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How do you store your jewelry?

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I keep mine on John Derian trays on my bureau, which is pretty, but unless I’m super-careful it generates tangles like crazy. Is there a better way? Is a straight-up big old jewelry box the answer?  Must one resort to such items as earring trees, and if so, are there aesthetically pleasing ones? I await your speedy response.

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Posted on December 4th, 2013 47 Comments

47 Responses

  1. @sarahspy says:

    I have this vintage Mele jewelry box, and i love it! super functional / got a place for everything, and goes well with my style – https://www.etsy.com/transaction/94635665?ref=fb2_tnx_title

    for large bead necklaces, i tend to drop those into a big glass vase (the cheap clear vases that come w/ flower deliveries), which turns storage into a pretty & functional display 🙂




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  2. Janice says:

    My sister introduced me to these amazing canvas pocket hanging jewelry organizers from the Container Store. There’s one for earrings and a specific one for necklaces and bracelets so you can keep them from tangling. It also keeps the silver necklaces from tarnishing. I keep the bulk of my jewelry there, then use a couple of pretty small dishes and a ring holder on my dresser for the stuff I wear most frequently. Less clutter and life changing!




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  3. dogrunner says:

    I too have a HUGE old-school jewelry box. It’s a solution, but not THE solution. I still make a mess of everything.

    With multiple drawers, it does allow me to separate those items that are rarely used. And I can easily see the items that are regulars.

    Big/long necklaces still have to hang on hooks. But it does keep everything in one place.




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  4. shelly says:

    I recently got a couple of these (well, a slightly different version, but can’t find it online): http://www.target.com/p/household-essentials-jewelry-organizer-80-pockets/-/A-678156#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=jewelry+organizer

    Not the most attractive thing but highly functional and better than storing your jewelry in heaps in a grocery bag as I had been doing since I cleared out my extra bedroom to make room for my new baby. Pre-baby, when I had more space I stored my necklaces on coat racks hung on the walls of my walk in closet room…sigh…




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  5. joannawnyc says:

    I hang necklace on a bulletin board, also dangly or long earrings and bracelets of all kinds. Smaller earrings I keep in a traditional jewelry box. The bulletin board is hung over my desk at home so I can stare at all my pretty gewgaws as I work. I have a sort of boudoir/dressing room/home office set-up … am I weird? But it works for me. I share the bedroom with my husband and there is really no room for it all there (we have a dressing room too, but it’s also small). Interestingly, if you asked me, in conversation, if I had any type of jewelry storage, I would probably have said No. I had to think about it before I realized I actually do have a system.




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  6. Susan W says:

    This has been an obsession for the last few months… I do not own a dresser, so no place to pile stuff, and I don’t have space for a monster standup cabinet for jewelry, so I’d been looking for a compact and customizable system for a long time. I now have big necklaces on a hook in the closet, and for small pieces I finally found some cheap lined trays at Bed Bath and Beyond that stack and fit in the drawer of my nightstand. http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/Ampersand-reg-Gold-Stackable-Jewelry-Trays/125758?Keyword=jewelry+tray

    This is the first I found that would fit in a small, deep space. Not the most glamorous solution, but it works! I want to have a custom armoire / dresser built with shallow drawers for jewelry. Someday!




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  7. Emmah says:

    I use a clear 4 drawer Muji box. You can see everything but it all still stays organized. And it was only about $30!




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  8. Trina says:

    I got a bunch of cute hooks from The Container Store to hang my necklaces on. I also got a literal jewelry tree from Urban Outfitters that I thought was pretty cute, although now it’s so overrun with jewelry that I don’t know if it is aesthetically pleasing anymore. I also have other various ring and jewelry holder and a big old jewelry box, so I’ve got a little bit of everything. I actually blogged about it here: http://operationwearmycloset.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-organize-your-jewelry.html
    Of course, I live alone and don’t have to worry about sharing my space with anyone who might not like it.




