The time has come for the minute packing to begin. We are also on our second round of purging, and I’ve finally decided to get rid of the large jewelry chest I’ve had for over 8 years. It’s still very pretty, but after moving it across the country a few times, I’ve decided that it’s too much hassle (the sides are made of glass) and I’d also like a fresh start.
I’ve been considering making a few jewelry holders to hang on the wall. I figure that if I see all the jewelry laid out, I might actually wear it more often? Does this work for anyone else?
Anyways, it’s come time to pack my jewelry away for the move. Despite all of the moves I’ve done in my adult life (this is the 8th!), I’ve never figured out how to pack my necklaces without getting them all tangled. One time I bagged each one individually in a sandwich bag, but that was tedious and didn’t really help it from getting tangled with itself. I saw a few ideas on Pinterest, but then suddenly realized that I could imitate the way that manufacturers package theirs!
Enter: a $1 pack of index cards. I sliced two diagonal lines at the top of each card and slid the necklace through, centering it on the front of the card.
I then turned the card over and taped up the slack. End of story!
I suppose that this might not be a way to transport really expensive jewelry. Luckily (?) I don’t have this problem. Sure, I have nice-er jewelry, but it’s not really expensive– more, sentimental. Take this 14k gold amethyst necklace. I got it at a small village in rural England, while antique shopping with my roommate. It’s from 16th century England!
Or this white gold/diamond necklace that I wore for my wedding. Due to a pregnancy-induced nickel allergy, I can no longer wear white gold, but I am definitely saving this for my daughter someday.
I was even able to use index cards for all of my earrings! Notice, I found matching 14k amethyst earrings to match the necklace! We were in a different antique store in Paris when I found them. I think I must’ve only paid around 40 euros for 300 year old earrings!
Am I the only one who’s just now learned how to pack and organize jewelry?
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