Although I have full custody of the master bedroom walk-in closet, I am perennially having closet space issues. Rather than take it as a sign that I need to shop less (God forbid!), I take it as a sign that I need to come up with ever more inventive ways to maximize storage space.

Even more so than for clothes, I am obsessed with creative storage solutions for my jewelry. I firmly believe that the “out of sight, out of mind” principle applies, so I like having my bijoux visible at all times. In an ideal world, I would love to have a big enough closet to accommodate a large island-type cabinet, topped off with a glass-top display case for my sparkly goodies. Alas, in this world, I have a narrow shelf at my disposal. Four inches wide, to be precise. What is a girl to do?

A long time ago, I solved the problem of a necklace display by buying a cork-backed framed board, and hanging (some of ) my necklaces on pins. I also use the same board to pin my earrings on. That still left a huge wack of jewelry unaccounted for: rings, brooches, clip-on earrings, bracelets, chunkier necklaces. For a long time, I kept these things in various assorted bowls and boxes, which fell somewhat short on display panache. So recently, I did an overhaul of my jewelry shelf, with help from some pieces I randomly – and fortuitously – came across on my shopping peregrinations.

First, I put my Fenton milk glass bowls to use; one for chunky necklaces, one for brooches and clip-on earrings, and one for my make-up (not pictured). I would like to find at least one more, to contain some of the already-accumulating overflow.

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Fenton milk glass bowl (vintage, $10)


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Fenton milk glass tray (vintage, $8)

Next, I found a metal jewelry display at Winners with a somewhat rustic, antique-y vibe to it. The off-white paint helps to make it stand out against the wall and furniture colour, and it goes well with the other display items.

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Jewelry stand (Winners, $17)

As a bonus, it has a little tray at the bottom, which is useful for storing my girly bits-‘n-bobs. Last, but not least, I found a glass-top display case! True, it’s small. But I love how it looks, especially the rough hewn burlap fabric used to upholster it – a nice contrast to the sparkliness inside.

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Jewelry case (Winners, $34)

The first tray contains my rings, and some of my favourite vintage jewelry pieces.

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Mah bijoux

The second tray holds some heavier necklaces.

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Mah bling

And that, dear readers, is how I managed to cram a few pounds of jewelry into a very narrow space!

What do you think of my jewelry storage (and display) solutions? How do you organize your jewelry? Share tips in the comments!

11 Comments on Jewelry Display

  1. Wow, what a visual treat! Mine is quite simple. I have a rod on the inside of my closet door and I hang the necklaces up using metal shower hooks. The others are just in jumbles in a box.It’s not a great solution as I sometimes have to untangle the necklaces.. but better than a jumbo mess.

    • That’s a neat trick too! I hate keeping things in boxes (although I like pretty decorated boxes) because I can’t easily see everything I have. I like my bling visible at all times, LOL!

  2. Beautiful!! You have a very nice collection! It would be a shame if it was hidden away in boxes, etc.

  3. I love the Fenton milk glasses. Did you buy the online? I also like the jewelry box.
    It is true that if you don’t see what you have, you don’t use it. The same happens to the food in my fridge 🙂

    • Hahaha!! True!
      I bought the Fenton bowls locally at antique malls. I’ve seen lots online, and been tempted, but I am worried about breakage in transit :/

  4. I checked Etsy and the prices are definitely not what you pay! I going to have to hit the antique shops.
    Thanks for the post, very useful!

  5. I’m not much of a jewelry type and even I have to admit that is one beautiful collection.
    You mentioned that you got the Fenton tray in an antique shop. Is there an antique shop in Edmonton that you would recommend?

    • For stand-alone stores, I like Ibon (on Calgary Trail South). Swish (downtown) is also nice, but pricey. There are two antique malls on Calgary Trail North, within a kilometer of each other; those are great for browsing, because there are a ton of booths, each with its own selection. The Rocky Mountain Antique Mall tends to be marginally less expensive, but the Strathcona Antique Mall tends to have better selection, imo. If you want to get more adventurous, try the flea markets on the north side (one by Kingsway, one further north and east).