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11 May 2008 @ 12:11 am
Long Necklace Storage.  
A few days (weeks? I don't know) ago I accidentally knocked over my jewelry box in the course of my mad rush out of the door. I'm just now getting around to picking up the mess. As I sat untangling my 2 foot long strand of pearls, I thought, "I've spent more time untangling this bitch than I have wearing it."

I'm looking for storage ideas for LONG necklaces. I favor thin seed beads and it's become a problem. I also tend to forget I own pieces that will coordinate with most of my outfits already, so I'll buy pieces and then have to find a place for them in my currently crowded jewelry mini-armoire. I don't have a TON of jewelry, but I have enough to be irritating.

I'm looking for something that has room for necklaces, bracelets/watches, and rings mainly; I have magnificent, tasteful earring storage already, thanks to a friend. If I could find something more modern and less like grandma's treasure chest, that would be great. No offense to grandma (or anyone who may have taste like her), but I'm not really into antique-y looking stuff.

I've been scouring the internet, but all I've come up with thus far is stuff that looks like this:

And that is not what I want.

Cute homemade ideas are welcome, too. As I said, my earring holder was made by a friend; it's very simple, just a piece of lace super glued inside of a panoramic-style photo frame, but the idea works perfectly and I have dozens of pairs of earring stored on there.

Any ideas?? Thanks in adavance.
Heidisioneva on May 11th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
I have yet to find a jewelry box I liked that fit long necklaces.

What I've had the most success with was an expandable wall hook like this one. You could also put nails into a board and decorate it in whatever style you want, attach cupboard door knobs to a board and decorate, etc. and hang that on the wall and so forth.

that's what she said1999 on May 11th, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
Ugh! I was afraid you'd say that. I just wanted something pretty (and pre-made, and cheap) and designed for that specific purpose.

Thanks =)
Heidisioneva on May 11th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
There are other wall hooks like that that aren't as "traditional" in and, frankly, even buying one you don't particularly love is cheap enough that it'll keep your necklaces tidy while you find/make whatever else you love that works better!
THese are not my monkeys… this is not my circus…wldrose on May 11th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
if you buy a piece of poster sized foam core and cover it with nice fabric all you need is some T pins to make a nice storage display board for long neclaces I use one at the top and one at the bottem per necklace to keep them from tangling. this is cheap and easy to do as well as good looking

that's what she said1999 on May 11th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
This sounds doable. Thanks for the tip.
If you can dodge a wrench...devina on May 11th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
In that vein, but less DIY, I might try looking at French memo boards.
Meriallbantiarna on May 11th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
That is what I was going to suggest but take it a tiny step further by saying to use the long necklaces as frames on the board. Put up small decorative pins in a square and loop the necklaces around them to form boxes on your board, then use them to highlight other pieces of jewelry mounted inside. This would be a great and decorative way to keep sets together.
SEQUINSpretty492 on May 11th, 2008 08:08 am (UTC)
My first suggestion is a cheapy tie hanger, http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=13537437 My second suggestion my be a little much for anyone whose closet isn't already an outlet for their ocd but, what about grouping your tops and dresses so that like items are near each other and hanging the coordinating necklace on the first hanger of the item in that group? Like putting all your turquoise tops and dresses together and putting the coordinating necklaces on a hanger with them.
Pa-Widdy!anney on May 11th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
ditto to the tie hanger!
Caitlin: Cadbury Creme Eggkiffany on May 11th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
I just got an ordinary jewellery box, then put my necklaces inside zip-loc bags and stored them all in there. I have a lot of necklaces too, and that was a pretty cheap and effective solution for me.
mamma_fire_bear: Bearmamma_fire_bear on May 11th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
I second this one.
that's what she said1999 on May 11th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
That doesn't really address the problem of tangling, though.
mamma_fire_bear: apple starmamma_fire_bear on May 12th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
if you need to keep it from tangling in and on it's self then I would wrap it in tissue or toilet paper before putting it in the bag. A label and/ or pic would be helpful in those cases.
Deaniedeanne on May 11th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
I have a nice wall hook for belts I use for all my long necklaces so if the problem with the expandable one someone else posted is it's ugly then look around Target and Container store for a nice one that doesn't expand. I stick mine inside my walk in closet so no one sees it but me because really all those funky necklaces hanging still look cluttered to me and don't really go with the decor of any bedroom IMO.
Mandamanda1126 on May 11th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
my mother in law bought what looked like a full length mirror off of QVC or HSN, but the mirror opened up like a door and it was a massive jewelry box on the inside...places and pockets for everything.
i have not done a search, but you might wanna check out there...
Mandamanda1126 on May 11th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
i am guessing that was a link to what i was talking about...but it is not showing up...but yes, if you do a search for "jewelry box" it is the first to show up.
meggykrzdweasel on May 11th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
oh man, i think i may be in love with that.
noneofyourbusinessyumcheesy on March 3rd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
i want that so bad!
shiny_jen on May 11th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
I have something similar to these and they're awesome

