How To Organize Your Crystal Jewelry Without Driving Yourself Crazy

Hibiscus Moon Everyday/Personal Stuffs, shopping, Videos 16 Comments

I’ve shown you all kinds of crystal storage setups & different things over the years. But never my crystal jewelry storage…yet!

I’ve shown you how I store my tumble stones.

I’ve shown you how I used to store my more high-end Crystal pieces in my collection (it used to be in my dining room china cabinet, which I no longer own.)  With my recent move I got a curio cabinet dedicated solely to my more “higher-end-collectors-pieces” and I did a Facebook live stream showing that, but I’ll do an actual dedicated video of that once I get it organized the way I want it to be. Coming Soon! …or maybe not too soon….we’ll see. 😉

B/c you’ve asked, today, I’d like to show you a new way that I’ve been using for my crystal jewelry storage (aka my sacred stash of Sparkly Bling.)

I used to have all my jewelry setup in my dressing area & although it was a larger area it wasn’t all that well organized…AT ALL.

I was often dealing with a tangly mess of necklaces & digging for things that I could never find!

But since I’ve moved I needed to find a whole new setup because I just didn’t have the room in this new space to have it the way I used to. And I knew I needed to find a better way. Now that we’ve downsized into a smaller home, I’ve had to get creative with a new storage system for my stash.

Not that I have a whole ton of jewelry, it’s not like that; I think I have a moderate amount.

And I recently lost & found it ALL (Some of you know about that situation…I discussed it all in my Glitter Updates.) If you’re not signed up, you can get on the list here).
My Solution
Now…I’ve got this over the door hanging mirror thingie I found at Ross. I also found it for ya on Amazon here & it comes in many different “wood” colors to match your decor. Oh…apparently, it’s called an ARMOIRE.

I love this piece b/c it’s working in my new smaller space efficiently & beautifully by hanging on the back of my door.

I’ve got my Seeds of Light earrings from Dream Seeds stored beautifully.  I like keeping the little cards that go with them because it has their correspondences & it tells what crystals are in the earrings…in case I forget.

There’s also a handy mirror to see how your earrings look after you put them in…or to help you find that darned little earring hole!

Now, I don’t keep precious jewelry in this jewelry storage case. Valuable stuff should be stored more safely. Less easy to get at.

I was excited to show you this b/c I just think it’s a genius way to make efficient use of space & have my crystal jewelry stored with easy access & no need to go digging for things or untangling necklaces, etc. while I get dressed.
Tips for Organizing Your Crystal & Gemstone Jewelry
One of the biggest organizing tips that we often hear is to:
Have your stuff  organized in way that allows you to quickly & easily find what you need.
I think I’ve achieved that. 

While organizing my crystal jewelry in this new way I realized there are a few ways to split up your collection (& this goes for anything really!):

  • By type (all rings together, all bracelets together, all earrings together, you get the picture)
  • By length or size (all the longer necklaces on 1 side, shorter on the other)
  • By product line (all my Dream Seeds earrings hang together)
  • By color (I really like this for my rings & bracelets so I can choose items to wear based on the kind of light frequencies I need that day or simply by what matches my outfit!)

BTW, if you want more…I have some general crystal collection organizing tips here.

Do you love it?  Do you have a system like this for your sparkly stash? Maybe something BETTER? Keep in my mind that my method may not work for you or your space or your personal routines & no 1 method will work for us all. I just wanted to share what I do so you can maybe get some inspiration from it & then you can do your own thing.

Maybe you can think up a whole new way to organize. Try some stuff out & please let us know what you discover in the comments below!

Crystal Blessings!

5 Tips for Crystal Shopping & Bargain Hunting

Hibiscus Moon Crystals, shopping 26 Comments

OK, I’ll tell you right now. I don’t like shopping.

I never have. Nope, never got my sox off at strolling through the mall & ogling at purses, shoes & clothes. In fact, I avoid malls like the plague.

BUT…take me crystal shopping…that’s a whole ‘nother ball game. I’m all in!

