When you invest in precious jewelry, it helps to know how to care for, organize and store them. Jewelry organization depends on the metal, type of jewelry (earrings, necklaces or rings) and type of gem. Instead of just placing them in pouches and tucking them away for later use, here are some fun ways to organize, store and care for your jewelry.
ORGANIZING & STORING JEWELRY
Instead of just storing your jewelry in the boxes they came in, you can display them (so you can dote even more) making it easy for you to know what you have. This way, no piece of jewelry goes unworn or is forgotten. Some tips before you start organizing:
- Take inventory: Get a good inventory of your jewelry, inclusive of costume jewelry. This catalog can help you decide on an organization method that works best for you because you’ll know exactly how much of each object you have.
- Isolate goods. Find any broken or missing pieces? Separate those that need to be repaired from jewelry in good condition. Also, when organizing, each piece should have one spot because soft metals and stones can become damaged if they rub against other jewelry pieces.
TIP: Do not hang quality necklaces or bracelets. This can cause them to stretch and break.
- Group types and sets together. Store matching sets together to save time when looking for a particular piece. Also store the same type of pieces together—this makes relocating your jewelry much easier.
- Store in shape it’s worn. Storing jewelry in the shape it is work will help reduce strain and prolong its lifespan.
When it comes to organization hacks, you can use a silverware organizer and tuck it away in a safe place in your closet or against a wall. You can even nail some Plexiglas to the front to protect your jewelry while still keeping them visible. For more security, you can keep your jewelry better disguised in a floor mirror to serve as a double function (mirror and jewelry organizer).
Adding shelves into your closet design can also help protect your jewelry while keeping it visible. Consider compartmentalizing your cabinets to fit specific objects like belts, watches, necklaces, sunglasses, rings, bracelets and more. Adding a small island in your closet works just as well!
CARING FOR JEWELRY
Now that you have an idea of how to store your jewelry, let’s take a look at how to care for some common metal types:
Protect your gold jewelry by storing it safely in a jewelry box or keeping it wrapped in a soft cloth when not being worn. You can use a cleaning solution of sudsy, lukewarm water, or bring it to your local jeweler and have it professionally steam-cleaned. After cleaning and rinsing, always dry and polish jewelry with a soft cloth to avoid scratches and bring out its shine.
Keep silver jewelry together to avoid tarnishing and cover it with a protective flap. This flap will help keep oxygen away from the pieces. There are many solutions with which you can clean your sterling silver jewelry, but the simplest way is to enclose it in a cloth of warm water or dish soap. Let it soak then rub and wipe it down before letting it air dry.
Platinum is a durable metal but still needs to be cared for. Use a pre-packaged jewelry cleaner or soak it in a mild solution of soap and warm water. Then gently rub it with a soft cloth. Platinum jewelry that is set with gemstones should be cleaned professionally every six months.
Organizing and caring for your jewelry will help it last a lifetime, maybe even generations. Treat each piece like a family heirloom because someday it might be!