In the old days, jewelry had more practical uses - it was used to hold clothing together. Today, jewelry has become a status symbol. Different kinds of jewelry now flood the market. There are inexpensive costume jewelry and jewelry made up of precious gemstones or metals. Ancient Egyptians favored gold jewelry some 3,000 years ago, and not only wore them during their lifetime, but were buried with them in their tomb.
Each civilization has its own story of how it uses jewelry. Although most civilizations used jewelry as ornaments, jewelry also served to function as an amulet to ward off evil. India has been practicing making jewelry for the longest time. From the Indus Valley around 1500 BC, the people made earrings and necklaces of gold, beads and other metals while women loved to wear tiaras and earrings made from clay and shells.
The years have not pushed jewelry to the background. Jewelry is still one of those treasures that are kept and passed on to the next generation. Because of this, it is most important that jewelry is correctly stored. Here are some tips on storing jewelry.
- Separate pieces from each other. Jewelry can scratch against each other and may cause needless damage. To avoid this, keep the pieces separate from each other. If you are reluctant to purchase a jewelry box, you could instead buy an organizer box or even ice cube trays for storing your jewelry. You could also provide small Ziploc plastic bags for each individual piece (except earrings, which should be together). Just be sure to place anti-tarnish strips inside each bag.
- Hang necklaces. It is more convenient to hang your necklaces than to put them in a drawer where they may get tangled with other necklaces. It also makes it easier to find that particular necklace that you want to wear for the day.
- Lay down beaded items. Beaded necklaces or bracelets may stretch. It is best if those necklaces or bracelets that have nylon, cotton or silk strings are laid down flat. You could also choose to roll these items on a jewelry roll or even an empty cylinder cartridge of your aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
- Avoid too much heat. Jewelry must be kept at room condition only. Don't store your jewelry where the heat of the sun may affect it. Some gemstones or metals may fade under the sunlight or may get damaged.
- Wipe jewelry after wearing it. Be sure to wipe off the jewelry with a damp cotton cloth after wearing it. Leaving sweat on the jewelry and then storing it may cause the metals to be damaged.
- Carry your jewelry when traveling. If you are in another place or country, be sure to keep your jewelry on you. Don't just leave it in your luggage. You can place your jewelry in soft fabric pouches. This can do in case you don't have jewelry cases available.
- Store jewelry under lock and key. Buy a jewelry box and lock in your jewelry.
Jewelry has been with man for hundreds of years. It has brought both happiness and misfortune to those that have it. Here's to more happiness.