I recently saw a reader threadjack on how to store jewelry and thought, OH, I have opinions on this — and a ton of products I’ve bought from Container Store and Amazon, all of which I’m pretty happy with. It’s been years since we talked about jewelry organization, so I thought it might be a fun topic for today.
Ladies, what do you use to store jewelry? What are the jewelry storage systems that are working for you in that they’re neat, you can find what you want when you want it, and you can easily access your entire collection? What are the jewelry storage systems you’re still hunting for?
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TLDR: Here are my favorite tools to store jewelry!
1. How to Store Jewelry: The Hidden Drawer
For me, the main collection of earrings and rings I wear regularly is in a hidden jewelry drawer in my mule chest — in fact, part of the reason we opted for a mule chest instead of a dresser was that the only thing I’d used a dresser for in the past was collecting jewelry. Ours was custom made in Amish Country near where I grew up in Ohio (Homestead!), but the above image (Ashley dresser, $680 on sale) is similar. (Mine has more compartments.)
2. How to Store Your Necklaces
I have a multi-pronged solution to this because, well, I am crazy.
The first thing I use and love are these acrylic hooks, which I’ve mounted to the wall in a variety of places, currently behind the door to my closet. For years and years, I had two of them, but I recently increased my collection to four.
The vast majority of my necklaces are 16″–18,” with the exception of a few opera-length ones at 36″ or so — so this works for me. The few long pendants I have that are probably around 26″ are just hung on the bottom hooks.
They’re $10.99 at the Container Store.
This necklace organizer was an Amazon purchase years ago. I actually have two of them; the front side has three rows to accommodate shorter necklaces and bracelets; the back (pictured here) is good for bigger necklaces. The necklaces are held in place by velcro loops. This is where I store all of my statement necklaces, chunkier necklaces, and my general “not every day” necklaces.
It’s $22.99 at Amazon.
This was a recent purchase — I have a bunch of silver jewelry that isn’t quite everyday jewelry, so I had been storing it in this odd bag I got with a Jill Platner purchase years ago. (Like a very thick Ziplock but for silver storage — I bought these similar anti-tarnish bags a while ago but never managed to work them into my system.) It wasn’t very large but I kept shoving stuff in there. After a while, I forgot what I had, couldn’t see it, etc.
I did some hunting and found this hanging organizer that uses silver cloth and zippers to store silver jewelry — and voilà, I can see my collection again! I’ve only had it about six months, but no complaints yet.
I thought I got it at the Container Store but am not seeing it there right now — you can also get it at Amazon for $49.
3. How to Store Earrings and Rings
Like I said, my main way of storing these is in my hidden dresser drawer — but the other system I’ve used for years are these compartmentalized boxes:
The pictured ones above are acrylic from The Container Store (12 compartments, $9.99), but I also have some velvet-backed options from Amazon, kind of like what you’d see at a flea market. They’re not my favorite but they are stackable.
For some reason I just prefer clear ones. (The ones I have are actually a milky white plastic, kind of like these $7 boxes from Walmart — instead of having one hinged top, each compartment’s top opens individually, so I just hold it up to the light, look underneath it, and see what I want.)
4. How to Store Bracelets
I really don’t have a ton of bracelets — I hate clanking — but I store most of mine on nice little display stands. The one I have (pictured) is $17.99. (Clearly I need to increase my collection of diamond bracelets (kidding).)
Container Store also has some similar options in acrylic for $14.99–$19.99.
5. How to Store Brooches, Hair Accessories, and Others
Finally, I have two of these pocket-hanging things. Over the years I’ve used them for earrings, brooches, very delicate small necklaces wrapped around business cards, large rings and earrings that won’t fit in my other systems, nice hair accessories (like this reader favorite clip), and more.
The front side (pictured) has lots of little small compartments; the back has slightly larger ones. It’s $12.99 at Amazon.
Readers, how do you store jewelry? What systems work best for you — and what are you still hunting for? (How often do you go into your “archives” to refresh your daily collection?)
