Storing Jewelry in Plastic Bags – Is That Good or Bad?

by Cate.
(Satellite Beach, FL)

Storing Jewelry in Plastic Bags - Is That Good or Bad?  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

I have read that storing jewelry in plastic bags is not good.

But then I see that a lot of people are storing their jewelry that way.

I just ordered some anti-tarnish strips that I was going to put in plastic bags with my jewelry so they don’t oxidize.

Now I’m not sure whether that’s what I should do it.

What are your thoughts?
Thank you!

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  • Fran says:

    Good question! I would be interested in the answer as well.

  • Moogie says:

    Everything I’ve read says it’s important to keep out air to avoid oxidation so I use zip top plastic bags as suggested. The antitarnish strips are great & they also make bags with an antitarnish material incorporated into the plastic. They’re a bit expensive so I use them mostly for my sterling. They’re supposed to last at least 2 years whereas the tabs last about 6 months. If anyone has different information I’d love to hear!

  • Sue Runyon says:

    I work with pearls and restringing older pearls. DO NOT store pearls in plastic. They need to breathe. Old pearls that I see that have been stored in plastic or in airtight safes or safe deposit boxes long term are yellowed and brittle and ruined.

  • Margaret says:

    I keep my silver and copper wire, beads, and findings, as well as my silver and copper jewelry in plastic bags. It keeps them separated, and I believe it keeps them from tarnishing. My first jewelry-making teacher taught me this.

  • Sandee Jene says:

    You are also able to buy anti-tarnish fabric at a fabric store. It last longer than the strips. I cut it in 1 inch squares and use one square in each plastic baggie for my jewelry. Did not realize about the pearls. I will take them out of the baggies.

  • Kathleen says:

    Thanks Sue, I do not store pearls inn plastic bags, but they are stored in a largish clear plastic box. Do you have an idea if that i a good choice?

  • Mona Arnott says:

    I had not heard the comment about not putting pearls in plastic bags either so I googled it. This is what I found out:
    In summary, yes very true. I have a whole bunch of pearls I need to get out of the bags now. I’m thinking the organza gift bags that don’t match my brand colours are a good alternative 🙂

  • Eileen B Macloud says:

    I have always used plastic bags to store metals also. Silicone packets or white chalk keep moisture out and help keep things shining.

  • Heather says:

    VERY helpful information – THANK YOU ALL!!

  • Moogie, I had no idea that you could purchase bags with anti-tarnish built in. Can you tell me where you get them? Thanks for your advice!

  • Roxanna says:

    I buy anti-tarnish bags on Amazon. I use them for my sterling jewelry. They are about 3″ x 4″ so I can put more than one piece or set in a bag. I have also used smaller zip lock bags with the anti-tarnish strips for storing or travel. I put all my earrings with sterling silver earwires into the small 1.5″ bags with a small piece of anti-tarnish strip (about 1/2″ square) included. I think the customer appreciates it.

  • Pohalani says:

    In What store did you find anti-tarnish fabric?

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