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  • Thanks, PD :-). it's great for travel but inconvenient at home; I'm still looking for the perfect storage. Probably a jewelers flat display tray or something like. Someone we know posted storage in flat trays...anyone remember?

    and something must be wrong with my phone. I even tried editing my photo, flipping it to compensate for it being upside down here - and it posted the photo as is. So far I'm running 50-50 and that's only chance, so I'm done with photos for today (sulk sulk). I'll try once more
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    • My jewelry box has flat drawers and compartments and I just lay my earrings down separately, not touching each other. It's not like they're going to roll around -- no earthquakes here! The hardest minerals are stored in a different compartment from the softer ones.

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      • Those storage ideas look great! certainly those little boxes are great for travelling.
        For storing the pearls long term at home though I thought a natural breathable material like silk or linen would be better. I have some boxes but they take up so much room! The linen ones I looked at are pretty rough. Any US sites I can look at for silk storage pouches?
        Any advice welcome and of course photos of your pearls as well cannot be a bad thing!

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        • I just took at look at eBay.uk and they seem to have lots of silk pouches.
          They also have organza but that is also rougher.

          http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Jewellery-...h&LH_PrefLoc=1

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          • I have a set of Stackers for all my jewelry. It was a much appreciated Christmas present.
            http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...rs%2Caps%2C286

            - Karin

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            • Thanks for the link Pearl Dreams, there are a couple I could go for. Most of them say 'silk like' so are not real silk. I guess cotton would do either as that is a natural material?

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              • If you have a Container Shop near you , they have a ton of jewellery storage items...at least they did last year when I was in the one in Charlotte NC. They had a little soft zip box shape with different compartments in it .. like 5 inches square? ... and also the flat compartmentalised velvet stackable trays.
                https://www.instagram.com/pearlzaustralia/?hl=en
                https://www.etsy.com/shop/pearlzaustralia

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                • Ooh, I like those Stackers.

                  Cotton tends to be softer than the coarse type of linen. "Natural materials" alone is no guarantee of softness, though-- look how scratchy wool can be!

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                  • Lol!! I know, I would never wrap my pearls in wool...silk or soft cotton it is...

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                    • The Container Store sells jewelry component storage pieces. I've purchased several.

                      http://www.containerstore.com/shop/j...JewelryStorage
                      http://www.oceanscovejewelry.com
                      Instagram: Ocean's Cove

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                      • Here's another idea-- a microfiber drawstring pouch sold for storing sunglasses.

                        I bought a few at Walmart's optical department last summer (and have sunglasses in them) but there's no reason why they could not be used for pearls. I see some on Amazon and other places online.

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                        • Cool idea pearl dreams! I have a couple of those lying around, never thought of that!

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                          • JerseyPearl...those stackers are great. I have been looking for a less expensive version as I'd like to get half a dozen trays- the ones with 16 little squares- to hold individual pearls and pendant findings. It really is a great system.
                            https://www.instagram.com/pearlzaustralia/?hl=en
                            https://www.etsy.com/shop/pearlzaustralia

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                            • Katbran, ContainerStore often runs 20% off sales...but you might also try Bed Bath and Beyond. I haven't seen them in the stores, but they may have something similar on line. I LOVE the Container Store and find they always have EXACTLY what I'm looking for...so I figure that saves me money (not buying stuff that I don't really want)!

                              I found these on BBB, but they don't seem quite as nice...the tops are just single trays inverted and don't seem to have a true lid http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/stor...ewelry+storage
                              http://www.oceanscovejewelry.com
                              Instagram: Ocean's Cove

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                              • What is the best way to store your pearls at home? Which materials can you use? Which shouldn't you use?
                                I've understood that pure silk is a good option, but I am confused over linen and cotton. I've been advised by jewellers in Sweden to store pearls in linen, but never cotton. But after reading this thread it seems to be as if pearls can be stored in cotton, but not always linen.

                                I feel a bit daft, please educate me
                                "All of our humanity is dependent upon recognising the humanity in others" - Desmond Tutu

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