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I have an old-fashioned jewelry box for earrings, bracelets, and my one brooch.
Great post! I recommend these latching anti-tarnish divided boxes from Container Store for pendants, earrings, rings, etc.:
(Sorry but I don’t know how to do a live link on this site.)
For bracelets that don’t fit in the divided cases I use these stackable small anti-tarnish bracelet “jars”:
I keep the jewelry cardboard boxes they usually give you at the stores (Dillards, Macys, TJMaxx, etc), and store them that way in the top drawer of my dresser. For the jewelry i use frequently, i place the lids of the boxes under so that they are open, and stack them or lay them next to one another in same drawer. I have another drawer where I throw (!) in those that come in their pouches. I love cuffs and for those, I have rolled an old t-shirt tight, then slide the cuffs on. The soft rigidity of the t-shirt helps those metal cuffs that can break hold their forms but won’t get scratched. I store them in the drawer with the jewelry in pouches and when it is time to travel, i take another old t-shirt, roll the t-shirt with the cuffs on them in that second t-shirt to protect the cuffs’ surfaces, and fini!
I have something pretty much exactly like this inside a closet door (the right-hand part). I love it, especially, the little nooks and crannies below the hooks.
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I asked a question about jewlery recently and I found the responses there and here very helpful! I have a pax organizer drawer out of wood where I place silk scarves and on top of the scarves display and store the more often worn silver and some costume pieces. After inheriting jewlery from my aunt that I don’t wear as often, and having some pieces fixed and altered (gold broches turned to necklaces), I felt overwhelmed and not sure how to prioritize what I wore often, and what I wear everyday. A reader helped me by suggesting a few boxes, so I am on the lookout for a small box (I have some little dishes for the most worn jewlery currently) for my more worn pieces. I will likely order the stacking trays for the jewlery I inherited that I don’t wear as often (I’m looking for a stacking set that has lid!) I plan to keep it in a dresser. I have some beautiful pieces my dad bought my mom at a an auction in boxes, and in a fabric pouch in my dresser. Thank you to the reader who suggested more than one box to distinguish between the various levels of jewlery!
I meant to say jewlery that I wear less often vs. more often!
That was me! glad it was helpful!! :)
Thank you:). I’m on the hunt for jewellery organizers and Im hopefully having a brooch turned into a pendant soon!
Wow. I don’t have nearly enough jewelry to need any of these things! I have one necklace tree and everything else sits in a ceramic bowl I bought at a friend’s show. I never realized I was quite so jewelry-deficient…
what a timely post for me! I was just trying to figure out how to reorganize my jewelry. I don’t wear a lot, but I like bright colors and pieces that “pull together” an outfit, so being able to find everything and see it is important, but also I want my cats to stop using my necklaces as fun toys.
My wife wears mostly long necklaces, and she has a series of small s-hooks she uses to hang them off of a hanger in our closet. Works great for her, and is cat-proof, being in the closet. :)
My favorite jewelry organizing tip is that small fishing tackle boxes are the absolute best for traveling. I wear gauged earrings, so mine are mostly wood and bone, but the silver anti-tarnish container from the container store looks quite similar. However, the best thing about an actual tackle box is that they don’t open very easily. I have one that is double-sided and holds most of my earrings, and I’ve dropped it on the floor of my hotel bathroom multiple times — nothing has ever popped open and spilled all my earrings!
Side-note on the jewelry– I’ve got a set of pearl stud earrings that are beautiful and a lovely gift from my parents, but that I don’t wear. Anyone had pearls reset in other jewelry? I was thinking perhaps a necklace and a ring, or both on a necklace flanking another.
I’d be careful of putting pearls into rings – they’re fairy fragile and very susceptible to household chemicals (cleaners, soaps, lotions, etc). No reason why you can’t do it, but you’d want to get into the habit of taking it off. Definitely not a set it and forget it piece of jewelry!