October 15, 2021 8 min read
Anyone who appreciates jewelry knows that proper jewelry storage is essential, but a busy day often ends with rings on the nightstand, necklaces on the bathroom sink, or loose earrings in a purse. The next morning is spent untangling necklaces or rummaging through pockets and drawers to find a matching earring. Simple jewelry organization not only keeps jewelry from getting lost or damaged, it also makes wearing it more convenient and fun. If you’re unsure of how to store your jewelry in an uncluttered and beautiful display, we’ve listed some of our favorite jewelry storage solutions so that adding those last-minute touches to your look doesn’t have to end in a frenzy.
When it comes to storing jewelry, it’s best to be strategic. Your jewelry should be kept in a safe, convenient, and simple display. Here are a few questions to help you create the perfect storage space.
First, lay out all of your jewelry and take inventory, and then get rid of anything you never or rarely wear that holds no sentimental value. If you prefer minimal accessories, the storage space and items you need will not be the same as someone with a large jewelry collection. Maybe you have jewelry galore and want to trim down your accessories, or perhaps you decide to expand your assortment beyond a few staple pieces. Whether you decide to pare or enhance your jewelry, picture what you’d like your collection to include and shop for storage with that in mind.
This is totally up to what works best for you, but we have some suggestions--you can choose one or multiple ways to categorize your jewelry.
After you’ve determined what jewelry you’re keeping and how you’re going to sort it, consider how often you wear each piece. You may want to store the jewelry that you only wear a few times a year or less (valuable or not), in a jewelry box rather than on a hanging display or in a trinket dish. You may not want to store jewelry you enjoy wearing frequently out of reach.
You may or may not want to display any of your jewelry visibly, but if you do, choose items that suit your decor style. These may be the pieces you wear most often, or you may choose them simply for visual appeal. If you own a lot of jewelry, pick a few favorites to highlight in your display and store the others in drawers or containers.
Once you’ve answered these questions, you’re ready to pick your favorite jewelry storage to purchase or create.
There are nearly as many jewelry storage ideas as there are styles of jewelry. You can choose to go the traditional route with a popular type of storage that has withstood the test of time, you may get creative with an out-of-the-ordinary option, or you may design your own jewelry organizer for a unique display. From tried and true to creative to DIY jewelry storage ideas, here are some of our favorites.
The jewelry box is one of the most popular jewelry organizers for a reason: you can fit so much jewelry of different types neatly into a charming package. The best jewelry boxes are both beautiful and practical with an interior full of compartments that keep your jewelry organized and protected. This walnut jewelry box with classic beauty and a secure lid lock and this mirrored, monogrammed jewelry box with numerous compartments are two timeless options.
If you’re a jewelry connoisseur and committed to creating the perfect space for each piece you own, investing in furniture like this jewelry armoire in Paulownia wood is the way to go. It has drawers, doors, and hooks and multiple compartments, as well as an extra-large mirror for the perfect last look on your way out the door.
If you’re a next-level organizer with lots of bling, devoting drawers to jewelry storage, organized with your own jewelry storage combo of tray inserts, dividers, and ring boxes will help maintain an orderly jewelry collection and your peace of mind.
If you prefer to store your jewelry out of sight but right within arm’s reach, a two-in-one full-length jewelry storage mirror allows you to reach behind your reflection and switch up your look for split-second style changes.
A jewelry storage dresser is similar to a jewelry armoire but without hooks for hanging. This sustainable and sleek jewelry dresser is perfect for small spaces and stacking jewelry trays. It includes a pop-up mirror just in case you need a quick confirmation of how great your accessories look.
Jewelry T-bars are a simple but effective jewelry organizer. A single T-bar jewelry stand makes the best type of jewelry storage for bracelets. Jewelry stands with multiple bars in varying heights are great for displaying necklaces and dangle earrings alongside your bracelets. This simple stand suits any decor style to a T.
Cutlery trays come with compartments of all sizes, which makes them great organizers for statement necklaces and dainty bracelets alike. If you have a spare cutlery tray in your kitchen, move it to the closet and, voila! It becomes a jewelry tray. For an extra layer of protection, you can add a felt lining to each compartment.
For an eclectic, vintage flair, browse your local thrift store for teacups and saucers to use for ring bowls and trinket dishes. You can stow them in drawers or set them out on a shelf or dresser for a unique jewelry display.
If you want your jewelry to make a statement even when you’re not wearing it, you can use random, unusual objects to create a whimsical display. An antique bust makes a great necklace holder, and most rings fit a hand sculpture.
Line an old cigar box with felt for a rustic, antique jewelry holder. Cigar boxes are a great size for collar necklaces. Sure, a jewelry box could be just as functional, but cigar boxes have a cool, old-timey charm if that vibe is what you’re after.
Thread organizers make great all-purpose jewelry storage. You can hang rings, bracelets, necklaces and dangle earrings from the spokes. A rotating thread organizer allows you to organize different types of jewelry on different sides and spin the display around for easy access.
If rings are your thing and you like to mix-and-match multiple pieces at a time, you need many small containers that are easy to see and sort through. Ceramic egg cartons are the perfect ring organizers. You can find them in many colors with pretty designs to match your style.
If you want to turn your jewelry into art and hang it from your wall, it’s simple. For this DIY jewelry organizer you will need a frame and something to hang your necklaces or dangle earrings from--either a sheet metal design, a cork piece, or galvanized chicken wire. Remove the glass from the frame and replace it with the material of your choosing. If you choose cork, you’ll also want to screw in hooks or knobs to hang jewelry from. Otherwise, you can hang necklaces and earrings right onto the metal or wire and hang the frame onto your wall. You can create a jewelry gallery wall with multiple frames of different sizes and add a mirror for the perfect accent to your jewelry wall.
You can also turn your art into jewelry storage. Simply poke and screw small hooks lining the bottom of the canvas and then hang your jewelry from the hooks. This is a great idea to try on thrifted art finds or cheap canvas, not heirlooms or collectibles.
Old but clean spice jars are a secure space for small jewelry, like stud earrings and rings. These DIY jewelry storage containers are easy to line in drawers with labeled lids and also look great on a display shelf.
Besides picking jewelry organizers you love, there are a few additional tips to keep in mind with jewelry storage. Jewelry is stored best in a dry climate, away from water, so not in a cabinet or on a counter in the bathroom. You’ll also want to keep your jewelry sequestered in their own sections or on individual hooks. Don’t clump jewelry together to avoid tangled necklaces and scratched metals or stones. It’s good to get in the habit of making sure your jewelry is clean before storing it. Wipe it down with a soft cloth after each wear and give it good cleaning from time-to-time. Read our six jewelry cleaning tips.
If you want to create a stunning jewelry display that could rival the window displays of Cartier, here are a few tips:
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