Storing Jewellery, Beautifully
Chunky statement pieces and long-chained necklaces are staples for accessory lovers of late, but it seems like jewellery boxes just haven't kept up to the changing shape of fashion. Plus, I find the gems I do keep stored away are also kept out of mind, and out of rotation. My own jewellery set-up is ever-changing and though its evolution has been positive, I wanted to peek into the minds of OCM accessory mavens Desiree Martin and Jocelyn deMoissac for their display ideas. And because I can't be the only person hoping to elevate my jewellery's life whilst waiting to be worn, I thought we could get inspired together. So, let's.
About two and a half years ago, I collaborated with duo plant studio a while back to create a vision I had in my head. I wanted a copper bar with wood, and some plant life to hold my jewels and this is what transpired. Please don’t judge that my plant is dead and gone... it's on my to-do list to buy another! I only wear a 1/4 of this and need to purge but not only is it time-consuming to go through but sadness will ensue as I'm connected to most of my pieces for some reason or life event. Nevertheless, a sale will commence soon. It needs to be done. Watch the Stonebridge Buy and Sell!
Jewellery storage for me has been an ongoing battle as I always found what they sold in the stores for this type of thing just didn't suffice. There are cute necklace holders you can purchase with a couple of spots for delicate necklaces but I've always been one for statement pieces and my outfits are generally pretty jewellery heavy. When I lived in Toronto I found a window on the street someone was throwing out and took it home and gave it a little DIY love. I went to home hardware, got some spray paint and screen and got them to cut a mirror the size of one of the windows. This became my dangly earring holder and I've been using it for years. My stud earrings are in a vintage dish straight from Value Village, as are my rings. My bracelets are hung on a holder from Homesense (the only thing that was actually made with the intent of storing jewellery in my collection). And the antlers were from the clearance section of Urban Outfitters home section when I lived in Toronto and sprayed gold as well to hold my necklaces. Last but not least I have my sunnies displayed in another vintage gold dish I believe I got from my mom years ago. I find it so nice to be able to actually view your pieces and remember what you have so you can keep it all in rotation. Plus why not use your beautiful pieces as part of your decor? If you want to achieve this look I suggest you keep your eyes out at some second hand stores with an open mind and get creative!
One of my issues with a jewellery box was that larger necklaces couldn't fit into it. I bought a jewellery tree off the local Buy and Sell for five bucks and it's ended up being my favourite find yet because not only can I see all of my faves at a glance but nothing is ever tangled. My rings are on a hand far more perfect than mine, serving to remind me how pretty rings look when worn; the disembodied digits sometimes also secure a fine necklace or two. My most used piece of 'display' is a tiered metal display from the chinaware section of Homesense (I think it was meant for cupcakes) that my mom gifted me for chunky bracelets and such. And (do other people do this?), I end up placing jewellery all over my house as I don and doff it throughout the day, whether letting long necklaces dangle from lamp switches, flipping rings atop of ornaments, or hanging bracelets on the corners of picture frames. Though the idea might alarm compartmentalists and those with the need for order, it works to maintain order in my creative chaos and I end up enjoying my little additions as part of my home. As pictured, my daughter's storage systems are shaping up to be much the same.
It's important to note that pearls are best stored in velvet when not around your neck, so don't hang those strands! And if you've got pieces of value, a safe is called that for a reason. ;) Thanks to Joc and Des for contributing to this post, and if you've got ideas of your own, you know I wanna hear them. So please feel free to comment away!