Taking Inventory of Your Jewelry Collections

Would you like to know what type of jewelry works for you and what type of jewelry does not? Do regular inventories. Start by grouping your current jewelry collection. Once this is accomplished you will be able to see exactly how much and what you have. You will be able to see similarities relating to the current pieces of jewelry you have as well.


Does your current collection follow the same style or several styles? Is your current jewelry collection more along the lines of artistic, modern, contemporary, traditional or vintage? In these groups of current jewelry pieces you will be able to pick out whether or not you lean toward silver or copper jewelry findings, handmade jewelry or mass produced jewelry, diamonds and emeralds or colored gemstones.


These groups will allow you to be more aware of what works for you and what does not work for you. You can get rid of pieces that you rarely wear or perhaps start wearing pieces you rarely wear but were not aware that you actually had them. You can group your jewelry according to style or item such as bracelets with bracelets, rings with rings, or everything that is vintage in one group, everything that is classic in one group, and so on.
These groups may also help you to coordinate jewelry with outfits. Don’t worry about specific rules you may have read elsewhere or someone else told you. Be true to yourself and wear what you like to wear. You can combine fine designer jewelry with fashion jewelry pieces. It is okay to wear a good quality not so real ruby ring with real ruby earrings. It is okay to wear copper jewelry findings with silver pieces and blend colored gemstones just however works best for you. Have you not seen women wear two tone metal bracelets, earrings and necklaces? I have no problem seeing this. To match everything up perfectly is not necessary unless you want to match everything up perfectly. Wearing mis-matched jewelry pieces is actually “chic.”


Grouping jewelry together also tells you what needs to be cleaned, or items that need to be fixed or thrown out. You might find that you wear certain pieces not because of the match to your outfit but for sentimental reasons instead such as a favorite heart charm necklace given by someone you love dearly. On the flip side of that you might jewelry you have not worn in a long time because it is jewelry from a past relationship you want to now forget. In other words, taking inventory gets you closer to your jewelry collection in a way that is not possible any other time. Move negative feelings items out of your jewelry box so they do not negatively influence the good feelings of your more positive pieces of jewelry.


Now…make some lists. First, make a list of jewelry pieces that are of greater value. Yes, this is a crucial part of taking inventory. Now is the time to think about whether or not you have jewelry that needs to be insured in case of loss or theft. On your second list, make this your wish list. List all the jewelry items you would like to acquire to go with whatever pieces you now have. Put this second list in the jewelry box. If you run across the piece in a magazine or somewhere on the internet, cut the picture out or print the picture from the computer and store it in your jewelry box. This action will help you to remember what you would like to purchase, have made for yourself, or even make yourself if you are a hand made jewelry artist.


The wish list helps you to concentrate upon future jewelry buying. While you were grouping all your jewelry pieces you discovered a fabulous single strand of a pearl necklace that once belonged to your Aunt Clara, now deceased, and left to you as a keepsake. If you love the necklace, maybe you should find a pair of earrings to match it. A wish list can also help you to drop out hints about the pieces of jewelry you would like others to gift you to add to pieces you already have.


Give your jewelry groups a good looking over. Are there pieces that can be taken apart and made into other pieces of jewelry or recycled somewhat. Now…another important goal in taking inventories of your jewelry collection is to try and build a jewelry ensemble that coordinates easily with any outfit, that is, if you are a person who coordinates outfits to jewelry, and not the mis-match type. You can even group things together by seasons. There are some types of jewelry or colors in which looks better in some people’s opinion in spring and summer than in fall and winter.
Taking inventory also helps ensure you have jewelry items that correspond to each other rather than a pile of mixed up items in which regardless of how you look at things, you still can’t make heads or tails out of it all. There will be items in the collection you just don’t want anymore and items in the collection in which you can recycle into updated pieces, items you can re-sale, items you can give away, items to take to the Goodwill Store. You might even find a few gifts for someone out of your own collections once inventory is done.


An inventory of your jewelry collection is a helpful tool in evaluating what needs to stay and what needs to go, what goes with this or that. Inventory time will teach you a lot about yourself, how much money you have wasted, and how much money you have saved, and how to avoid the same mistakes over and over again. Doing regular inventories of your jewelry collections is a very important process to any jewelry collector that needs never to be neglected. In other words, take inventory, you will be so glad you did.


Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan
Carmilita’s Earrings: https://carmilitaearrings.etsy.com


Meet Changchang


dangle earrings changchang


I just love this little petite pair of earrings!

The focus point is a 10 mm Chinese glass porcelain round bead. I used 2 different design beads having about the same colors of a rose pink, some green and purple, Chinese flower design painted onto white. I added 3 mm black, fushia, crystal clear and champagne bicone glass beads with some tiny clear spacers in between here and there. The hook is antique bronze french fish hook. I wanted these earrings to reflect a “vintage/antique” period of time although all beads are NEW beads by using the mix matched color of beads and the antique french fish hook. The head pin is silver. I think the combination does create somewhat of a vintage/antique look. Anything vintage or antique changes colors over time and I feel the different color combinations in these earrings helps to create a vintage/antique look, which is a basic theme to most of my earrings creations.

I have added these to my “Carmilita’s Chinese Porcelain Dangles” collection of earrings. Each pair will have a Chinese female name beginning with the letter “C”. This pair is named: “Changchang,” which means FLOURISHING. Wear this pair of earrings and think the word flourishing to give you luck in the area of your life in which you wish to flourish. I do not guarantee this will happen, but just for a FUN kind of thought or game to play with yourself whenever you put this pair of earrings on.

They were created by hand and with great care. I have one pair. They should last you as long as you take good care of them.


Purchase ChangChang here: Carmilita’s Earrings

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Author: connielimon2014

Bead Jewelry Artisan, mother of one daughter and grandmother of two grandsons, daughter of Korean War Veteran.

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