I'm not a massive jewellery person. I have a few nice pieces given to me by the Mister or my parents, but mostly I just own costume jewellery. That said, my jewellery box has been a mess ever since we moved here 3 years ago. I hadn't intended for it to get packed with the rest of our things, but ... well, you know how moves go ... and it got all sort of jumbled together.
Anyhow, I had bits and pieces all over the place. I've also been lucky enough to inherit a fair bit of "family heirlooms" - nothing terribly valuable, but all very sentimental. The problem was that I couldn't remember where/who some of it came from - so I wanted to get the details from my mom and have some sort of record of that. Also, I had some jewellery for my own children that I'm holding on to (Christening bracelets, baby rings, etc.)
I was given this jewellery box when my grandmother passed away in 1981. I have 2 other smaller ones as well. So, the idea was to sort and categorize. So I put everything out on the kitchen table and got sorting.
Some pieces required cleaning - like the ring in the orange box above. It's my grandfather's signet ring ... and it's actually silver. At least now it is!
After several calls to my Mom, I was able to get a few questions answered about where some things came from. Then I put the pieces in individual baggies - these will also help things from tarnishing too quickly.
These little bags are also great for keeping necklaces from tangling. I kept aside a few things that need repairing - a broken necklace from the Mister, a watch that needs a new battery, a ring that needs to be resized.
I even came across my children's first tooth (is that strange?) - and thought I'd better label them since I was the only person in the world who knew which was which.
Even with the stuff I actually wear, if there was a story behind it, I labelled the bag. For example, the pearl earrings above are the ones I wore when I got married. And the gold hoops were a gift from the Mister for our first anniversary.
And then I sorted - this box is for all of the old family pieces that I don't wear - my childhood charm bracelet, my Mom's baby locket, etc.
This box holds pieces that actually belong to my children. The kids are pretty responsible, but I still wouldn't want to lose any of these things - I'm very sentimental that way! (And if you look closely at the picture above, you'll notice that I even have our dog's first tooth - and I swear to you that I'm not actually crazy).
And this box is for the pieces I actually wear - minus the stuff that's going to be repaired.
You'll notice that I even bagged some stuff that has no huge sentimental value - it really just helps to keep the chains from tangling.
So nice and tidy now. And I actually discovered a few things I'd forgotten about.
From this ... to this!
Have you tackled any nagging organization projects lately?