It can seem like a daunting task to put all of your precious jewelry in a freezer.
But experts say freezing your jewelry can help preserve its beauty and even save money.
“You don’t have to throw the thing away, just store it in a separate room,” says Janice Lecours, a senior jewelry buyer for the U.S. jewelry retailer Tiffany & Lecour.
“If you store it properly, you can keep it and be confident that the quality of the piece is going to last for a long time.”
Lecours is one of the experts who recommends keeping jewelry in storage to preserve its quality.
The storage can help protect the jewelry from the elements and prevent damage, but it’s also a cost-saving option for most people.
“It can cost you about $5 to $10 a month to keep jewelry in store, so it’s not a big deal to put it away,” she says.
Lecour recommends storing your jewelry away in a plastic bag and wrapping it in wax paper or a cloth bag for the first two months to help prevent damage.
After that, she recommends wrapping it again and storing it in an airtight plastic bag.
Lacours suggests wrapping the jewelry in wax or a plastic grocery bag for three months to keep the plastic from rusting.
She says a small amount of wax can be used to seal the jewelry, but that’s not needed for the most delicate pieces.
“We keep our jewelry in plastic bags, so if we get in a storm, we can use that,” she explains.
“I do store it at home in my car, and it’s a small thing to keep it in my pocket.
I don’t put it in the microwave, so I can just take it out and put it on the counter.”
To preserve the jewelry’s quality and its natural patina, Lacours says she always wraps the jewelry before storing it.
“If I get it cold, I don: Put it in water or in a cool place,” she advises.
“I do it because I think it keeps the jewelry beautiful.”
Lacour also recommends keeping your jewelry cold for up to a week, but she doesn’t recommend wrapping it for that long.
“The wax doesn’t help, because the plastic is brittle,” she notes.
“Some of the best quality pieces are in the first three months.
But if you get it in that cold, you have to put in more wax or wrap it again.
It’s not worth it.”
Lekara and Lecoup are also experts on jewelry storage.
Lekara advises storing your pieces in a bag and keeping it in airtight containers.
Lecoutes advice is to store your jewelry at home or in an oil-proof container for up, three to four months.
“When I do store my jewelry in my closet, I do wrap it in paper and put a piece of wax on it.
It keeps the wax from oxidizing,” she points out.”
And if I get in an accident, it’s okay, because I’ve sealed the bag and I’m still keeping the wax and the bag is safe.”
She says that for the jewelry she keeps in her car, the wax can keep the jewelry warm, so that it won’t melt and crack.
“As long as you seal the bag, it keeps it cool, so no melting or cracking,” she states.
Lekaras best advice is not to store jewelry in cold weather.
Lettuce and a little plastic wrap are fine, but her advice is always to keep your jewelry warmer than room temperature.
Lack of storage space can also affect the quality and appearance of your jewelry.
“Wearing your jewelry as it should be in its original condition can look really nice, but in storage, it can lose its natural beauty,” says Lacour.
Lacking space can mean you can’t store your pieces correctly and lose them.
“To store jewelry properly, the pieces need to be at least four inches apart,” says Lecoures.
“But if you have a lot of jewelry in one bag, and then you’re not using all of it, it will get too much of a hold on it.”
“If it is the perfect shape, it doesn’t need to go into a storage bin,” she adds.
“The pieces should be kept in the same place.”
You can store jewelry for up and up, but a good rule of thumb is to not store it for more than two months, says Lekar as to not cause problems.
Lekingar recommends storing jewelry in its natural state, not in a box or something that could damage it.
If you need help keeping your precious jewellery in good condition, Lekars jewelry specialist, Lacour, is a certified jeweler and she offers her clients a free, one-on-one consultation to help ensure that your jewelry is in its best condition possible.