Jewelry Storage: The Flat Approach & How It Can Fall Flat

‘Tis spring, and that means it’s time for a bit of spring cleaning. Several publications have chosen this time of year to provide tips on jewelry storage. There are a number of appropriate ways in which to store jewelry, of course. These articles literally take a flat approach to jewelry storage.

The March 2012 issue of InStyle  provides this “Genius Tip”: “Use attractive serving trays for necklaces, brooches, and other baubles. Store them on shelves so you can pull them out easily.”

While the gist of the advice is sound, the photo illustrating the tip demonstrates the risk with the flat storage approach: Trays get filled up, and soon pieces are jumbled next to and on top of one another. The less jostling, of course, the less potential for damage, but laying chunky chains on top of delicate stone-studded pieces cannot be good for the latter. The solution: break down those large spaces into smaller spaces sized to accommodate specific items. Use soft cloth or cotton (cotton makeup-remover pads from the drug store work fine) to separate each item from the others that share its storage space. The divide-and-conquer approach is illustrated in two current magazines:

The April 2012 issue of Lucky contains a feature entitled “How To: Organize Your Stuff” that includes several storage suggestions for jewelry. “Display your most-worn pieces (and stash the rest!)” suggests the magazine. The illustration lower left shows a drawer fitted with a cutlery organizer, into which jewelry is distributed. Lucky comments: “Those long compartments are ideal for storing the necklaces and bracelets you only wear occasionally.” The photo depicts a well-organized collection.

For the items on display, Lucky recommends composing “a dreamy, romantic vanity” with a display of necklaces dangling from ornate hooks or clear pushpins. Be selective about jewelry to be hung from hooks or pins:  the lighter the piece, the better. Suspending pearls from a hook can stretch out the silk on which they are strung. So too, materials on which beads are strung can stretch out when hung. One exception: Necklaces built upon metal chain. In this case the supporting chain may not be affected, but be cautious that the clasp, if there is one, can handle the weight of the necklace pulling down from the single pressure point of a hook. For heavy necklaces, the flat approach to storage is ideal.

The March 2012 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine  has the theme “De-Clutter Your Life.” Among the many tips, are this one provided by Adam Glassman to Gayle King for her baubles, bangles and beads: “If, like Gayle, you love to accessorize, your jewelry needs to be kept visible. Expandable plastic makeup holders from the Container Store are an inexpensive solution.”

Although the picture is small and cropped so that it can be difficult to see the recommended configuration, the photo, taken from above, shows a set of three drawers fitted with the makeup holders, each containing jewelry. It appears that this is truly a case of “a place for everything, and everything in its place” – a static, excellent solution for storing jewelry flat.

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  1. My favorite jewelry organizers are called Jewelry Stax made by Neatnix ( There are several different styles of these stacking trays for jewelry storage. Within each tray are padded compartments which allow the user to store jewelry without worrying about the pieces jumbling together and getting scratched. Each tray has a clear top so that all jewelry in the tray is visible at a glance. These trays are available at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

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