From stylish accessories and tokens of love to family heirlooms passed down through generations, precious jewellery needs to be treated with care. This is especially the case with necklaces that have a tendency to get tangled, with the muddled mess taking a long time to fix.
Whether you’re looking to store or travel with jewellery, here are some tips on how to store necklaces without tangling them.
Before you pack
First things first. Before you start packing your necklaces, consider analysing your collection. Decluttering your home — regardless of what is being removed — has many benefits, from preventing the build-up of dust and creating more space to increasing productivity and benefitting your mental wellbeing.
Set aside any necklaces that are worn, damaged and/or not worth repairing, and those you consider unfashionable or just don’t like anymore! If you are considering packing them for a move to self-storage, take an inventory, so you know exactly what will be stored. Consider purchasing insurance for any expensive or sentimental pieces.
How to pack
In terms of how to store necklaces in a box without tangling, specially designed jewellery cases are one of the ideal packing options. They typically include sections with soft padding for cushioning, and an outside that’s constructed of a sturdy material to ensure protection. Their compartments will also separate different types of necklaces and ensure they don’t come into contact with each other.
Wrap each necklace in soft packing paper for further padding and to protect them from shifting, close and lock the box, and then wrap in a few layers of bubble wrap to protect the case itself.
Another option is using a jewellery roll — these come with a soft flap that rolls up to protect your delicate items. They also often have removable rings for attaching individual necklaces, which can avoid them tangling.
A microfibre cloth will do a similar job. Simply lay out your clasped necklaces leaving about five centimetres between each, roll up the cloth, fold the ends together and then secure each side with a rubber band. The biggest benefit of both of these options is that they’re not only convenient, they are also compact!
Trays and ziplock bags
Tray compartments, like those used for kitchen utensils or office supplies, can also be used to separate larger necklaces and pill boxes are ideal for smaller items. Individual ziplock bags can also work. In all of these instances and to prevent kinking, ensure each necklace is clasped first. Then wrap in tissue paper, soft packing paper, small microfibre cloths or even the small bags that your jeweller may have provided you when you purchased your necklace.
Pack smaller bags firmly into a larger resealable bag to keep everything together. With trays or boxes, once all of the sections are filled, wrap the entire package in bubble wrap for extra protection.
Another creative idea to keep necklaces from tangling during storage is to use drinking straws (eco-friendly of course, not plastic!). These will keep necklaces straight, protect them from damage and separate them from each other. You can cut the straw for shorter necklaces or use two straws for long necklaces.
Simply slip the chain of the necklace through the straw and clasp the ends. If you have a necklace with a pendant, slide it towards one end of the chain. You can then thread most of the chain through the straw, leaving the pendant outside of it. Then wrap all your straws in tissue or soft packing paper for extra cushioning and place them in an appropriate sized bag or box.