Perhaps its b/c its not quite as easy as just driving over to the mall & this makes it more like a hunt. You have to wait for a gem show to come to town, shop at your local metaphysical store, which for some may be well out of the way or do your shopping hunting online with a vendor that you really trust.

So, perhaps its the fact that its more of a quest, a challenging chase, or a MISSION even that hooks me in…

But I’m HOOKED; line & sinker.

As you know, I get most of my wholesale inventory (which I don’t really keep too much of these days) & shop for special order clients once a year at the big annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. And the entire trip is a joyous shopping adventure for me! I’ve come to love it more & more each year.

I’ve noticed that crystal shoppers, myself included, tend to behave just like any other shopper…falling victim to all the usual psychological shopping baits, sales, clearance mark-downs, etc. As all shoppers do, sometimes you make some really stooopid buying decisions or buy way too much of something that you have no use or need for when items are stamped  with “50 % off”!

Oh how easy it is to overspend or buy the wrong thing. Except with crystals you really never know if you’ll ever see those specimens again. Really. Even miners don’t know if they’ll ever hit another pocket or vug of a particular crystal. Sometimes they do know that the supply is dwindling, Mama Earth only made so much & they’ll tell you the area is almost entirely mined out so “grab it while it’s hot!”

In addition, each & every crystal is an entirely unique specimen. You will NEVER find another one just like it. So there’s that added twist of psychological shopper’s arm-twisting & traps, except no one is really setting them up as traps. Its the geological reality, Lima Bean…most of the time.

How can you NOT fall prey to that?

  • How often have I scooped up a lot of 50 rough azurite/malachite that no one else really wants & I end up hoarding for 5 years?
  • How many times have I snatched up entire lots of mica thinking I’ll use them for something but never really do & they end up just gathering dust?
  • Or how many times have I grabbed up way too many Navajo unakite pendants just because they were two-for-one & been stuck with them for years?

Well, I’ve only ever done each of these things once…but once is enough.

Oh yeah, this was all well-justified at the time. *wink, wink* After all, just think of all the $$ I was SAVING!

So over the years I’ve learned a few crystal shopping lessons & thought I’d share these golden nuggets with you, my Crystal Hottie.
Here are some ways you can make your crystal shopping/stone bargain-hunting useful yet cost-conscious:

  • Inventory your crystal stash. You really need to know what you have. If you’re like me , you’ll even forget what you own & purchase duplicates *ahem…or triplets* of things you already own but forgot about.
  • Make note of stones you use often, your “work-horses”. Do you need more of a certain kind, for instance you may need more small clear crystal quartz points or some more citrine tumblies for grid-work. Take time to think on this over a few months or even longer & really put some thought into what you’ll be needing & using.
  • Next, keep an on going list of your NEEDS . You can even break your list into categories: tumblies, jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, rings), large points, wands, chakra stones, crystal healing sets, etc.
  • Only purchase from reputable sellers…do you know someone else who has good experiences from this seller? Do they come with good recommendations? Gem shows can be tough unless your really know your rocks b/c if you end up with questions or aren’t happy with what you purchased, that seller may be gone next weekend. Ebay can be good if you stick to sellers with really high ratings. People always ask me if I still sell crystals. I don’t do so as much any longer, but do some occasional Special Order pieces (it’s rare, and when it happens I’ll let our email subscribers and Facebook fans know).
  • Now that you’re all inventoried & organized & can clearly see your crystal need gaps, if any; you can PLAN. Now you can decide what you’ll purchase at a bargain price & what you’d like to save up for & spend for a good quality piece or 2 without overdoing it, busting your budget or really getting something you truly don’t need.
  • If your goal is simply to collect rather than use & work with your crystals then your strategies will be a little different. Just be careful to not let it fall into the crystal-hoarding category. That’ll be a different blog post for another day. 😉

    So do you have any organizing or shopping tips for us? Please post them in the comments below. I kindly ask that we please refrain from promoting various crystal shops & links here at this time as there are way too many out there & that can get a little hairy as I’m sure you can understand.

    Sparkly Blessings!