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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jewelry Storage | Family Economics

By Cathe Holden

Whether you wear only fine jewelry, costume jewelry or mix it up with a bit of both, you know how drastically the look of your pieces can change once they begin to tarnish. Tarnished jewelry is due to many things, including oils from the skin, but happens primarily when unworn with exposure to humidity and air creating oxidation.

Many store-bought or handcrafted jewelry racks for displaying your jewelry, though attractive, allow harmful exposure of the elements to your jewelry. Fine jewelry, such as silver and gold, can be polished; however, costume jewelry quickly looses its luster and is not so easy to clean.

Rather than tucking each piece away in tiny plastic storage pouches, it’s a good idea to keep your jewelry unexposed inside small-compartmented cabinets such as large, multi-drawer jewelry box or in a non-traditional piece, such as a toolbox.

Years ago, I purchased a new, large machinist's toolbox from an online auction which I instantly transformed into my beloved jewelry box. Machinist's toolboxes are made of wood and usually beautifully finished with multiple felt-lined and divided drawers. With my desktop printer, I printed out a lovely graphic and poem written by my husband and decoupage it to the front.

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Vintage watchmaker's cabinets also make wonderful and unusual jewelry storage. Give a metal parts cabinet a fresh coat of colorful spray paint to create a vibrant and practical piece for storing your jewelry. Label your drawers with free printable labels, and line the drawers with simple craft felt or scrap fabric cut to size. Even a collection of lidded cigar boxes make great tarnish-free jewelry storage once lined.

Beautifully altered tool boxes and parts cabinets or cigar boxes are a great way to not only keep your jewelry in beautiful and new-looking condition, but they are often much less expensive than traditional large jewelry boxes and provide an excellent way to keep your pieces untangled and organized for quick selection.

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On Friday, September 16, 2011, rk wrote

Yours is exquisite as everything else of yours is! I use different sizes of card board boxes (smaller ones available at craft stores) and line it with cotton and place jewelry in them. I have many many small boxes stacked that way...it doesn't scratch and tarnish I feel. I have kept the same pieces of jewelry from many many years ago!

On Thursday, March 25, 2010, Skitzo Leezra Studio wrote

Try my helpful earring organizing tips as seen on the Skitzo Leezra Studio blog. http://skitzoleezrastudio.blogspot.com/2010/01/organize-your-earrings.html

On Thursday, March 25, 2010, Stephanie wrote

Love that old wooden chest... it's got so much more character and beauty then a "real" jewelry box. I've been searching for something like that to use instead of the multiple small boxes I've got all over the place. Thanks for the post!

On Thursday, March 25, 2010, Nella from Pa wrote

What do I like more, the beautiful box or that you made it so special by including the poem....

On Thursday, March 25, 2010, artsnark wrote

beautiful box! Perfect for storage

On Thursday, March 25, 2010, RandomCreativity wrote

Neat idea!

On Thursday, March 25, 2010, Pam from Sacramento wrote

Your box is absolutely beautiful. I occasionally spy machinist cabinets in antique stores that would be perfect for such a refit. I did something similar on a smaller scale with an old silverware box from a thrift store. After re-lining it with felt it became my necklace box. The separators keep the chains from snarling.

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