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  9. Maggie says:

    I got one of those over-the-door racks meant to hold bathrobes and whatnots–but a pretty one, with hooks that look like leaves. Then I hung it over the mirror of my dresser. I hang all my pretty necklaces on it so they don’t get tangled and so I can see what I have. Do I need to send you the name of the awesome Etsy necklace store I found?




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  10. Janet says:

    I have a standing jewelry armoire with lined drawers and doors that have hooks for long necklaces. I found it on ebay several years ago.




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  11. Viajera says:

    Ziploc baggies! Stashed various places. Not ideal, I know.

    It sounds as though I don’t have much, comparatively, and while I like things on other people, I usually don’t wear any and don’t like much of it on me. Just started wearing earrings again last week, matter of fact. (Had to re-punch the holes. Whoa Nelly.)




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  12. kristie says:

    I simply hammered a couple dozen nails inside the bathroom closet. A couple of little statues that were my mother’s serve as hangers for other things, and a couple dishes hold a bit more.

    I also prune relentlessly.




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  13. Katie Lynn says:

    I can’t seem to find anything like it on their website, but I bought a three-sided rotating jewelry organizer for the stuff I wear on a daily basis from Target. It’s on a lazy-susan and about a foot-tall. has hooks on one side for necklaces, little bands on another for earrings, and shelves on the third side for rings and bracelets. I keep a large glass-top jewelry box next to it with my special occasion jewelry in it. I really enjoy the rotating one as it can store so much in a small space.




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    • Katie Lynn says:

      If you go in the store they usually have this sort of thing by the frames, and they usually have something like it in stock.




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  14. Carla says:

    I have almost all of my necklaces hanging from a white ceramic bust of Mao that I bought when I lived in China. It’s not always easy-access, but I love that he looks more tricked out than Jimi Hendrix.




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  15. c.w. says:

    I found some plastic storage boxes at The Container Store (they don’t have tops so they’re more open containers than boxes) that have white textured rubber on the bottoms so nothing slides around. They come in all sizes so I can divide things up (rings here, bracelets there) and they fit in my nightstand drawer. I keep my jewelry down to a minimum so storage isn’t a big deal.

    Now shoe storage……thaaaaaat’s where I run into some troubles.




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  16. Ann says:

    I keep mine on my dresser in various vintage clear cut- or etched-glass dishes I’ve gotten at flea markets over the years…inexpensive and not visually intrusive. And allows the jewelry to stand out for easy selection.




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  17. Abby says:

    Jewellery boxes always seem to have a disproportionate number of ring slots. Do people wear that many different rings?

    For my jewellery, I took small boxes, cut them to about half an inch deep, and then made interlocking dividers (like in a wine box) that divide each box up into compartments. Then I somewhat laboriously taped where each part met the bottom so that things wouldn’t slip around. They live in the top drawer of my dresser. It isn’t glamorous but it has its charm and it’s the best system I’ve had in terms of keeping things visible and tidy. You could fancy them up or probably buy such a thing, for example a box designed to hold embroidery thread or beads.




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    • JC says:

      I use them for earrings. I have a ton of stud earrings becuase I wear them pretty much all the time. Sometimes I wish I could purge – I have a lot of really pretty things that are just not my style – but I feel like giving away GOLD or SILVER (even if it’s not super-nice) is something only The Rich can do.




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  18. Johanna Moroch says:

    I use a revolving necktie storage stand for necklaces, and fishing lure grid boxes for earrings (with tops snapped off and stored underneath) in a dresser drawer. Both make it easy see and retrieve. I use my jewelry box for souvenirs.




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  19. Jessie says:

    I use small silicone ice cube trays in my top drawer for my earrings – works great for me




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  20. Rhonda says:

    I use those plastic drawer organizers, found in the hardware section. I just need to get around to labeling what’s in each drawer so I don’t have to open them all to find what I’m looking for. Works great for rings, pins, earrings, etc. They sit on top of a dresser in my closet, so out of sight – because, frankly, they aren’t much to look at. Above them, on the wall, I have a bulletin board for hanging necklaces and danglely things.




