How to prepare precious jewelry for long-term storage

How to prepare precious jewelry for long-term storage

You have precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, palladium, titanium, tungsten, stainless steel, or diamond ready to be stored. Do your best to prevent the metals from being tarnished.

Tarnish is a thin layer of corrosion on the surface of the metal. Copper, brass, silver, and aluminum are the most common metals for corrosion to happen.

As you prepare to store your jewelry, take note of these few things.

What causes tarnish and how to prevent it


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Tarnishing usually happens when there’s a chemical reaction to the surrounding atmosphere (called oxidation). Typically oxygen or moisture causes this to happen, but other metals touching the object can cause it too.

To keep metals from becoming tarnished, there are a few things you can do:

Other (non-official) ways include:

  • Spray Polyurethane on jewelry.
  • Apply clear fingernail polish.
  • Spray Rust-oleum Gloss Crystal Clear.

How to prepare jewelry for storage — step by step


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There are a few simple points to note when it comes to storing jewelry:

First, completely separate all jewelry in air-tight containers with soft cloths so nothing is touching each other. You run the risk of metals scratching each other. Diamond could scratch gold or silver.

Second, reduce the amount of moisture in the container. Use Silica Gel packets to absorb moisture in the containers.

Third, store in a place that doesn’t have fluctuating temperatures. Tarnishing happens more often when the temperature isn’t consistent. TIP: cooler is better.

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It’s much easier to prevent tarnish than it is to clean it

If you have a few tarnished pieces then here is a way to brighten them back to their original state:

  • 1/2 vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • A foiled-lined bowl
  • A cup of boiling water

Combine everything but the water and stir until it’s no longer granular. Add water, stir, and add jewelry. Let sit overnight if needed.

Why metal turns your skin green or black and how to avoid it

Don’t worry, the color change will not harm you or your jewelry. It happens when copper has a chemical reaction to your skin.

Ways to avoid this by using clear nail polish on the jewelry and keeping skin dry. Try other rings to see if it changes the color of your fingers.

Should you get insurance to cover your jewelry?

Most policies do not cover the cost of precious jewelry and need a separate policy.

It’s best to contact your insurance company to talk about a policy plan that’s best for you.

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