How to Store Your Child’s Jewelry to Keep Her Jewelry Safe
Storing your children’s jewelry doesn’t have to be a complicated process. It simply involves giving your children some guidelines on how to keep their jewelry safe and secure to prevent it from being damaged, lost, or stolen.
How should children’s jewelry be stored to forego unforeseen problems? Here are a few ideas to do just that.
Why Keepsake Jewelry Should be Cared For
Keepsake jewelry should be cared for to protect its value and integrity. It’s important to explain to children the significance and value of jewelry pieces. They need to know that any pieces given to them by family or friends as well as any pieces handed down to them through a grandparent, great-grandparent or other family members from long ago are important reminders of that person’s life. Children need to know how important a jewelry piece is, whether it was great-grandma’s cameo necklace or Uncle George’s pocket watch, or even their own sterling silver baby bracelet or gold ring. They need to understand that there is personal affection attached to the piece in order to realize its value and importance.
Ask your child how they would feel about damaging or losing the birthstone necklace they saved for and purchased themselves. That discussion will better equip a child to understand the importance of other jewelry they are given or purchase themselves. Once a child understands the significance, they will better grasp how important it is to store and protect all jewelry items carefully.
How to Store Jewelry
All children’s jewelry should be stored in a dry and clean place. Moisture can damage fine and even costume jewelry. A jewelry container can be an actual jewelry box or case that is lined with soft fabric that may have several sections for placement of different kinds of jewelry. A child might even like to make and decorate their own special jewelry box, but any items stored in it should be wrapped in tissue paper or kept in their original cloth pouches or containers. Self-contained fabric pouches help stop scratches and movement while other types of containers will have anti-tarnish features that will keep the piece looking new.
How to Store Pearl Jewelry
Pearl jewelry should be stored carefully to prevent damage to the pearl. Keep all pearl jewelry away from direct sunlight or dry conditions, as pearls will crack and peel if exposed to dry conditions for a prolonged period. Never store pearls in a safety deposit box or an airtight container, as pearls need moisture from the air to stay lustrous. Store pearl jewelry away from all other jewelry items to prevent the pearl(s) from being scratched.
How to Store Gold Jewelry
Gold jewelry should be stored carefully, like all jewelry. Store gold in a soft-lined jewelry box away from other jewelry items to prevent damage to gold. Karat gold is durable but can be scratched with improper storage or care.
How to Store Silver Jewelry
Silver jewelry should be stored as carefully as gold jewelry—store silver necklaces on a hook within an upright jewelry box. Store silver rings, earrings, and bracelets in the appropriate compartments within a soft-lined jewelry box to prevent jewelry items from abrading each other. Sterling silver does tarnish unless stored in an airtight container, however, if a silver necklace contains an opal pendant you will want to store that silver opal birthstone necklace out of an airtight container to prevent the opal gemstone from cracking. Given that sterling silver jewelry can be cleaned with mild liquid soap and water it is not necessary to store sterling jewelry in an airtight container to prevent tarnish.
How to Prevent Loss
In order to decrease the chances of lost or stolen jewelry, any or all pieces can be stored in a safety deposit box or a home safe. Just with your own jewelry, a child’s jewelry should also be securely stored as well as insured, particularly if there are pieces that are irreplaceable or are extremely valuable. A home alarm system is another way to help prevent theft and vandalism of jewelry. If your children are older, they should know the on and off codes for the alarm, whether it’s for the entire house or a home safe. Taking pictures and keeping an inventory list and description of each item is also valuable, particularly when it comes to filing an insurance claim or notifying the police.
Properly storing and protecting your children’s jewelry is important. If they realize the significance of the pieces they have, they will better understand why their jewelry needs to be kept in a safe and secure place to prevent damage, loss or theft. These few guidelines for storage and loss prevention should be part of a family procedure that instills not only appreciation of fine jewelry but overall safety awareness when it comes to caring for valuable items.