Archive for December, 2012

Clean Your Jewelry For The New Year 0

With the new year quickly approaching, it’s time to make thing feel new again.  The year brings new beginnings, when we introduce new and better habits and refurbish old things.  I like to spruce up my house, give everything a good scrub, clear away all the old dust, move some furniture around and celebrate the new year by making everything feel new again.  The same thing goes for jewelry – get it all clean and sparkly.  There is a variety of ways to get your jewelry clean, so I am going to talk about that right here.

jewelry cleaners

First of all, you have Jewelry Polishing Cloths.  For any flat-surface metal jewelry, such as a plain wedding band, bracelet or earrings, my absolute favorite cleaner is a simple, inexpensive jewelry polishing cloth.  Keep one of these tiny cloths in your jewlery organizer or box for on-the-spot polishing.

Liquid Jewelry Cleaners are usually sold as a very thin liquid in a bottle.  You simply dip the jewelry into the bottle for a few seconds and the results are amazing.  The drawback is that they are made with very strong smelling chemicals, so the only time I use them is for intricate pieces or woven jewelry that can’t be cleaned any other way.

If you’re looking for something a little more versatile, Silver Polishes work for jewelry as well.  These are usually heavy creams or lotions in a bottle.  For intricate pieces, anything woven, you will want to use a liquid dipping jewelry cleaner to get into hard-to-reach places, otherwise the tarnish will remain in the creases and you won’t get the effect you desire.

With all the jewelry cleaners on the market today, you’re sure to find one that works well for you.  And I have to say, cleaning and polishing your jewelry for the new year feels fantastic!  Everything feels new and special again so you don’t feel the need to go out and buy new pieces.

DIY Jewelry Storage 0

If you are on a tight budget and need a way to organize your jewelry, here are some ideas for creating jewelry organizers from other things.  I love coming up with alternate ways to use storage and organization products.  Re-purposing things is a trendy (and pretty smart) way to get your home organized.  It will save you some money, and don’t worry if you are not artsy or crafty or creatively inclined.  These DIY home jewelry storage ideas are simple and easy – anyone can do them!

1. Simplest and easiest:  push pins or nails in the wall become instant jewelry hangers.  They work for necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  To make it fun, paint the nails with nail polish (for your fingernails) in bright colors or use push pins that are already a fancy color like gold or silver.

2. A fancy cork board:  using a an old frame from the thrift store, a piece of cork board and some fabric, create a wall mounted jewelry organizer.  This is a little more difficult than nails and tacks, but still pretty easy.  Paint the picture frame any color you like.  Cut out a piece of cotton fabric (go to the fabric store or use an old blouse that’s too worn out to wear) and cork material to fit the frame; glue fabric to the cork, and staple them to the inside of the frame.  Now you can use tacks to hang your earrings, necklaces, etc.

3. There are some organizers which don’t need any altering to become a jewelry organizer.  Here are some ideas:

  • A mug tree, which is usually designed to stand on your kitchen counter and hang mugs.
  • A neck tie rack for the closet.  There are ones that wall mount and hang from the rod; all of them work for jewelry.
  • An over the door coat rack works great for big chunky necklaces.

Happy organizing folks!

A Girl’s First Jewelry Box 0

This year for Christmas, I think I’m going to get my niece her first jewelry box.  This is very exciting for me, because I remember my first jewelry box and how special it felt to organize my jewelry and treasures for the first time.  It’s a kind of right of passage, and I’m excited to be a part of it for my ten year old niece!  So I have been researching jewelry organizers that are perfect for a young girl, and these are some of my finds.  I thought I would share my ideas here, in case anyone else is inspired to get a little girl her first jewelry box.

I just adore this musical jewelry box.  It’s pretty and simple, with just enough space for a young girl’s growing jewelry collection.  It also has a touch of sophistication without looking too grown up.

This one is also just too sweet for a little girl, but it might be a bit young for my ten year old niece.  I would definitely recommend this jewelry organizer for a younger girl:

This one goes in a very different direction from the first, but it’s just so colorful and fun!  The bright two-toned finish is very youthful:

A young girl with an already sizable jewelry collection will need something with a larger capacity.  The design of jewelry armoire is kid appropriate, but it also feels a little more grown up, like mom’s.

But I knew the perfect jewelry box for my 10 year old niece when I saw it, and it was so obvious.  It’s perfect because she’s at a transitional age and this one she can grow into.  It’s pretty and classic, and it will make her feel extra special.

 

Here is where you can find all of these precious little girls’ jewelry boxes:

1. The Kaitlyn Musical Jewelry Box by Mele & Co.

2. Kelsey Girl’s Musical Ballerina Jewelry Box by Mele & Co.

3. “Stackables” large Jewelry Box by Wolf Designs

4. Chloe Girl’s Pink and White Wooden Jewelry Armoire  by Mele & Co.

5. Cherry Jewelry Box with Lock and Key by 10 Stars

Your Dream Jewelry Box 0

Are you looking for a new way to organize your jewelry and accessories?  Is your jewelry collection outgrowing your current jewelry box?  Do you want to make your jewelry easier to find and access so you don’t forget certain pieces?  I’m going to share some jewelry storage ideas and favorite products to renew your interest in jewelry organization.  It’s no secret that keeping your jewelry tidy, untangled and easy to access is important.  Especially for those of us who spend a pretty penny on adornments.

My first tip is to sort and prioritize the pieces in your jewelry box.  Separate your finer pieces from casual and costume jewelry.  Alternatively, you can sort your jewelry pieces by color or style.  This makes jewelry selection faster and easier in the morning when you’re getting ready or in the evening as you’re rushing out for a date or evening at the theater.

When it comes to selecting a jewelry box, armoire, cabinet or other organizer, I believe a good one should have at least four drawers – no less.  Obviously one for earrings, one for bracelets, one for necklaces and one for rings.  Ideally, a good jewelry organizer will have a place to hang necklaces rather than letting them lay in a drawer.  You will also want it to have other pockets and places to keep accessories like pins, brooches, pendants, etc.  Cuff bracelets can be challenging to store, because most jewelry organizers don’t have deep enough drawers for them.  The most creative solution I have seen for this, is to store your cuffs on a countertop paper towel holder.

No matter what your home jewelry storage requirements are, you need to make sure you find the perfect one for you!