Storing Items the Smart Way

2 Tips To Prevent Gemstone Jewelry From Changing Color While In Storage

by Timmothy Pena

If you collect jewelry, then it can be easy to amass a small collection of pieces within a short amount of time. This is even truer when it comes to gemstone jewelry. A variety of different pieces can be created from gemstones, therefore, this makes them incredibly popular. In addition, this makes it easy to run out of space to store all of your pieces. If you do find yourself short on space, then renting a storage unit is the next best thing. While in storage, gemstone jewelry can undergo a color change. This is usually due to improper storing practices. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use in order to prevent your gemstone pieces from changing color.

Rent a Temperature Controlled Unit

If you live in a location that experiences high temperatures regularly, then your storage unit will most likely overheat. This causes the items in your storage unit to heat up as well. Gemstones react to heat in different ways. One of the most common responses to heat is a change in color. Your favorite gemstone jewelry may end up getting lighter, darker or taking on an entirely new shade. In order to prevent this, you need to place your jewelry in a temperature controlled unit. You will be able to keep the unit cool and at your desired temperature. Temperature units usually cost an additional monthly fee but the additional costs are worth the added layer of protection it gives your jewelry.

Avoid Wrapping Your Pieces in Plastic 

Wrapping up items before placing them in storage is often the go to storage solution. This is commonly done because plastic is easily accessible and affordable. However, plastic will create a humid environment that causes items to overheat and sweat. If your gemstone jewelry is wrapped in plastic, then it might undergo a color change. In order to prevent this, you should consider using cloth. Cloth gives your jewelry room to breathe and allows air to flow between the fabric and jewelry pieces. You can pick up jewelry storing cloth in your local home improvement store or a crafts store in your neighborhood. Cloth is also good for protecting pieces from dust and moisture.

The last thing you want to do is take your pieces out of storage and they look completely different. Therefore, use these tips to help preserve the shade of your gemstone jewelry. For more information or assistance, contact companies like All American Mini Storage.