Once you’ve invested in a piece of fine jewelry, you’ll want to ensure that it lasts a lifetime. At Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry, our custom jewelers know that proper cleaning and storage are crucial for the preservation of your jewelry, and we want you to have all the information you need to keep your valuables in great condition for years to come.
Here’s what you should know about properly storing your jewelry.
General Jewelry Storage Tips
There are a few storage tips that apply to all jewelry, no matter the type. First, jewelry should be cleaned before you store it for any length of time. Jewelry that is tarnished can cause other jewelry to tarnish faster, and any dirt, debris, or musty smells can travel when the pieces are all stored together. A good cleaning prevents the metals and gemstones from becoming damaged or degraded and requiring jewelry repair later.
Next, jewelry should be kept in a cool, dry place where it won’t be affected by moisture or sunlight. Jewelry boxes come in all shapes and sizes and are perfect for this purpose. If you don’t have a jewelry box, you can easily make your own with a little DIY know-how.
Finally, it helps to store your jewelry by type. All necklaces, for example, should be hung from hooks or a necklace rack in order to prevent tangling. This will help you stay organized in addition to protecting your investment pieces.
How to Store Gold Jewelry
Gold is a soft metal, which means it can be easily scratched if tossed together with other jewelry. Store each piece of gold jewelry in its own fabric pouch or separate each one with soft cloths in order to prevent accidental scratching.
How to Store Silver Jewelry
As you may know, silver jewelry tarnishes easily. When storing your silver jewelry, you want to make sure it stays pristine for future use. To prevent tarnishing, clean your silver jewelry and store it in a tarnish-proof cloth, then keep it in a drawer or other location where it won’t be exposed to the air.
How to Store Gemstone Jewelry
Gemstone jewelry should be stored individually so the stones do not get scratched and don’t scratch any of your other jewelry. Diamonds in particular are the hardest gemstone on the market, so they might scratch gems that are otherwise considered sturdy. Sunlight can fade the color of many gemstones, so it’s extra important to store these pieces out of the sun, as well.