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A Guide to Organizing Your Jewelry

Organized jewelry collection with DIY cleaning tips.

In the world of jewelry, where those tiny treasures can sneakily multiply, keeping things in check is a skill we all should have. Despite their size, too many pieces can turn our collection into a bit of a chaotic mess. Figuring out when and what to declutter and nailing the art of organization is a useful knack for everyone.

Today, we are diving into the nuances of decluttering your jewelry, offering insights into what to pare down and how to skillfully organize what remains. We also share our best DIY cleaning tips that cover everything from gold, silver, and even precious stones.

Decluttering: Criteria for Elimination

You have heard us say it many, many times, but you cannot thoroughly organize without doing some elimination, and your jewelry collection is no exception. When embarking on the journey of decluttering your jewelry, it is essential to approach the task with a discerning eye. Here are some criteria to consider when deciding what to eliminate from your collection:

Frequency of Wear

Start by evaluating how often you wear each piece. If an item has been languishing in your jewelry box for months without seeing the light of day, it may be time to part ways.

Sentimental Value

While sentimentality is significant, it is crucial to be realistic about the emotional attachments to your jewelry. Consider keeping a few key pieces with profound sentimental value and let go of items that no longer hold significant memories. Feel free to snap a picture of the ones you are decluttering so you can still look back and remember the memories fondly.

Style Evolution

Personal style evolves over time, and so should your jewelry collection. If a piece no longer aligns with your current fashion preferences or lifestyle, it might be worth eliminating it. This criteria could evolve into a jewelry swap. Plan an evening with some girlfriends where everyone brings pieces they do not wear anymore. It is a great way to see your collection go to an exciting new home while also rebuilding your new style without spending money.


Inspect each piece for signs of wear and tear. Tarnished metal, loose stones, or broken clasps can often be repaired, but if the damage is extensive, it may be more practical to part ways and make room for new treasures. Again, if a piece that is broken beyond repair holds sentimental value, take a picture or see if you transform it into something new, like a broach.


Evaluate whether you have multiple pieces that serve the same purpose. Keeping duplicates can lead to clutter and neglect of equally beautiful pieces.

Organizing: Effective Storage Solutions

Once you have curated your collection, the next step is to explore effective storage solutions to ensure your jewelry remains in pristine condition. Here are a few of our favorite organizing products to consider for this task:

Velvet or Linen-Lined Trays

Invest in velvet or linen-lined trays with individual compartments for necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets. This not only prevents tangling but also adds a touch of luxury to your storage space. Our personal favorite is this acrylic linen jewelry drawer, which allows you to customize the piece to your specific needs. 

Wall-Mounted Jewelry Organizers

Maximize space and showcase your jewelry like a work of art by opting for a wall-mounted jewelry organizer. These organizers can double as stylish decor while keeping your pieces easily accessible. You can also create your own by using an old cork board, refinishing the border, and installing decorative hooks.

Stackable Jewelry Trays

Another great space saver is opting for stackable trays. This modular approach allows you to customize your storage based on the size and type of jewelry in your collection. Customize them using the variety offered by The Container Store.

Anti-Tarnish Storage Pouches

Preserve the luster of your silver jewelry by storing them in anti-tarnish storage pouches. These pouches are lined with materials that inhibit tarnishing, ensuring your pieces stay radiant for longer. These are perfect for traveling or for storing them while you are at the gym.

Drawer Liners with Built-in Compartments

You can also, if space allows, upgrade your dresser drawers with liners that have built-in compartments. Not only do these liners prevent scratches and damage, but they also help in keeping items separated and protected.

Hanging Jewelry Organizers

One of our favorite spaces to utilize is the vertical space in your closet and you can do the same by hanging jewelry organizers. These organizers often have clear pockets, making it easy to see and access your accessories.

Custom-Built Jewelry Cabinets

If you are in the market for something more personal and luxurious, you might consider investing in a custom-built jewelry cabinet. You can tailor these cabinets to fit seamlessly into your space, with dedicated compartments for every type of jewelry in your collection.

Caring: DIY Cleaning Products for Precious Stones and Regular Jewelry

Regular cleaning is crucial to maintain the brilliance of both precious stones and the metal components of your jewelry. Instead of relying on store-bought cleaners, consider creating your own DIY cleaning solutions for a cost-effective and personalized touch.

Diamonds and Sapphires

Create a mixture of equal parts water and ammonia in a bowl. Immerse your diamonds or sapphires in this solution for 20-30 minutes. Gently scrub the stones with a soft brush to remove any accumulated dirt. Rinse the jewelry under running water and pat it dry with a soft cloth. If you are looking for an even deeper clean, consider investing in an ultrasonic cleaner. Fill it with a mix of water and a jewelry cleaning solution like Weiman or Connoisseurs, and let the machine work its magic.

Emeralds and Rubies

Mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water. Soak your emeralds or rubies for 15-20 minutes in the soapy solution. Use a soft toothbrush to delicately clean around the stones. Afterward, rinse the jewelry thoroughly and allow it to dry completely. If you have an ultrasonic cleaner, it can also work wonders for these vibrant gems.

Be cautious with ultrasonic cleaners.  The result may be sparkling clean however the movement from the ultrasonic mechanism may be jarring to the stone and settings.  Time the cleaning to a few minutes. 


Combine a small amount of mild soap with water. Dip a soft cloth into the soapy water and gently wipe the pearls. Rinse the cloth with plain water and wipe again to eliminate any soap residue. Make sure to air-dry the pearls completely before storing them. Ultrasonic cleaners are not recommended for pearls, as they can be too harsh.

Gold and Silver Polish

Prepare a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar. Dip a soft cloth into the solution and gently polish gold or silver jewelry. Ensure you dry the pieces thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth to prevent water spots. An ultrasonic cleaner is particularly effective for gold and silver, using a suitable cleaning solution.

General Jewelry Cleaner

Create a mixture of warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap. Soak your regular jewelry pieces for 10-15 minutes in this solution. Employ a soft brush or toothbrush to gently scrub away dirt and grime. Rinse the jewelry thoroughly under running water and pat it dry with a soft cloth. An ultrasonic cleaner is a great investment for an extra level of cleanliness, using a recommended jewelry cleaning solution.

Stainless Steel

Mix baking soda and water to create a paste. Apply this paste to stainless steel jewelry and gently rub the surfaces. Rinse the jewelry under running water and dry it thoroughly to prevent any residue. Ultrasonic cleaners are not suggested for these metals.

Costume Jewelry

Combine equal parts water and white vinegar. Dip a soft cloth into the solution and gently wipe the surfaces of your costume jewelry. Ensure the pieces are completely dry before storing them to prevent any damage. Ultrasonic cleaners are not typically recommended for costume jewelry.

Exercise caution when cleaning jewelry with delicate gemstones, as certain stones may be more sensitive to cleaning agents. Always refer to the specific care instructions for each piece, and when in doubt, seek professional advice to ensure the longevity of your beloved jewelry collection.

Decluttering and organizing your jewelry collection is a rewarding endeavor that ensures each piece receives the attention it deserves. By following the criteria for elimination, investing in effective storage solutions, and crafting your own DIY cleaning products, you will not only showcase your treasures in the best light but also prolong their lifespan.

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