How to Store Your Jewellery
Storing your jewellery properly is important for a number of reasons but not everyone knows what’s needed to keep your piece in top condition. If you don’t store your jewellery correctly you could notice that it tarnishes quickly and that’s not to mention the frustration of untangling a myriad of necklaces in a hurry.
From jewellery organisers and ring dishes to hanging jewellery hooks, there’s an abundance of ways to keep your favourite gold, silver, fine and costume jewellery organised, safe and tarnish-free.
In this blog post, Hatton Jewellers share top tips on how to keep your jewellery clean so it doesn't tarnish, as well as suggesting stylish storage ideas.
Which Pieces Of Jewellery Are Most Important To Store Properly?
Whilst all jewellery is important to look after, there may be some pieces in your collection which require extra special attention. If you have a bunch of hard-wearing pieces which spend more time on you than in a dish, consider keeping them in an easy-access storage place, whilst choosing somewhere a little more protective for your more special pieces.
These are some of the pieces you should take extra care of…
Gold Jewellery You’ve Invested In
If you’ve invested in a piece of solid gold jewellery that you plan to sell further down the line, or pass down through your family so that they can sell it in future, it’s important to keep it in top condition. Any damage or tarnishing that the piece endures over the year can knock £££ off the potential figure you could get for it in future. Storing it properly and taking good care of the piece will ensure you can get the best price possible for it when the time comes.
Jewellery with sentimental value is truly one of a kind and will always hold a special place in your heart for reasons other jewellery simply will not. For this reason, it’s important to properly look after the piece to ensure it remains looking its best for years to come, preserving its emotional value to you.
Precious Gemstone Jewellery
If your jewellery piece features precious gemstones, such as pearls, you need to be especially careful when storing the piece. Improper storage can easily damage the gemstone jewellery and it’s best to avoid chucking it in with your day-to-day pieces as the lack of protection can easily lead to damage.
Five Tips To Store Your Gold Jewellery So It Doesn’t Tarnish
When investing in a stunning piece of jewellery you want to ensure that it can withstand the test of time. The best way to do this is to look after it in every possible way you know how and when you’re not accessorising with the piece, you need to store it correctly.
There are many different ways that a piece of jewellery can become tarnished, so it’s crucial that you know what the catalysts are and how to avoid them.
1. Separate Your Jewellery By The Metals
This is key to ensuring your jewellery doesn’t tarnish or get damaged by different types of metals. Make a few piles that separate your gold, silver, fine and costume jewellery, as these should always be kept separate. Separating your delicate, favourite pieces will prevent metals from tarnishing and interacting with each other - making sure your precious pieces stay with you forever.
2. Make Sure It’s Clean And Dry
When planning to store your jewellery, you should always check that it’s clean and dry, as any dirt or moisture can cause the metal to tarnish and even rust - something nobody wants! If you know that your jewellery won’t be worn again for more than a week, we highly recommend you give them a deep clean before placing them in storage.
No matter what the type of jewellery, storing it when it's dirty can cause premature issues or even tarnish other pieces that it’s stored with. Taking good care of your jewellery is key to a gleaming collection!
3. Seek Lower Humidity Levels
Tarnishing is bound to speed up when your jewellery is placed in a high-humidity location. During the summer months it’s wise to consider running air conditioning or a dehumidifier in the room the jewellery is stored in, helping ensure that the humidity isn't so high that it damages your favourite pieces.
You should never place your jewellery above radiators or any other heat source, as a consistent temperature is best for helping jewellery to stand the best of time. Keep your jewellery boxes inside cupboards or hang jewellery racks on the inside of wardrobe doors, thus protecting your jewellery from any temperature changes within your room.
4. Insure Your Expensive Pieces
When it comes to expensive, fabulous pieces, whether it's gold rings or delicate silver chains, the last thing anyone wants is for them to get damaged or even lost. You should always protect your jewellery when you have an extensive collection - it’s better to be safe than sorry!
When you first purchase your jewellery, take photos and collect serial numbers so that each piece within your collection can be insured and therefore you won't have to panic if anything bad were to happen.
5. Avoid Plastic Bags
Although plastic bags may seem like asolution for keeping your jewellery together, it’s not the best option for storage. We recommend avoiding plastic bags for jewellery storage as they can easily trap moisture inside which can tarnish your jewellery over time. Similarly, some plastic bags can contain harmful chemicals which can damage precious gems and metals which have been used to craft your beautiful jewellery pieces.
Four Ways To Store Your Jewellery
There are many reasons why you need to store your jewellery properly, from keeping it tangle-free to preventing tarnishing. But finding a way of storing your jewellery which makes it easily accessible, well-organised and protected can be a tricky task.
Here’s a few ways which we think could work for you…
Ring Holders & Trinket Dishes
Small trinket dishes and ring holders are designed to store little pieces within your jewellery collection, such as stud earrings and dainty rings. You can add small ring dishes to your dressing tables or any little spaces within your room - they’re available in a range of styles, colours and patterns, so you can ensure they match the aesthetics of your room.
You should place your most-worn pieces in your trinket dishes, meaning you have your go-to jewellery close by and ready to wear each and every day. They are perfect if you have a large collection of delicate, dainty jewellery that you want to keep a close eye on.
Don’t want them to collect dust? Opt for a trinket box with a lid!
Stylish Jewellery Boxes
Multiple drawers, a range of sizes and a variety of colours - jewellery boxes are extremely functional and can be made to fit any room. From fabric-covered and sleek acrylic designs to sophisticated glass boxes, jewellery boxes can be displayed on any tabletop or even stored away out of sight. You can organise them in any way to suit you, with sections for rings, necklaces and more, meaning they will keep everything safe and neatly organised so you don’t have to rummage around looking for your everyday pieces.
Jewellery boxes not only keep everything organised, they also protect your jewellery from damage, keep them away from dirt and dust, are easily accessible, and reduce the risk of losing your favourite items.
A Jewellery Stand
Be bold and display your jewellery in everyone's sight. Jewellery stands are available with multiple bars set at different heights; they can be free-standing or wall-hung and come in a range of colours and sizes - every style to fit every room. They are ideal for hanging longer bracelets and necklaces, making it easier to organise them, stopping them from getting tangled and helping to prevent long chains from touching surfaces and tarnishing.
Made in a range of materials, such as marble, metal, acrylic and more, a decorative, stylish jewellery stand will add another chic element to your dressing table. Keeping your necklaces hanging vertically will not only make them easier to grab whilst you get ready each morning, but you can also avoid the stress of trying to untangle them!
Travel-Ready Mini Jewellery Box
Whether you're taking your whole wardrobe or travelling light with a small bag or cabin case, travel jewellery boxes will ensure your jewellery travels in style and safely. Travel jewellery boxes will keep all your special pieces stored in one place, whilst protecting them from damage.
Make space in your suitcase for a mini, small or even large jewellery box that fastens, meaning you won't risk losing your jewellery within all your clothes. With soft fabric linings, places to store rings and stud earrings, hooks for necklaces, multiple compartments and even places for hair accessories, jewellery boxes should be a must-have when travelling the world.
Stunning Pieces At Hatton Jewellers
At Hatton Jewellers, we aim to stock a wide variety of different styles of pieces to ensure our customers have the best possible choice and as one of the UK's most trusted jewellers, we make sure every piece of solid gold jewellery features an official UK hallmark stamp and comes with a certificate of authenticity. We put our customers first and by holding ourselves to these high standards, we’re able to provide an excellent experience for our customers.