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  21. Jane says:

    For necklaces, I hammered nails into the wall. My collection (mostly costume) takes up about 1/3 of a wall in the bedroom and it looks like cool wall art. I find I wear stuff more often when I can easily see everything I have.
    For earrings, I bought a cheap plastic box at the hardware store that’s meant for sorting screws and nails. The bonus is that when I travel, I just throw the entire box in my luggage so I don’t have to decide in advance what earrings I think I’ll want to wear.




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  22. Sarah says:

    I bought a jewelry armoire off Amazon that looks like a nice piece of bedroom furniture after I got tired of everything getting tangled in the smaller jewelry box. Some of the armoires you find look so dated (warm oak and scrollwork) but mine has clean lines and dark wood. Now I have a nice neat place for everything and it was a nice visual addition to the bedroom.




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  23. Joann says:

    I have a lot of dresser space. I have a large glass vintage cake plate with a smaller one stacked on top. The jewelry is kindof a mess, but I can see it all there and it displays well. Until a cat decides to play with the necklaces!




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  24. cedar says:

    I have a weakness for pretty little boxes; they’re the only thing I collect, so most of my stuff is stashed in those – one for chains and pendants, one for rings, one for stud earrings and so on. I also have an earring tree – shaped like an actual tree and made of some kind of heavy duty raffia-type material. I’m not totally in love with it (it was a gift) but it does keep my significant collection of dangly earrings in pairs and visible.




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  25. Heather says:

    I had a washcloth tree that I used to keep my necklaces on. Something like this, only I purchased at Home Goods for about $15:

    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/satin-nickel-finish-towel-tree-with-curved-arms/1013423768?categoryId=12576

    It was great – kept my necklaces from getting tangled and kept them easily locate-able. The problem was, my cat developed an affinity for attacking it. Now they’re back in a drawer.




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  26. Julie says:

    I use the Bed Bath and Beyond stackable boxes too. They have several kinds with differently configured compartments, so it’s nice for chains, earrings, etc. Chunkier pieces stay in the flannel pouches they come in. My top dresser drawer, which is lockable, keep the whole lot safe and out of sight.




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  27. Mavjen says:

    Chest/armoire that stores jewelry and accessories. Found it at a random furniture store. Love it.




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  28. Beryl says:

    Umbra Luxury Little Black Dress Jewelry Organizer. Bought mine at Museum of Art and Design–and now see it everywhere from Bed Bath and Beyond to Discounters. Very practical compared to jewelry boxes.




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  29. mims says:

    I have a large silk wall hanging stretched over a wooden frame that sits on my dressing table. I put a wide piece of lace running vertically down one end and it is easy to hang my earrings in that. Then I put several clear push pins along the top border and hang necklaces from those. My bracelets are in a sea grass bowl for rummaging, the more delicate ones in a traditional jewelry box.




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  30. Kate says:

    I have one of the 5 feet tall (!!!) stainless steel tool boxes from Costco. Lots of flat drawers for jewels and bigger ones for socks, bags, etc. works like a charm!




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  31. Lesley says:

    The largest jewelry box you can find, and still hide (I stuff mine inside an armoire). But I still don’t keep my necklaces there. Those, I hang from the hanging bar inside the same armoire.




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  32. AK says:

    I just finished a massive, often frustrating search for a jewelry box. I wanted a big one b/c I have a lot of stuff, and no room for it inside my dresser or closet. I have heard that hanging many types of necklaces on hooks will eventually stretch them out, and plus I can’t imagine the dust they’d collect.

    I finally found a box in the “Worldstock” Fair Trade section of Overstock, made in a Chinese style by a family company in China. 5 drawers, and only a few big dividers, but I keep most of my smaller & silver items in tiny ziploc baggies which helps avoid tarnish & keeps things from tangling.

    I struck out at West Elm (which I think is the image you featured), Wolf Designs (via Gilt), and Pottery Barn. All looked cheap and/or turned out to be defective. SO frustrating. But I’m happy with the one I finally found!




