I wanted a way that allowed me to see every piece, was easy to access pieces and kept them untangled and separated from one another. This is absolutely perfect.
Sure, it's not rocket science and for lots of people, it's the logical option, but it was only the other day that I thought of it. It's not original, I am sure lots of people do this with their jewellery, and I am not claiming to have come up with it - but if you don't store your jewellery like this then I suggest you consider it. It is magnificent.
It's also a really cheap way of doing it. The corkboard can be purchased from any cheap dollar store, and drawing pins don't cost much. If you wish to jazz it up a bit you can cover it in fabric prior to hanging the jewelley, and spotlight has cheap cut offs.
I did have a couple of concerns at first, but it seems to be all okay. I was worried that the drawing pins wouldn't be able to hold up some of my heavier jewellery pieces but I haven't had a problem with that at all. I didn't want it to be hideously ugly, but I think I can deal with how it looks because it is just so handy! I could make it prettier by having some nice fabric over the top of the brown corkboard, but that would require effort and right at this point in time, I am seriously lacking in motivation to do so. I could also get matching pins but I'll deal with it for the while.
As you can see, I am a big fan of the cheap jewellery you can purchase from Diva, Equip and similar stores like them. It's fun, cheap and means that you can change you jewellery often to suit your look. I don't store any of my more expensive, precious jewellery on the corkboard because I feel safer with it packed away.
A couple of tips about cheap jewellery - it tarnishes really easily because it is so cheap. Avoid getting water on it - remove rings when washing hands and don't go swimming or wear any jewellery in the shower. A layer or clear nail polish is wonderful in preventing tarnishing, but doesn't do much in regards to fixing it! To fix tarnished jewellery, invest in a polishing cloth. I purchased one from Diva for $4.99 and it works magic! As you can see in the photo, the grubby parts come right off, leaving the jewellery shiny and new.