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How to Pack Jewelry the Right Way

on Jan 10, 2024

Picture this: You're all set for that dream vacation or the big move to a new home, and then it hits you—how on earth do you pack your precious, oh-so-tangle-able jewels? The answer isn't just throwing them haphazardly into a bag (been there, done that, got the knotted necklace as a souvenir). 

Why pack jewelry properly, you ask? Well, aside from the obvious heartbreak of damaged or lost treasures, there's also the sneaky risk of theft. 

If you want to learn how to pack jewelry for moving, you’ve come to the right place! And for the cherry on top, we’ve got some creative ideas that'll make packing jewelry seem like a cakewalk. 

Let’s dive in!

Why is it Important to Properly Pack Your Jewelry? 

Properly packing your jewelry isn't just about keeping your treasures safe; it's about preserving memories and value. Each piece, whether a family heirloom or a shiny new trinket, tells a story and deserves protection.

Damage Prevention

Jewelry, especially fine pieces, can be surprisingly delicate. The risk of damage primarily comes from two sources: physical impact and abrasion. When left loose, jewelry can easily get jostled and bumped during travel. 

This can lead to bent metal, loosened gemstone settings, and even chipped stones. Moreover, different jewelry materials rubbing against each other can cause scratches and wear, particularly to softer metals like gold or gemstones like opals. 

Proper packing counters these risks by immobilizing your jewelry and providing a soft, protective barrier.

Making Sure Your Jewelry Doesn’t Get Lost

It's a miniature heart attack, isn’t it? Reaching for your grandmother’s vintage brooch only to find it missing. Proper packing is like a GPS for your gems. By organizing your jewelry neatly, each piece has its designated spot, reducing the chance of losing these small yet significant items. 

It’s about creating a minimap in your luggage where every treasure has its place, easily found and less likely to take a solo adventure into the abyss of lost items.

Theft Prevention

In the U.S., a burglary occurs every 22.6 seconds, and jewelry is often targeted due to its high value and ease of transport. Proper packing can be a clever disguise against prying eyes. By packing jewelry in unassuming containers or hidden compartments, you're adding an extra layer of security. 

How to Pack Jewelry for Travel

How to pack jewelry for travel

1. Selecting the Right Jewelry

Before packing, consider your itinerary and choose pieces that are versatile and complement multiple outfits. This could mean selecting a statement necklace that transitions from day to night or a set of simple studs that match everything.

2. Preparing the Jewelry for Packing

Clean your jewelry to prevent tarnishing and inspect for any loose stones or clasps that might need fixing. This step is crucial to avoid damage during travel.

  • Gold: Mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water. Soak the gold jewelry for 15 minutes, gently scrub with a soft-bristle brush, rinse under running water, and pat dry with a soft cloth.
  • Silver: Use a silver polishing cloth or make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply gently, rinse, and dry.
  • Gemstones: Soak in warm soapy water, then clean with a soft brush. Rinse and dry.
  • Pearls: Wipe gently with a damp cloth; avoid soaking as it can weaken the string.

Learn more how to clean diamond jewelry in this article: "How to Clean Diamond Jewelry: The Ultimate Guide".

3. Choosing the Right Containers

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  • Jewelry Rolls and Cases: For a compact and organized approach, invest in a jewelry roll or a travel jewelry case. These often feature individual compartments for different types of jewelry, providing both organization and protection.
  • Alternative Containers: If a jewelry roll isn't available, small zippered pouches, mint tins with cotton padding, or even daily pill organizers can serve as makeshift jewelry containers. The key is to have something that provides individual compartments to avoid tangling and damage.

4. Packing Necklaces

How to pack jewelry

  • Using Straws or Cardboard Rolls: Thread delicate necklaces through straws or larger necklaces through paper towel rolls. This prevents tangling. For extra protection, wrap each straw-covered necklace in tissue paper.
  • Separation is Key: Pack each necklace separately to avoid entanglement. If using a jewelry roll, secure each necklace in its individual compartment.

5. Packing Earrings and Rings

For earrings, use buttons to pair up studs or small foam pieces for dangling earrings. This keeps pairs together and prevents loss. You can use pillboxes or small zippered bags for rings and small earrings. Each piece or pair should have its own section to prevent scratching and loss.

Use zippered bag for jewelry packaging

6. Packing Bracelets and Watches

Wrap bracelets and watches in soft cloth or tissue paper before placing them in your container of choice. This prevents scratches and keeps them secure during travel.

7. Choosing the Right Luggage

Always pack your jewelry in your carry-on luggage. Not only does this reduce the risk of loss or theft, but the gentler handling of carry-on luggage minimizes the chance of damage. Furthermore, ensure your jewelry is easily accessible for security checks, but also secure enough that it won't fall out or get stolen. A travel jewelry case with a secure closure is ideal for this purpose.

8. At the Security Checkpoint

Be ready to show your jewelry at security checkpoints. Keep your jewelry case in an easily accessible part of your carry-on to streamline this process.

9. In Transit

Keep your carry-on with your jewelry close at all times. If you need to take a nap at the airport or on the plane, make sure your carry-on is secure and preferably attached to you in some way.

10. Upon Arrival

Once you reach your destination, store your jewelry in a hotel safe when not wearing it. If a safe isn't available, keep your jewelry hidden and locked in your luggage.

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Bonus Tips for Packing Jewelry for Travel

  • Less is More: Avoid overpacking jewelry. Stick to a few versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched.
  • Document Your Jewelry: Take photos of your jewelry before packing. This can be helpful in case of loss or theft.
  • Insurance: Ensure that your travel insurance covers your jewelry, especially if you're carrying valuable pieces.
  • Adapt and Overcome: If you find yourself without proper jewelry packing tools, improvise with household items like kitchen wrap or small cloth pouches.

