep pieces from jostling around when the drawer is opened or closed. It also protects the jewelry from scratches. The drawer dividers further protect the pieces, ideally by offering a separate section for each piece, and keep them from getting jumbled and scratched.
When it comes to storing valuable jewelry, the storage requirements will be different depending on what the piece is made of:
Diamonds need to be stored separately in a divided container, drawer or box because they are so hard that they will scratch other pieces.*
Pearls are soft and scratch easily. Protect them from damage in a tightly sealed fabric/velvet bag that is kept out of direct sunlight to prevent them from turning yellow.*
Precious and semi-precious gems are often your softer stones. Wrap each piece in an individual bag. Protect the jewelry from extreme temperatures in order to ensure the long-term beauty of your gems.*
Gold and silver are easily tarnished and scratched, requiring special care. Tarnishing can be prevented by limiting exposure to moisture and storing pieces in a bag or container that can breathe. Silica gel, white chalk or charcoal will further decrease damage from moisture. Avoid scratches by storing each piece separately.*
Only use high quality, velvet lined or soft cloth storage for your expensive pieces and heirloom quality jewelry. This will offer the most protection. The jewelry should be kept out of direct sunlight and each piece should be wrapped individually or placed in it's own protective compartment. Some type of security is often desirable as well.
Locking jewelry drawer organizers: Often the same type of drawer dividers used for your costume jewelry can be repeated for your more expensive pieces, as long as each piece is individually wrapped or in a cloth bag according to type as explained above. It is advisable, however, to include some type of lock on the jewelry drawer. There are different types on the market, but they generally fall into the category of traditional keyed locks or invisible stealth locks that include a remote control with keypad. They unlock the drawers after typing in a secret password/number.
Locking cabinet: Any storage cabinet can be out fitted with a locking door. This is convenient for those who prefer to display elegant necklaces on a velvet covered bust.
Velvet lined box or pouch for each item housed in a safe or vault: This solution offers the best security for truly pricey jewelry or even less expensive pieces with strong sentimental value. The safe can be a unit installed within the owners home for convenience. Many models of home safe are available. They run the gammut from a small closet safe or office safe to full blow "safe rooms" that are meant for more than just storage.