5 Storage Tips to Avoid Tarnishing Jewelry

Make your precious jewelry collection remain beautiful for a long time.

A tiara and a pair of earrings on top of a wooden surface.

Jewelry lovers would love to see their precious collection stand the test of time. It can be done with proper care and maintenance, but have you thought about how you are storing your beloved pieces? If one is not careful, tarnishing and blemishes may happen sooner than expected if the jewelry is not stored properly.

A lackluster piece on a jewelry display stand is not the sight anyone would like to see, so we’ve put together this article to help make sure your collection remains fine and spectacular for a long time.

Sort your jewelry pieces by metal type

Did you know that mixing the different metal types may lead to tarnishing? Now that you know, it’s time to sort your collection into the appropriate groups. Make sure to separate fine from costume jewelry, as well as the silver from the gold. Not only will this slow down tarnishing on your pieces, but it’s also a much more efficient way of organizing the jewelry you own. You’ll surely have no trouble finding particular items if you apply this technique.

We recommend jewelry trays with partitions, just like the one shown below, as suitable storage options to make this happen.

Acrylic Glass-Like Jewelry and Makeup Storage Box
Acrylic Glass-Like Jewelry and Makeup Storage Box*

Keep your valuables dry

Moisture can quickly degrade the luster of your jewelry pieces. In fact, any kind of liquid, such as lotions, creams, or even sweat can affect jewelry pieces appearance-wise. Better to be safe than sorry, so remember to wipe your jewelry with a soft cloth before returning them back to their compartments.

Don’t expose your collection to high heat and humidity

The room you choose to display or store in your jewelry matters. In humid climates, it’s best to keep your precious collection in a cool and dry area as humidity can speed up the tarnishing process. You can include silica packets in your jewelry collection’s respective containers as they can absorb moisture. You may also invest in a dehumidifier and/or air conditioner to keep temperature and moisture levels at an optimum state.

When in doubt, keep it airtight

Add another layer of protection to your jewelry pieces by storing them in airtight or Ziploc bags. Just as moisture affects your jewelry’s surface, the presence of air may also cause the metal to oxidize faster leading to tarnishing. 

Go for containers with lined felt

Not only do they give an elegant touch, but storage carriers with felt lining like the one below can be used to also absorb moisture. The soft fabric used for lining may also prevent scratching, thus protecting your collection from damage.

Luxury Leatherette Crocodile Pattern Jewelry Box with Lock
Luxury Leatherette Crocodile Pattern Jewelry Box with Lock*

Once you are ready to use your pieces for wearing or showcasing on your favorite jewelry display tools, you’ll be glad you followed these steps to give them the care and protection they deserve.

*Available on the Nile Corp website.


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