How to Pack Jewelry for Moving

Here's a step-by-step guide to packing jewelry effectively, along with tips on communicating with movers:

1. Inventory Your Jewelry

Before you start packing, create an inventory of your jewelry. This list should include descriptions and, if possible, photographs of each piece. This will not only help in organizing but also serves as a record for insurance purposes.

2. Clean and Inspect

Clean your jewelry to avoid transferring dirt and oils during packing. Also, inspect for any loose stones or clasps that might need repair, as moving can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities.

3. Sort by Type and Fragility

Group your jewelry by type – necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings – and by fragility. More delicate items, like fine chains or heirloom pieces, will need extra care.

4. Use Appropriate Containers

For fine jewelry, use padded jewelry boxes or rolls. For costume jewelry, small plastic organizers or segmented boxes can be effective. Ensure each piece or set has its own compartment to prevent tangling and scratches.

5. Special Packing for Necklaces and Bracelets

To prevent tangling, thread necklaces through straws or cardboard rolls. For bracelets, a kitchen roll tube can be ideal. Secure the clasps and then wrap them in tissue paper.

6. Earring and Ring Packing

Secure earrings to foam sheets, buttons, or place them in individual compartments of a segmented box. For rings, a ring box or egg cartons with cotton padding can offer good protection.

7. Wrap and Cushion

Wrap each jewelry box or organizer in bubble wrap for extra protection. If you're using a jewelry armoire, lock it if possible, and wrap the entire piece in moving blankets or furniture pads.

8. Label Boxes Carefully

Label the boxes with something nondescript like “Accessories” or “Heirlooms.” Avoid using “Jewelry” or any label that might attract undue attention.

9. Communicate with Movers

Inform your movers that you have valuable, fragile items, but there's no need to specify that they're jewelry. Request gentle handling and that these boxes be placed on top of other items, not underneath.

10. Consider Personal Transport

For highly valuable or sentimental pieces, consider transporting them yourself. Use a travel jewelry case or a secure bag and keep it with you during the move.

11. Unpacking

Unpack jewelry as soon as possible to check for any damage and to prevent loss. Refer to your inventory list during unpacking to ensure everything is accounted for.

Creative Jewelry Packing Ideas

With a little creativity and some everyday items, you can keep your precious adornments organized and safe. Here are seven ingenious ideas for packing your jewelry effectively:

  1. Mint Tins for Small Pieces: An old mint tin, padded with a cotton ball, makes a perfect container for smaller items like rings and stud earrings. It's compact, secure, and easily slips into your luggage.
  2. Straw for Necklaces: Prevent necklaces from tangling by threading them through drinking straws. This method keeps the chains straight and tangle-free, ideal for delicate pieces.
  3. Pill Containers for Organization: Days of the week pill organizers can be repurposed to store and organize earrings and rings. Each compartment keeps items separate and easily accessible.
  4. Button Earring Holders: Secure your earrings by fastening them through the holes of a button. This keeps pairs together and makes them easy to find.
  5. Cardboard Rolls for Bracelets: Use toilet paper or paper towel rolls to organize bracelets and watches. Slide them over the roll and pack in your suitcase for a hassle-free solution.
  6. Zippered Pouches for Versatility: Utilize small zippered pouches for assorted jewelry types. These can be purchased or handmade, providing a flexible and soft housing for various jewelry pieces.
  7. Business Cards for Dainty Chains: Keep your delicate necklaces untangled by looping them around business cards. Make small notches on the cards to secure the chains in place.


Now, armed with these nuggets of wisdom, you're set to pack your jewelry like a pro, whether you're off to new horizons or relocating your nest. Remember, your jewelry is more than just accessories. By packing them the right way, you're not just securing little pieces of metal and stone but safeguarding the chapters of your story they represent.

So, go ahead, pack with confidence and a sprinkle of creativity. And when you arrive at your destination, may your jewelry shine as brightly as your adventures. Bon voyage, and may your jewelry always arrive as dazzling as when it set out!

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Keep Necklaces from Tangling in a Jewelry Box?

To prevent necklaces from tangling in a jewelry box, use small hooks or individual compartments for each necklace. If your box lacks these, you can loop each necklace through a straw or cut a slit in a business card and secure the clasp around it. 

How Do You Wrap Jewelry in a Bag?

When wrapping jewelry in a bag, first wrap each piece in soft tissue paper or a small cloth pouch to prevent scratching. For necklaces and bracelets, use bubble wrap or a small piece of cardboard to provide structure and prevent tangling. 

Place the wrapped items in a soft, padded bag, separating them with additional layers of tissue if necessary to avoid friction and damage during transport.

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    Author: Emma Zerner
    Author: Emma Zerner
    Emma Zerner was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Gainesville, Florida. She has a Bachelor of Science in Retail Merchandising from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Emma has been in the jewelry industry since 2002, starting in retail. She provides professional jewelry content of all kinds for numerous jewelry companies globally, in addition to Gemology services in person. In her free time, she has starred on multiple reality shows on major television networks, including MTV, BRAVO, and TLC, to name a few.
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    Author: Emma Zerner
    Author: Emma Zerner
    Emma Zerner was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Gainesville, Florida. She has a Bachelor of Science in Retail Merchandising from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Emma has been in the jewelry industry since 2002, starting in retail. She provides professional jewelry content of all kinds for numerous jewelry companies globally, in addition to Gemology services in person. In her free time, she has starred on multiple reality shows on major television networks, including MTV, BRAVO, and TLC, to name a few.

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