96 Years of Jewelry

For a senior who grew up in the depression era holding on to things is a survival tactic.  Unfortunately these days it costs less to buy new than repair old.  Family and friends abound who are gifting earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pins and more.  This kind of combination makes for what is well known in the industry;  a senior living in a huge house filled with things.  The acquisition of things outgrows the storage capacity and soon things are piled on top of things and mixed with other things making their use impossible negating any frugality held in mind holding on to it all.  

The mounds can become a fine wardrobe resource if organized.  Silver and gold pieces can be selected for optimizing outfit matching, sentimental pins from passed family members can be found and complete earring, necklace and bracelet sets can be found to coordinate with colors of clothing.  More valuable pieces can be stored in a place less obvious in case of someone who doesn’t belong entering the house.  Post and french earrings can be grouped by stone color, metal or funkiness.

In this home I found antique glass containers that kept in decor to the surroundings but were being unused and on display only.  I used these to hold necklaces in the little drawer of the jewelry stand so that the beads could be identified even though burrowed in the back end of the drawer.  Otherwise the cardboard boxes that were storing jewelry we reused but put the tops under the bottoms so that the jewelry was instantly viewable upon opening the drawer without having too open up the boxes guessing where that particular set wanted was.

In the photo above the left drawer holds the necklaces.  The drawer on the right holds sets.  The open case on top of the table to the right holds stud earrings organized by metal and color of stone.  The middle contraption is for hanging French earrings also organized by metal and then color of stone.  The box to the left holds pins and other miscellaneous things that aren’t used as often but are wanted for memory purposes.

There are a couple of sweet china dishes that were being stored away in a cabinet in the center to hold currently often used items and maybe a bracelet made by a great granddaughter that isn’t worn but is nice to see daily.  Finally, barely seen in the photo is a standing “necklace woman” holding silver and gold chains with minimal other beading.  These necklaces would be easily lost if stored in the drawer with the bigger beaded necklaces.

At the end of it all we find quite a few misfits that have lost their partner earring.  Some are gold and silver which can be turned into cash given the high rate of price for the metals currently.  Those that aren’t a precious metal but hold a memory can be given to an artist to be made into a pin in which all these memories can be seen in one glance of your lapel.  Also there may be things that are of value but are no longer worn.  This could be  to an appropriate friend or family member.

With the accessorizing tools organized a more complete and polished presentation is possible.

Jewelry organization tools I liked:


This allows for easy access providing you don’t put one necklace or bracelet on top of another. It also allows you to close it up to keep a clean and neat appearance in your space.  Though the interior paper of this example is pretty it is not conducive to quick ID of each piece-it is visually confusing so I would recommend painting the inside or repapering it with a solid light color if you buy it.  If you have a handy person make it you can choose better customize it re size and kind of jewelry needing to store (maybe you have no earrings just necklaces and bracelets). Also the outside mirror makes a room look bigger.

Also a jewelry tray to put into a drawer near where you put together your outfits is useful.


As long as you keep each piece alone in its own space you will not run into problems using them. It’s only when you pile too many together that using them becomes a chore, and we all know how much fun chores are.

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