Mandamanda1126 on May 11th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
what about a long flat coat rack that is meant to be put on the wall...with pegs or nails coming out. you could get a long flat board, paint it how you want and put whatever embellishments on it, add tacks or nails and place on wall...
Mandamanda1126 on May 11th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
or get those little craft boxes meant to store beads or small craft items and have a spot for each necklace...

sorry so many comments from me, i am having quick ideas at different times.
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juliecurieuse on May 11th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
I do a cork board with pretty pearl-head pins. It's fun because it's 80% jewelry and 20% random ticket stubs and virgin-mary cards and things I think are pretty. It's leaning against the wall on top of a half-size bookcase with a candlabra in front of it and it makes me happy.
aeryn on May 11th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
My mom has this for her necklaces and now I have the same:

I like it because it keeps them protected and I can put it on top of my bookcase away from my curious and destructive cat!

If you have REALLY long necklaces you might have to loop them twice.

i'm not really meladyartemisa on May 11th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
i have this too and i love it.
Caraxandara on May 11th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Would it be too far-fetched to suggest plain hooks on your wall for the long necklaces? That way your necklaces would be out so you can see them instead of forgetting about them, and you could place the hooks above a dresser or somewhere kind of high up but not so high you can't reach them, and then they'd be like room decor as well! :)

For rings and watches and bracelets, you could get a piece of pretty ribbon and hang it horizontally, and either slip them directly onto the ribbon or use another small piece of ribbon to tie them on it. Same idea as above, really, to show it off as well as store it.
Miss Spiritual Tramp of 1948mischiefmydear on May 11th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
I've been contemplating buying one of these for my regular necklaces: Hanging Jewelry Box.

Perhaps you could contact the seller to make a larger one, or you could double the necklace so they would fit?
ozreison on May 11th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who took a cork board, and put a pretty (but un-wearable for her) sweater over it, tucking the arms and neck to the back and pinning them in place. She then found some pretty tacks. pins, etc that would stick into the cork, but have enough protruding to make little hanging spots for the necklaces. She then attached this to a wall. She can also put all her broaches and pins on it as well, so it organises all her bulky stuff into one spot, and is really quite decorative and eye-catching as well.
[ Vital Aeon ]vitalaeon on May 12th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Just reading other comments
Ooh I like this idea!

I may do that just for my mail and photos.
The Guerrilla Aesthetegrrillaesthete on May 11th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
I have a wooden tool chest (like this one: http://www.gerstnerusa.com/toolchests/42.htm) In the bottom of each drawer, I cut 7mil Foamies to fit (which is available in sheets at any craft store). I took each necklace and pinned it with pushpins on either side, if it's long, I loop it around itself. It works great for seed bead and chain type necklaces. Keeps everything sorted, and is cute while not being too jewelery boxy.
lapennlapenn on May 12th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
This is an excellent call. You're supposed to store stringed necklaces (that means all the beaded stuff and anything with a non-metal chain) flat so that they don't stretch out over time. I don't have something as fancy as the above, but I do keep all my long necklaces in long, thin cardboard boxes. I don't have too many, so I'm easily able to keep track of what I do have, but labeling or drawers like this would likely help.
icolor_so_loud on May 12th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
[ Vital Aeon ]vitalaeon on May 12th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
I have a shelf that I don't really care for. I put hooks on the underside of it and just let my necklaces dangle from it. If you have a variety of necklaces, it's sort of a nifty little art piece too.
Smosmobear on May 12th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
I hang mine on the doorknobs of the door that links my closet to my bathroom (which I never open... who needs access to the bathroom from the closet!?). If you have doors you don't use frequently, it might work... I learned the hard way though not to hang my necklaces on doors that are frequently opened and shut because one day I went to shut a door, the necklace got stuck in between , it broke, and I had beads from one necklace and pearls from another all over the floor. I'm still finding them scattered around my apartment to this day. :-X