As mentioned in our previous post “How to Protect Your Precious Jewellery From Wear and Tear”, proper storage is usually one of the most overlooked steps in keeping your precious jewellery looking its very best.
Although most jewellery is obviously best safely stored in a jewellery box, in order to avoid accidental or unintentional damage while storing them, you first need to take a number of factors into account. These include the type of jewellery, the metals and gemstones used, and how much the jewellery is worth.
As experts in fine jewellery, we’ve created this guide to help you to choose the best storage method for your individual pieces - ensuring your cherished jewellery will still look amazing for many years to come.
Avoid High Humidity
Extreme temperatures and high humidity are never good for the longevity or appearance of your beloved, fine jewellery.
Frequent exposure to hot, humid air can easily cause the oxidisation of sterling silver creating ‘tarnish’ – a yellow to black discolouration of the metal caused by naturally occurring sulphur in the air. Other jewellery made using alloys with trace amounts of silver and copper can also be affected in the same way.
To avoid tarnish or potential corrosion, make sure to store your jewellery away from humid environments at home such as the bathroom.
Various precious metals have differing degrees of strength and hardness.
Jewellery pieces made of ‘harder’ precious metals, such as platinum, rhodium, and tungsten, can easily scratch, damage, or wear on softer metals such as gold or silver if stored together.
In addition, sterling silver in pristine condition should also never be stored with ‘older’ tarnished silver in order to prevent contamination.
Similar to the precious metals used in jewellery, gemstones can also vary in strength and hardness.
If stored together, harder gemstones such as diamonds and sapphires can easily cause scratching or chipping of softer organic gemstones like amber or pearl. As one of the hardest gemstones, diamonds can also scratch silver, gold, and platinum jewellery.
In order to prevent this, loose gemstones or gemstone jewellery should be stored separately, or kept in individual soft cloth pouches.
Choose a Jewellery Box with a Soft Lining
For fine jewellery, it’s usually best to choose a secure jewellery box with a soft fabric lining to avoid accidental scratches.
Make sure the box also has enough separate compartments to store all of your various prized possessions – without them being clumped together.
Think About Security
If you have jewellery pieces that are particularly valuable, we always recommend having them professionally appraised and insured in case of loss or theft.
Following this, make sure to store these pieces in a secure spot at home – such as a small home safe – or with a trusted, certified company specialising in safety deposit boxes.
Have a Question?
At Martin Gear Jewellers, we’ve been manufacturing and selling jewellery for decades, right from our Dublin City Centre workshop.
For any questions on our range of jewellery, or for help with inspections, cleaning, and repairs due to improper storage, simply drop into our store on 5 Mary St, Dublin 1 for more info. Alternatively, just give us a call on (01) 872 8726 and we’d be happy to help.