Welcome to grace + hudson! I'm so happy you joined me on launch day! In all of my business research and prep work to launch g+h, I noticed that no one is blogging really well about jewelry. So, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the first ever blog post on the g+h jewelry blog. Here, I'll introduce you to other fabulous jewelry brands (it might be hard to believe, but I don't *always* wear gold + dainty jewelry!), teach you how to care for your jewelry, provide you with styling tips, educate you on all those fancy metal names you may see when browsing jewelry, how to pick the right piece of jewelry for a formal event, among other things. First up though, is the one simple step you can take to preserve the life (and shine!) of your jewelry.
I've been making jewelry for nearly 10 years now, and I used to own a small jewelry boutique in New Jersey, where I'm from originally. One question I always get is: what can I do to preserve the shine of my jewelry and care for it the right way? The single practice that can prolong the shine of your jewelry is so simple you'll wonder how you missed this information before - store it in a jewelry box. No, jewelry boxes aren't just home accents for the top of your dresser, or just pretty gifts exchanged between girlfriends. Rather, the entire concept of a jewelry box is to minimize your jewelry's exposure to air. Air exposure causes any metal, whether a piece of jewelry or a pipe under your kitchen sink, to lose its luster over time. So, storing your jewelry in a box is the most effective step you can take to preserve the life of your jewelry. And aren't you glad it takes no time at all?
Now for the important question - where can you find yourself a stylish jewelry box? If you're like me, you probably remember being gifted more than one jewelry box when you were little from your mama or grandmama (I distinctly remember one that was blue velvet - yes, we've got an 80's baby over here). But you probably can't remember the last time you saw one out shopping. It's been a while since I bought a jewelry box too, so I did a little shopping around for you, and linked my two favorites. If you're looking to add a little glam to the top of your bedroom dresser, go for the West Elm glass box. It is so pretty in person (and I actually use these boxes when I display my jewelry for sale!). You can find them here. If, however, you are looking for a jewelry box that will neatly store away in your closet or dresser drawer, go for the Vlando Jewelry Boxes (they come in a ton of colors, too). These babies are so cheap, but trust me they feel quality in person. You can even get them with Amazon Prime here, woohoo!
This is also the reason I'm including these really pretty suede jewelry pouches with every purchase! Use it for travel, pop it in your gym bag, or store your jewelry in it everyday. Enjoy your jewelry, loves!