I've only recently started purchasing J Crew jewelry.
If you must know, I've only really started purchasing jewelry again, after being essentially Jewelry Celibate for about 15 years.
In the eighties while still in high-school, I had worked in the retail industry and was a jewelry fiend. But as the minimalist look became popular, I gradually stopped wearing jewelry altogether, with the exception of my wedding and engagement bands, watch and occasionally stud-style earrings, I wore no jewelry.
Then I found J Crew. Although I was purchasing J Crew items and putting them together as shown in the catalog or online, I found that my outfits were simply missing that "je ne sais quoi" quality. It dawned on me that what seperated my outfits from those in the J Crew catalog were really the jewelry. It's like having a birthday cake sans the icing. Without the jewelry, the outfits just didn't have that "wow" power.
So, I started investing in J Crew jewelry. The very first piece of jewelry I purchased from J Crew was the Wood-Bead and Firestone Necklace. It's a stunning piece. Smooth, chocolately brown wood-beads interspersed with Amber Firestones. Just stunning! And like they say, I was hooked and the the rest is history!
J Crew jewelry isn't cheap by any means - regardless if it's on sale or not. I know that there are replica pieces elsewhere for much cheaper prices but somehow, the replicas are just that, REPLICAS! ... and they never look quite as pretty as the J Crew ones.
Today, I own several necklaces, bracelets and bangles from J Crew. I cherish these pieces not only because they're pricey for costume jewelry but also that they're really pretty and I would be hard-pressed to find replacement pieces.
The issue I have is, I'm having a difficult time trying to figure out how best to store them.
I had originally thought of leaving them in their original boxes with pictures stuck to the outside -but let's face it, I would take them out of the boxes and never put them back after wearing. The pictures would fall off and since I would eventually become too lazy to open the boxes each evening to put the jewelry pieces back, it would only be a matter of time before I ended up leaving my jewelry in a huge messy pile and would not be able to find anything easily.
Short of designing and creating a wood board of sorts where I could hang all of my necklaces, bracelets and bangles in a easy to locate and return fashion, I thought that the way I currently have set up, would likely be the best way.
I've essentially used the tops and bottoms of each J Crew jewelry box - you know the ones that the jewelry comes in (leaving the cotton padding in each half) and storing my jewelry in them. Since I don't have to contend with tops, it's easy for me to take the jewelry out, wear it and put them back in its' original place.
I set this up the first week of January of this year and so far it appears to be working. I find it easy to locate pieces and as easy to return them to their places when I'm done wearing them.
But I'm curious, how do you manage your J Crew jewelry? Do you have a custom-made design? Do you use a board of sorts? I'm always looking for a better way to organize my jewelry. I would love to hear your ideas. I hope you'll share!