How to store jewelry

I got a question the other day from Elizabeth who wanted to know how I store my jewelry. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the best way to handle my jewelry. I want it to be visible so I can see what I have, but I also want it to be well organized and not let my necklaces get all tangled up. That’s the biggest problem with jewelry boxes: they really aren’t great for necklaces.

Enter the hinged shadowbow!

I confess – I totally stole my idea for storage from Chrysi, my sister-in-law. A few weeks ago, I had seen a pretty display box at West Elm (can’t seem to find a photo online) and when we went to pick up Jude from my brother’s, where he was staying, I saw C’s gorgeous shadow box that she was going to mount on the wall to store her jewelry in. So C, I apologize — I’m totally ripping you off. All credit goes to you, my dear!

Since I saw C’s idea, I’ve hung all my jewelry on pushpins that were in my closet above the changing table we keep in there. This was working fairly well, but it was kinda unsightly. Plus, Jude likes to play with the necklaces when I have him laying there, changing his diaper.

Luckily, this week, Hobby Lobby was running a 50% off sale on all its wall decor, including all frames. WOWZA! So I got a nice big $50 shadowbox for only $25, and I’m pretty pleased with the results. I hung it up in our bathroom, removing the really ridiculously defunct towel ring that always wanted to fall down whenever I even dared glance at the towel that I had hung there. It was driving me crazy, so down it came.

It kinda reminds me of a cabinet of curiosities, or possibly a really fancy bug collection. The original frame had the linen background, and that works for me for now. I used dressmaker’s pins to hang the jewelry from (surprisingly sturdy).

I also keep my bracelets in a bowl, or sometimes in this gorgeous decoupage John Derian plate that my birthmom Kim gave me for my birthday. I am in love with it! Terrible photo of it, though. Apologies.

So there you go. Feel free to steal Chrysi’s idea too!  🙂  I guess hypothetically you could also make a really fab corkboard into a great display, too. The possibilities are endless!

Editrix’s note: I’m also posting this over at Window Dressing, since it’s applicable there, too. Thanks for your question, Ebeth!


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