Untangle that Mess and Organize Your Handmade Jewelrycomments (4) May 21st, 2008
One of the lovely benefits of keeping my jewelry organized is that I find myself wearing things that I think otherwise would have been forgotten. Your beautiful jewelry deserves to be preserved and well kept so that you can enjoy it. Whether you're keeping everything at your home or studio or planning displays for upcoming events, here's what works for me. I'd love to hear your ideas!
I have a wooden jewelry organizer that I bought years ago from Ginny's Ear Nest, and it's perfect for necklaces, pendants, and earrings. The racks are available in different sizes and configurations, and they are lovely for displaying your own work or your personal collection of jewelry. I have a wall-hanging version, but you can also find freestanding designs for a dresser or tabletop. I use mine mostly at home, but if you're doing a craft show or event, they're great for displaying your work for sale.
Another solution for showing individual pieces is a set of velvet jewelry displays like the neck and earring "T" shown above. This is another option for shows, of course, but they look nice in the studio or home as well. I buy mine locally at Simon Golub in Portland and Ed's Box and Supply in Los Angeles, but you can also order them from Fire Mountain Gems and Rio Grande. They come in all kinds of configurations, colors, materials, and styles for rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and anything else you make.
For deep storage, packing your pieces for events, or shipping them to shops, I always use plastic bags in varying sizes. They are inexpensive and handy, and pack down to a very efficient size and shape in a larger box or bag. You can buy them in bulk at the same places you'd find velvet jewelry displays (mentioned above). This isn't the most attractive option, obviously, but it is easy, quick, and guarantees a minimum of tangling and mess—perfect for things you want to put away for a while or bring along when you travel.