The Keys to Jewelry Storage
If you are a returning visitor to the blog or a past client of ours, then it is very likely that you have a few wonderful pieces of jewelry in your possession. While wedding bands are almost always worn, necklaces, earrings and other pieces need to be stored somewhere when not in use. Proper jewelry storage involves a few things to be aware of. In this blog, we are going to lay out some of the considerations to make when it comes to storing your precious possessions.
If you want your jewelry to last as long as it should, and stay in good condition throughout its life, you need to practice proper jewelry storage.
Jewelry Storage Considerations
Jewelry should be stored in a clean, dry place. Often when you purchase a piece, it will come with a pouch, box, or case that is made specifically to store that piece. Softer metals should be paired with soft fabrics to avoid scratches. A jewelry case or box should have a soft fabric lining for instance. Pieces should be organized by type and needs of safe storage. Here are some tips.
Gold is a soft metal and can be scratched or damaged by other pieces. The hard gemstones of rings, necklaces, etc. can leave lasting marks on the gold. As such, gold pieces should be stored on their own in soft cloth bags (or the original boxes they came in of course).
Storing silver is a much more intricate process than gold. Silver needs to be kept 100% dry, in a tarnish-proof container or cloth, and away from any exposure to air. Make sure that your silver doesn’t come into contact with any items made from rubber as the sulfur inside it can tarnish.
Diamonds are the hardest substance on the planet so you might think you don’t need to worry about them… and you’re kind of right! But, being nearly indestructible has given diamonds an ability to scratch up everything else you might treasure. Diamond pieces should be stored in their own soft cloth pouch, separate from the other pieces.
Now, if you wear certain pieces every day, it can be much more convenient to keep them on hand and easy to find. For these, you can get a basic tray or a ring cone, or any other organizational tool you prefer. The important thing here is just to make sure that whatever jewelry storage solution you choose keeps the pieces from damaging each other.
Jewelry Storage for Security
Everything we have gone over so far is specifically about keeping your jewelry pieces from being damaged. Obviously, another concern is theft. We’re not going to go into too much detail here but there are two things you should know to have peace of mind when it comes to jewelry security.
You can store your jewelry boxes, cases or pouches in safer containers if you are at all afraid of theft. Safes, chests, fireproof cases. Whatever you choose to use, locking them up tight and out of sight is a huge deterrent to theft.
Insuring your jewelry can go a long way to keeping your worries at bay. While most pieces possess a massive amount of sentimental value, we can’t forget that these treasures are made of precious metals and stones and do have a value, one that can be incredibly costly to need to replace! Insuring them, and keeping an up to date inventory of the pieces you keep in storage should go a long way in case the worst happens.
With that, you should have a much better idea of what jewelry storage entails, whether for safekeeping and security purposes or just to avoid basic damage.
If you’re looking to add a new piece to the collection or replace a lost item, make an appointment with us today!