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How to Store Jewelry Without Tarnishing It

Protect Valuable Possessions Like Jewelry with Harris Self Storage

Harris Self Storage in the New River Valley has some great ideas for how to store jewelry without tarnishing it. Those rings, necklaces, watches and more hold a special value in someone’s life. Sometimes, they are valuables that have been in the family for generations.

However, this doesn’t mean there won’t be damage along the way from a variety of elements. Here are some simple ways to keep those precious jewelry items protected.


Store Jewelry That is Dry to Avoid Tarnishing

One of the main causes of tarnishing is moisture. To prevent your jewelry from tarnishing, it’s essential to keep it dry. Before storing your jewelry, make sure it’s completely dry, and avoid storing it in a damp or humid environment. It’s also important to remove your jewelry before swimming, showering, or doing any water-related activities.


Use an Airtight Container to Store Jewelry

This will protect your jewelry from exposure to air, which can cause oxidation and tarnishing. You can use small plastic bags or containers with tight-fitting lids. You can also add anti-tarnish strips to the container to absorb any moisture and prevent tarnishing.


Separate Jewelry By Type to Avoid Scratching and Tangling

Different types of jewelry require different storage methods. It’s important to separate your jewelry by type to prevent scratching and tangling. You can use small bags or compartments in a jewelry box to keep each piece separate. Consider using acid-free tissue paper or cloth to wrap each piece before storing it.


Store Jewelry Items Away from Sunlight and Excessive Heat

Sunlight and heat can cause your jewelry to tarnish quickly. It’s important to store your jewelry in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. You can store your jewelry in a drawer or cabinet that’s not exposed to sunlight or heat. If you store them  in a room with sunlight or heat, use a UV-blocking film on the windows. You can also use a jewelry armoire with a locking door.


Clean Jewelry Items Well Before Storing Them

Remove any dirt, oils, or other contaminants. You can use a soft-bristled brush and mild soap to clean your jewelry. Make sure to dry it thoroughly before storing it. Avoid using any abrasive cleaners or brushes that can scratch or damage your jewelry. Proper care before storing will help keep heirloom jewelry looking its best for generations to come.



For any questions about storage, call Harris Self Storage at (540) 639-1617. Follow us on Facebook and Yelp for updates and reviews. We are happy to share more information on how to store jewelry without tarnishing it.