There are many ways to store your jewelry but did you know that some of them are actually harmful? It is dependent on a few factors like the materials used, the type of jewelry, and how much the jewelry is worth which is the best way to store jewelry. How you store jewelry is a personal choice in some cases. There are some tips you should consider to protect your jewelry regardless of your preferences. Keep your jewelry dry and clean when in doubt. Follow all these basic steps to ensure you don’t inadvertently ruin your jewelry or cause premature damage.
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Separate jewelry by metal
Firstly, an inventory of your jewelry should be done. Make a few piles that divide costume jewelry, fine jewelry, and silver jewelry. You should keep silver jewelry away from fine jewelry, and you should keep costume jewelry away from silver. When they interact with one another this separation helps prevent the metals from tarnishing.
Make sure jewelry is clean and dry
Make sure that it is clean and dry before any jewelry is store. For example, be sure to dry it off before putting it back, if you wore a silver necklace in a rainstorm.
It is advisable to removing tarnish from jewelry that will be in storage for more than a week. A prolonged period (no matter what type of jewelry) can cause issues with premature and excessive tarnishing while storing dirty jewelry. Also, jewelry can cause both pieces to tarnish faster while storing tarnished jewelry with untarnished jewelry.
Using the following method most jewelry can be cleaned:
- Mix a few drops of mild dish detergent with some lukewarm water.
- Saturate the jewelry briefly in the solution.
- To buff away and dirt and debris use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Pat jewelry dry with a lint-free cloth.
- Remove tarnish with a silver polishing cloth.
Lower humidity levels and maintain a consistent temperature
The tarnishing process on jewelry can speed up as high humidity is the main culprit. You might notice that your jewelry tarnishes faster in the summer months if you live in a humid climate. Consider running a dehumidifier or an air conditioner in the room that your jewelry is stored. For your jewelry box to absorb excess moisture you could also buy silica packets.
Next, find a place in your home with a consistent temperature. For example, don’t place your jewelry rack right above a heat vent. The more consistent the temperature, the better it is. On the inside of a closet door, you can also hang a jewelry rack.
Store delicate jewelry in a dark, dry location
- Silver jewelry does wonders when it’s stored in a jewelry box lined with felt. It can help to absorb excess moisture and prevent premature tarnishing. You will have to remember what you have and make a conscious choice to wear it, in this case. Silver jewelry will require regular polishing at least twice a year to remove tarnish, in this case. It can also cause damage so don’t over polish silver jewelry
- Fine jewelry should be placed in a secure location so that it’s less susceptible to theft. It is also important to store fine jewelry away from direct sunlight because some stones can become damaged by prolonged exposure to UV light. Not all fine jewelry needs to be put away. Find a place on your dresser or nightstand where you can keep jewelry you wear every day like your engagement ring or diamond studs.
Fine jewelry storage tips:
- Store your fine jewelry in such a way that the pieces do not touch each other. Diamonds are capable of scratching other metals and stones.
- Keep pearls inside of a wooden box that has a felt lining. Never store pearls inside a plastic bag or box because plastic can interact with the pearls and cause them to damage.
- Keep fine jewelry inside a safe or some other inconspicuous place
Store baubles you often wear in plain sight
Costume jewelry is normally safe to keep out in the open, so you can store these pieces on a jewelry display stand. When you’re getting ready for work it is unlikely, you’ll want to dig through a jewelry box in the morning.
However, apply the same rules as you would fine jewelry if you want to store costume jewelry for a more extended period. To maintain low humidity and consistent temperature, keep this jewelry from touching inside the jewelry box.
In short, keep your jewelry dry. Moisture is the basic factor that speeds up the process of tarnishing. Store separately the different type of jewelry. Make sure that the jewelry is not touching the inside of your jewelry box. If you keep your jewelry out in the open and notice that it tarnishes quickly, lower the relative humidity of the room.
However, to keep them safe and secure you can always put them in a self-storage unit.