Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

How To Safely And Securely Store Valuable Jewelry

by Tammy May

Jewelry organizers are protective containers for precious and semi-precious jewelry that keep jewelry from being scratched or getting tarnished while being stored in drawers and jewelry cases. These organizers come in many sizes and shapes to accommodate the various lengths and thicknesses of valuable jewelry. One common feature of all of these containers is the fabric-covered foam padding inside of each case. Another feature is that each piece of jewelry is secured within their individual holding case by a fabric-covered tab to keep it  separate other pieces of jewelry. If you own valuable jewelry, it is best to store it in padded jewelry organizers. Here are some of the jewelry organizers and other protections and jewelry tray inserts that are available when you store your jewelry: 

Jewelry Organizers

  • Jewelry Folders - These padded folders securely hold one necklace with two tabs at one edge and a full cover to prevent any part of the necklace from coming in contact with another part. The necklace clasp is secured on the reverse side of the folder with another tab. 
  • Bracelet Bars - Round bars the size of a human wrist are inserted into padded boxes to hold 6 - 10 bracelets, wrist cuffs, and bangles. To remove a bracelet, the round bar is lifted out of the box and the bracelet is released from the back of the bar. 
  • Ring Trays - These trays contain padded ring boxes that sit side-by-side to hold individual rings with and without gemstones. Each ring fits into a slot in the back of the ring box and extends to the reverse side where a covered dowel slips through the back of a row of rings to secure them in place in their individual boxes. When the dowel is removed, the rings are released.   
  • Chain Rolls - Each fabric chain roll holds 10 - 12 precious metal chains or gemstone bead necklaces that are secured with a tab at one end. The fabric chain roll is then rolled and secured with velcro ties.  
  • Necklace Trays - Each necklace tray is filled with a foam insert pad to hold bead and pendant necklaces. These trays are secured with velcro tabs when stacked together so that the bottom of one tray protects the jewelry contained in the tray underneath. 
  • Earring Trays - These flat trays hold 20- 24 separate earring cards that snap into individual wells in the tray and hold one pair of earrings. The earrings can be studs, hoops, or dangles and each pair is separated from touching each other and the pair of earrings next to it. 

Other Jewelry Protections

  • Tarnish Prevention - Jewelry organizers for storing sterling silver jewelry are treated with a non-toxic, anti-tarnish liquid that will keep the silver free from oxidation. Sterling silver jewelry in untreated containers can be safely stored with non-abrasive, anti-tarnish strips and cards that sit behind the jewelry and keep the pieces free from tarnish. 
  • Jewelry Gloves - Cotton jewelry-handling gloves are a wise option when handling valuable jewelry. Not only do cotton gloves keep valuable jewelry from being scratched, but they keep fingerprints from forming on high-polished metal surfaces. 
  • Plastic Jewelry Bags - When jewelry pieces are placed together in containers without being secured, they should be stored in high-quality, 2-mil plastic jewelry bags. These zip-lock bags are made from biodegradable plastic that breaks down naturally when discarded. 

Storing your valuable jewelry safely and securely can assure that it will be beautiful and ready to wear when needed. Jewelry bars, boxes, trays, folders, gloves, bags, and anti-tarnish liquid can be purchased at any jewelry supply house and will last for many years. These containers and supplies are an important investment for valuable jewelry. 


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Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

Ever since I was a child, I've loved the look of fashion earrings. However, I soon discovered that my ears are sensitive to metal-coated earrings. Rather than spend a small fortune for custom made jewelry, I've found retailers that sell hypoallergenic earrings. These earrings are made for individuals such as myself with sensitivity to metals. Check your high-end department stores or local jeweler. You'll find hypoallergenic earrings in sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold, and platinum. The main thing is to never choose jewelry containing nickle, as this is commonly the culprit. A good alternative to metals listed above is titanium jewelry, as this is considered to be hypoallergenic. Also, avoid using harsh detergents or chemicals to clean your earrings and jewelry, as this may cause further irritation. Mild dish soap may work well, but be sure to rinse your jewelry thoroughly.