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What Is The Best Way To Store Jewelry To Prevent Oxidation?

 In this article we will discuss the best way to store your fashion and sterling silver jewelry to help prevent oxidation. Jewelry is more than just an accessory; it's a statement, an investment, and often a cherished keepsake. To keep your fashion and sterling silver jewelry styles looking there best and enhance longevity, proper storage is crucial.

As a jewelry designer with 20 years of industry experience, I've had my fair share of up and downs with different metal types. In particular, I've seen most challenges with plated fashion jewelry and sterling silver. If you are looking for some helpful tips on how to prolong the life of your treasured styles, you've come to the right place. I'll expertly guide you on the best solutions on how to care for your jewelry and really get a bang for your buck on your fashion jewelry and sterling silver investments. 

In this post, we'll explore how to properly store your jewelry in a storage case with a lid to protect it from oxidation, especially during everyday activities like doing the dishes and showering. We’ll also explain how humidity and water can damage your precious pieces over time.

 

Why Proper Jewelry Storage Matters

Jewelry in general, particularly fashion and sterling silver jewelry is most fragile when it comes to exposure and is more prone to tarnishing and oxidation. These processes are natural reactions that occur when metals are exposed to air and moisture. Sterling silver, for instance, reacts with sulfur compounds in the air, leading to tarnish. Fashion jewelry, often made with a mix of alloy metals and coatings, can also be impacted from similar issues. Proper storage helps minimize these reactions, keeping your pieces shiny and bright. 

 

The Impact of Humidity and Water on Jewelry

 Humidity and water are the enemy! I always tell my clients who purchase especially fashion and sterling silver jewelry that proper maintenance is essential to prolong it's life. Getting these jewels wet or sitting in a bathroom full of steam are the main culprits in the oxidation and tarnishing of jewelry. When exposed to moisture, metals can corrode, leading to discoloration and damage. Here's how these elements can affect your jewelry:

  1. Humidity: High humidity levels cause moisture to settle on the surface of your jewelry. Over time, this can accelerate tarnishing and corrosion. Jewelry stored in humid environments will tarnish faster than pieces kept in dry conditions. 
  2. Water Exposure: Activities like doing the dishes or showering expose your jewelry to water and chemicals, such as soaps and detergents. These substances can not only cause immediate discoloration but also weaken the structure of your jewelry over time.
  3. Direct Sun Exposure: leaving fashion plated jewelry and sterling silver jewelry under direct light over time can also cause oxidation and discoloration. Best to store your jewelry in an airtight box with a lid away from direct sun and humidity. I like to tell clients to best place in a drawer if possible. 

Tips for Storing Jewelry to Prevent Oxidation

 To protect your jewelry from the damaging effects of humidity and water, follow these storage tips:

  1. Use a Jewelry Storage Case with a Lid: Invest in a quality storage case with a secure lid. The lid helps to minimize exposure to air, reducing the chances of oxidation. Look for cases that are lined with a soft, non-abrasive material to prevent scratches. I would highly suggest keeping a jewelry storage case with a lid. Best to avoid wearing your jewelry when you shower and place into the box with tight lid. This helps avoid contact with humidity. Here is an affordable jewelry storage box option I found on Amazon, click here.

  2. Store Jewelry in Individual Compartments: To avoid tangling and scratching, store each piece of jewelry in its own compartment. This is especially important for delicate items like chains and earrings. You can find these individual jewelry transparent baggies on Amazon too, click here. 

  3. Use Anti-Tarnish Strips or Pouches: I really like this option of anti-tarnish strips or pouches inside your storage case. I personally use this a lot especially for sterling silver jewelry. This is another beneficial option to use in conjunction with your proper jewelry storage. You can place an anti tarnish strip into your individual jewelry baggie for extra protection. These products absorb moisture and pollutants, providing an extra layer of protection against tarnishing. Here is a link to find this, click here. 

  4. Keep Jewelry Dry: Always ensure your jewelry is completely dry before storing it. Wipe down each piece with a soft cloth to remove any moisture or residues from lotions, perfumes, or soaps. Having a proper jewelry cloth is essential. I personally love this jewelry cloth from Mayflower Products. This one is great for all types of metals and I love that its made in the USA. Here is a link to find it in Amazon. 

  5. Avoid Storing Jewelry in the Bathroom: Bathrooms are typically humid environments, making them a poor choice for jewelry storage. Instead, keep your storage case in a cool, dry place, such as a bedroom drawer. But if you are the type to just jump into the shower with your jewelry on, I would urge you to then place a jewelry storage with a lid and take it all off before jumping in, especially if you are wearing fashion and sterling silver jewelry

  6. Remove Jewelry Before Doing the Dishes or Showering: A simple small decorative dish or small storage case next to your kitchen sink is always a good idea for your rings. Make it a habit to remove your jewelry before engaging in activities that involve water and handling food. This simple practice can significantly extend the life and luster of your pieces. 

Here is a direct link for our "How to Care For Your Jewelry Guide" on our website. 

 

Conclusion

Proper storage of your fashion and sterling silver jewelry is crucial to preserving its beauty and longevity. By using a storage case with a lid and following the tips outlined above, you can protect your pieces from the harmful effects of humidity and water. With a little care and attention, your jewelry will continue to shine bright for years to come.

There is a quick YouTube Short where Camille explains The Best Way To Store Your Jewelry and her quick tips. watch here.

 

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