If you own fine pieces of jewelry, proper storage is absolutely vital to the care and upkeep of these precious items. When a nice piece of jewelry is improperly stored, it may get damaged and its value may drop significantly.
How to Store Fine Jewelry
The first step to protecting and storing fine jewelry is to find the perfect jewelry box. Ideally, jewelry should be kept in its original packaging. When that is not possible, a jewelry box that is similar to the box it came in should work fine. A solid wood box, for example, that has a felt, satin, or velvet interior can work well with precious items. Choosing the wrong box with a hard interior can result in damaged gemstones, scratched settings, and tangled chains.
Lock It Up
Once you know that your jewelry is protected, you might want to consider securing it. Many owners of fine jewelry purchase safes for their home. Safes made specifically for jewelry often have separate compartments with soft cloth for rings, necklaces, and bracelets.
Storing jewelry can become more complicated if you travel a lot. There may be some items in your possession that you do not feel comfortable with leaving at home. If there are pieces you don’t feel safe being away from, you should consider using zip-lock bags. Zip-lock bags can keep items together and they can be easily placed between soft pieces of clothes for protection.
Cleaning Your Jewelry
An important part of caring for your jewelry is making sure it is clean. Many pieces of jewelry should be cleaned after every use. It is advisable to wipe jewelry clean with a soft cloth to remove sweat and dirt. Sterling silver should be cleaned with a silver glaze every six months or so. Gold should be cleaned with a jeweler’s rouge. Make sure you research what types of cleaning products are right because getting silver glaze on your gemstones or pearls can adversely affect their quality.
Additional Storing Tips
It is also advisable to store different types of jewelry separately, to keep your jewelry in a dry place, to hang necklaces to prevent tangling, and to keep jewelry from excessive heat. You should also avoid keeping silver, gold, pearls, and diamonds in the same space.
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