How I store jewellery

Inadvertently, I think I’ve established by now that I am a hoarder of sorts. I remember when I collected crayons and it was my absolute dream to own every single colour imaginable! Shoutout to those enormous Crayola sets! My mom suggested getting into watercolours might be a better idea since you can make your own. Nope, I stuck to the crayons because there was an aspect to collecting that I obviously preferred.

Makeup and skincare came much later but inbetween I’ve always collected jewellery and pretty boxes to house them. It’s not the most organised or efficient way to do so, but I have a ranking system to sort things and I’m now way better at detangling necklaces in a rush.

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This is another of my I’m-not-sure-why-I’m-posting-this kind of posts. I’ve always liked having decorative boxes to keep things. I was gifted a hand made wooden box by my grandfather to store bits and bobs. I was probably 7 or 8 at the time and I decorated the beauty out of it but for a long time I was always weirdly fascinated by it. Since then I’ve loved collecting tiny boxes to house my jewellery collection. This is all I have, probably since I was 12.

The brown oval box was a purchase that made me feel like a grown up at the time as I was 13 or 14 when I picked it out. The owl clasp, the indigo velvet and tiny size all felt very sophisticated to me. Since then it’s carried all my smaller stud earrings. You’ll pretty much find one in every colour in there. It can be a nightmare to dig through it but it’s been this way for so long, I don’t feel like changing it.

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The next two hold combinations of necklaces and larger earrings that I like wearing regularly but not everyday. Cool toned or silver jewellery goes in the white box while gold and rose gold ones go in the beige one. Both have very similar work on the box which is rather common but it really brings me joy to use them. The Bombay Store is my haunt when I need to pick gifts for clients and the sort at work. I always lurk in the “tiny boxes” section and pick out stuff for them and occasionally myself as well!

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For necklaces I wear nearly everyday, this tiny white stone box with pink stone work is perfect to just fit 2-3. Helps me limit my choices as well. I actually found this at the touristy gift store at Jaipur Airport and the price was a complete rip off but I had never seen one in pink before! The ones blue, orange and green work I have above are a lot more common.

To end the post, I have something I discovered more recently when I was paying a last visit to my soon-to-be-redeveloped flat in Bombay. My grandparents lived there as well and there were a lot of things we had to give away. Buried under a heap of wires was this box which I had never seen before. My grandmother is no more so I couldn’t ask her, no one in my family had seen it before either. It’s just nice to have something that was possibly given to her. My mom and I are trying to look up ways to restore it properly, but for now, it houses rings, bracelets and rather large earrings which I rarely use.

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I hope all of you are doing well. It’s been a busy month with wedding prep, travel and opening at new office at work. Things are more calm now but I’m starting to get that feeling now that time is passing really quickly. It’s already mid August and I’m yet to do so many things.

  • These boxes are way too pretty, but they are not for me. Whenever I put my jewelry away, I stop wearing it. I need to have it on full display to maybe remember to put it on.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Haha, like I said, it’s not the most efficient way to store jewellry. In this case I chose pretty over logic.

  • I’ve always wondered how people store their jewellery when they don’t have one of those big jewellery armoires!
    Kathy x

    • I admire how people store it all organized, necklaces hanging, rings all separate. Mine is a bit of chaos but it works. I somehow know where everything is.

  • i now want pretty vintage boxes like these to store my jewellery! this year is flying by so quickly -_-

    Aditi |

    • I know, it’s almost October. The last 3-4 months have *really* gone by quickly.
      Fair warning, though, storing it in boxes also means it all becomes a bit chaotic. xx

  • Those boxes are both beautiful and adorable in one. The one you just got is super Interesting. Really liked this type of post!

    • Thanks Lauren, that’s so kind! I thought I’d share something else I hoard for a change! xx

  • I am never one who collects jewellery but I love reading this post. The last box is definitely the one that called out to me the most, it’s a beautiful antique box and I love that it’s from your grandmother.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I was so surprised when I found it because I just couldn’t recall seeing it before. My grandmother usually wore finer jewellery which is always stored in a safe or locker so I guess there wasn’t much use for this. But I’m so glad she kept it, I love having it around.

  • Pretty photos, the detailing of the jewellery boxes are really pretty! I didn’t expect the last box to have three tiers, it is such a gem in your beautiful collection!

    • Basically my reaction when I found them, what a surprise! Oddly, it reminds me of some elaborate pencil cases that were trendy when I was in school, three tiers!

  • Hao

    These boxes are so cute! I’ve been using small trays, but everything keeps falling off of them since I have too much. i should probably get some boxes instead haha

    • Another reason for storing them in boxes instead of having them out in the open is because there is just so much dust that collects here. Displaying it is just not worth the constant clean up it would need.

  • Such cute boxes! 😀 I keep everything in plastic tool boxes. Ya know, the ones you keep nails and stuff in, with all the different compartments?

    • That makes total sense. I chose pretty over logic here. 😉

  • I just realised I have nowhere to store my jewellery when I move to my UK room! Haha! I think a few trinket trays would be great. I love the antique designs but I think I would love to find something with clear design <3

    xx BASH |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

    • Ohh you should hit Muji when you get there, they have really good clear storage with inserts.

  • These little trinket boxes are super cute with gorgeous vintage designs to them. I have a bigger jewellery box with 3 different drawers for mine but it still doesn’t stop necklaces from tangling x

    Beauty with charm

  • These jewellery boxes are amazing, no wonder why you collect them! The last box is my favourite, it is antique and looks so different than the others!

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Thanks Ela! I feel so lucky to find it, it could have easily been missed and ended up elsewhere!

  • Oh wow, your boxes are all beautiful, but especially that last one that folds out! And because you’re not quite sure but it could have been sentimental or at least owned by your grandmother. I really don’t wear much jewellery but I do keep my grandmother’s engagement ring in a small silver dish that my mum found for me recently that used to belong to my great grandmother. Whether it’s efficient or not, it’s lovely to keep small, sentimental items in something pretty because that’s what you’re meant to do with something you treasure. 🙂

    • You’re so right, it just feels good to have them around because it’s something you’ve had forever. There are a lot of memories attached to it, even if it’s just a box.

  • I love little boxes like these too, but never let myself get any b/c I never know what to put in them. Your collection is really pretty, especially that last find!

  • Damselcode

    Really loved the last box, Looks very cute when opened up 🙂


  • Aditi

    This is such a beautiful post! The grandma part really got me :’) I am so happy to have found your blog!