For some strange reason, men are far more likely to collect things than women are. From comic books to baseball cards to stamps and coins, the average collector is a man. In fact, aside from dolls, we can’t think of a collectible that is more popular with the girls. But wait a minute. We’ve made a classic mistake. There is one collection that most women have and that they spend money on each and every year. We are speaking of course about jewelry collections.

Are they actual collectibles? Of course they are! Women spend their entire lives assembling jewelry and when they shuffle off this mortal coil, they often pass them on to their daughters or female relatives. Recent studies suggest that women actually spend far more on their jewelry collections than guys do on their card or comic books. Fifteen hundred dollars! That’s the amount of money the average American woman spends on jewelry each year.

Since jewelry is one of the most popular gifts, by the time the average woman has reached her sweet sixteen, she may need a basic jewelry organizer. As she gets older, of course, and her collection grows, she will require larger and more specific organizers. In this article we will review the many different ways to keep jewelry safe.

Jewelry Box

The first time a woman loses an earring or a bracelet or has an expensive necklace get tangled up in a drawer, she may consider a basic jewelry organizer. And they don’t get any more basic than a jewelry box. Placed atop a dresser, nightstand, or on the bathroom counter, a jewelry box is a place for a young girl to store her new accessories. More importantly, it teaches her that putting her jewelry in the same place every day is the best way to keep it safe.

Basic jewelry boxes have several compartments to store earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, and rings. We recommend a box with a lock and key that is small enough to be hidden in a drawer for when you travel or leave home. Of course, there are also organizers that are designed specifically for the woman on the go.

Jewelry Organizer Handbags

Since younger girls rarely leave home for protracted periods of time or attend events where they must wear jewelry, the jewelry bag is far more popular with professional woman or with workers in the fashion industry. Because they look and feel like designer handbags, no one will suspect that you are carrying expensive jewelry in them. The standard jewelry organizer bag has a series of small compartments for transporting earrings, bracelets, and rings sewn into the lining.

Hanging Jewelry Organizers

Most women have two types of jewelry. They have the ornaments they wear every day and they have expensive pieces that are reserved for special occasions. The hanging jewelry organizer is a simple, convenient, and affordable way to store the jewelry you wear on a regular basis. With a built-in hanger and dozens of loops for necklaces and bracelets, hanging organizers are also portable. They can be stowed as a carryon just like a garment bag.

Jewelry Valet

When a woman amasses a more impressive collection, she often needs more room than the average jewelry box can provide. A jewelry valet is far more commodious than a simple jewelry box with at least four drawers with compartments for every popular ornament. There is no standard size, but most upright jewelry valets will fit comfortably on a vanity or countertop. Because they are larger, most valets have two swinging doors with hooks on the inside for hanging necklaces.

Jewelry Armoire

It may be hard to imagine that an average person would need an actual piece of furniture to help her store and organize jewelry, but it does happen. In fact, it happens more often than you might think. As we said, women buy jewelry on their own and their husbands, beaus, relatives, and even their friends give it to them. After a while, it can really add up. Even if a woman isn’t wealthy, after fifty or sixty years of receiving earrings, bracelets, and rings, they may need an even larger jewelry organizer.

A free-standing jewelry armoire is the largest organizer on the market today. The average model has over twice the available space as the jewelry valet. Shoppers should expect at least six to eight large felt-lined drawers. Most models come complete with a flip-top mirror and double doors with pegs on the inside for hanging necklaces. They stand about three feet high and are often placed by the bedside. There is even a wall-mounted version for collectors who have limited floor space. But for women with truly impressive, growing collections, the free-standing jewelry armoire is your best bet.

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