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    • AK says:

      Btw if size is not an issue, I recommend Etsy. Lots of beautiful, handmade boxes for reasonable prices. Unfortunately none were big enough for my needs!




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  33. ragazza says:

    I use a lot of little boxes. For necklaces, I’d like to find some coral or a good branch-type thing (not an actual jewelry tree, I’d like something more interesting), but I haven’t found anything yet.




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  34. Lori Mac says:

    I have used these hand-crafted hardwood hanging jewelry racks for years – first for earrings, and then I bought the necklace and bracelet rack add-ons. It says “ear-nest” but they have all sorts of racks and they are so nicely made: http://www.ear-nest.com/ I understand the company is going out of business but they are still selling (at least, per the internet). I REALLY need to see my jewelry hanging in an organized fashion to make a decision.




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  35. Michelle says:

    Ceramic egg carton/holder from Anthropologie to hold frequently used necklaces/rings in individual compartments, ceramic cereal bowl for bracelets, lined Altoids tins in a wooden box for silver jewelry, and a wire mesh earring holder from Claire’s. Minimalist collection, though.




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  36. Joni says:

    I use plastic craft organizers (usually used to hold beads and whatnot). They come in a variety of sizes (smaller ones are great for traveling) and everything stays in its own little compartment. They’re transparent, for easy viewing, and they also keep jewelry dust-free. Not the most attractive things in the world, but wonderfully practical!




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  37. Selina says:

    So many good suggestions here! I don’t have drawers, just shelves, so am restricted to a hige ornate jewellery tree for necklaces/bangles, and a wee bunny rabbit jewelery-saucer-ashtray type thingy from Anthropologie thats a messy tangle of earrings.

    But my all-time fantasy storage is this thing you HAVE to check out – its a full length standing mirror that has jewelery storage inside!!! So exciting. Its by alori Greiner on QVC.

    And someday IT WILL BE MIIIIIINE……




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  38. Jenn says:

    I have a necklace bird cage and a cute metal earring “tree”. Well, it’s not a tree, it actually looks like a children’s play swing. I love it and I enjoy seeing my jewelry on display. I don’t think it’s tacky, just very girly. And I’m girly.




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  39. Larger statement pieces sit in drawers and trays but I, too, had lots of trouble with long easy-to-tangle necklaces until I built this – and it works!
    http://sueathome.com/2012/10/03/diy-quick-and-easy-jewelry-display/




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  40. Midge says:

    I found a jewelry organizer made from a vintage letterpress drawer on Etsy.(http://www.etsy.com/listing/156569491/jewelry-display-storage-printer-tray?ref=market)
    Instead of buying one I picked up a vintage letterpress drawer at a local flea market for $10 an made one myself by adding hooks from the hardware store. It is great because you can customize it for each jewelry piece.




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  41. Jill says:

    Oh boy… I have a ton, as I’ve always collected jewelry, and I design and create it for a living, so…my collection is massive. I actually keep it in several places – three jewelry boxes on my dresser, five smaller boxes (one for cuffs, one for wooden bangles – I have to sort by style or I’d never find anything), and then there is The Drawer.

    I dedicated one drawer in my dresser to storing most of my jewelry. It’s stored in trays like these:

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_SPM2345774003P?ci_src=184425893&ci_sku=SPM2345774003&sid=IDx20131030xMPJLxCPA16

    with various divided inserts that fit in those trays. Some have ring slots, some have numerous compartments that I fit necklaces and earring in, sorted by color (or again, I’d never find anything).

    And then I have these:

    http://www.containerstore.com/shop/jewelryStorage/traysOrganizers?productId=10034617&N=81048

    If you scroll down, I use the 3-compartment trays to store bigger necklaces, brooches, etc. They fit in my dresser drawer around the outside of my other stacking trays.

    Call me obsessive…I’ll own it. 🙂




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  42. Lisa says:

    I have one that I love from Davin and Kessler . I bought it at paradise city art festival but they have them on line. It’s called a jewelry tree with dish.
    Have since bought one for my sister and she loves it too!
    http://www.davinandkesler.com/j4.htm




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