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The 11 Very Best Jewelry Organizers

Put your pearls in their place.

Photo: Marcus McDonald
Photo: Marcus McDonald

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my decade of jewelry collecting, it’s that you need some sort of storage solution to avoid scuffed-up gold, shattered stones, tangled chains, and peeling pearls. This becomes even more crucial the more pieces you have, as the potential for damage — and the chance of one-half of a pair going missing — increases.

That’s why serious collectors make up their own strategies to separate their holy grails (like a vintage Christian Lacroix cross choker) from everyday essentials (the Mejuris, Missomas, Ana Luisas & Co.). I keep most of my jewelry — 200 pieces and counting — on a three-tiered stand, in several trinket trays, and in a mini curio cabinet. This helps me know, say, the precise location of special-occasion shrimp earrings (a gilded tabletop tray next to a checkered cocktail ring). But there are those who prefer the “all in one place” direction (think of celebs’ jewelry “islands,” as seen on their closet tours). Whichever setup works best for you will largely depend on what you have. Take stock of your jewelry first, and then check out the boxes, trays, and catchalls listed below, which have been recommended to us by jewelry designers and professional organizers.

Best overall | Best hanging | Best box | Best for necklaces | Best for long necklaces | Best for rings | Best display stand | Best dish |Best stackable | Best travel case | Best that doubles as furniture 

What we’re looking for

Design: Jewelry organizers fall into two categories: open storage (stands, catchalls, trays) and closed storage (boxes, drawers, cases). The general guidance is that the finer the jewelry, the more careful you want to be.

Pieces with semiprecious stones or precious metals (silver, especially) should be stored in a soft, lined box (velvet is popular). Costume jewelry is a little more forgiving, so it can be left out in the open. Two caveats, though: (1) Beware of dust bunnies, and (2) keep stones away from the sun, as shine fades. Use small catchall trays as resting places for rings and anything you take on and off frequently. A jewelry stand — usually meant for bracelets and necklaces — prevents tangles and knots.

Then there’s the presentation to consider. “Storage is really about compliance,” explains Ope Omojola, founder of Octave Jewelry. “If there’s a really amazing piece of storage that is perfect and works really well in the abstract, but you’re never going to use it or you hate how it looks, then it’s not for you.” There’s an argument for clear organizers to get a glimpse of everything you own, but these can feel a little crafty — a see-through lid might be more than enough to see your most-worn pieces. Meanwhile, an attached mirror makes trying on easy, like you’re sitting at a jeweler’s counter.

Division of storage space: We’ve covered the exterior, but the interior’s just as important. Sure, you can do what Jennifer Behr, founder of an eponymous accessories line, does: Keep pieces that are fine or demi-fine in the boxes they came in and tape a small picture of the contents to the outside to know what’s what. Or follow Jill Martinelli of Lady Grey’s example: She stores her treasures individually in tiny plastic bags. But the best jewelry organizers will do this job for you with different compartments, tiers, rows, and partitions — the goal is to have each piece in its own place. As we considered which of the below organizers deserved which titles, a well-designed interior is what separated the ones that earned the top spot. For each pick, we made sure to mention if the organizer has earring slots, necklace hooks, sections for bracelets, and so on.

Size: For practicality’s sake, a jewelry organizer should be able to hold a lot without taking up a whole lot of space. Here’s where I have to confess that I’m anti-armoire. They seem smart in theory, but the problem is that they’re full-on pieces of furniture, meaning an armoire is hard to move around (and even harder to match with the rest of your furnishings). Instead, I prefer to free up floor space with a wider, wall-mounted organizer. Also take into consideration that your dresser countertop might need rearranging if you choose a box, while catchalls can sit on top of anything. To help you choose between our picks, we included the measurements for all the organizers on this list.

Best overall jewelry organizer

Box | Stackable trays with different-size compartments | Starting at 9.88” x 7.25” x 1.75”

Stackers now takes the “best in class” blue ribbon from the Songmics cabinet below, with the English company earning the most mentions from our experts. Those who recommended this stackable box to us — including professional organizer Britnee Tanner and Heidi Lee of home-organization service Prune + Pare — touted its versatility so much that it felt deserving of our top spot. It works “whether you’re a minimalist or maximalist,” Tanner explains, adding that the modular design allows you to add trays as you need them. There’s variety within the trays, too — there’s one designed specifically to separate charms for a bracelet, and another is divided into 25 sections for rings. This is why it’s also a favorite of Strategist senior writer Liza Corsillo, since “you can customize your own box based on what kind of jewelry you have the most of.” Lee likes the visibility you get with unstacking; you’ll know exactly where that heirloom brooch is hiding. As far as aesthetics go, the box (and assorted trays) are wrapped in vegan leather while the inside is covered in velvet that “feels more luxurious than you think,” Tanner says.

Best hanging jewelry organizer

Cabinet, wall-mountable | 84 ring slots, 32 necklace hooks, 48 stud holes, 90 earrings slots | 14.49” x 3.94” x 47.24”

This Songmics cabinet, which we heard about from two designers, comes with all the trappings: a mirrored front that doubles as a full-length mirror, LED lights on one side, shelves that aren’t just for jewelry, and a lock with keys. (All of the above even made me briefly reconsider my anti-armoire stance.) Christina Tung of SVNR once belonged to the ceramic-dish camp of jewelry organization, but says this has become the most “functional, practical option that feels really organized,” especially compared to having catchalls lying around all over. Another advantage? It helps Tung rein in her collection: “That’s my new rule for things — if it doesn’t fit in the organization system that I put together, then I know I have too much.” Martinelli is another convert, arranging her Songmics cabinet using a “like with like” system. Statement earrings stay together, as do studs. The effect is “like an Excel spreadsheet with alternating shaded rows” that make it easier to play dress-up. It’s probably best-suited for larger collections, but has enough room that it will allow you to add new pieces.

Best jewelry box

Box | Four trays with compartments in each | From 15” x 10” x 7.5”

Most of our panel recommended boxes over other styles of organizers. One of them is Jessica Tse, founder of NOTTE, who keeps her jewels in this modest box from CB2 that “doubles as home décor [since] it looks like a beautiful marble block on my table.” Another box believer is Tina Xu, the designer behind I’MMANY. Xu uses something similar to this acrylic box from Amazon with a lining that’s “really kind to gold, silver jewelry, or jewelry made from natural stones.”

But the box that won out was Pottery Barn’s Stella. It has the most traditional look of any of the recommendations we heard about. There are two sizes to choose from: The large features four drawers and a top tray with three compartments and a separate ring holder. The even larger “ultimate” size opens up to reveal a mirror and even more compartments hidden underneath the lid. Juliana Ramirez, former brand manager at Lizzie Fortunato who now works at Loeffler Randall, points out that the velvet-lined drawers makes finding and caring for her pieces much easier. “My days of awkwardly sifting through a ton of clunky dust bags are officially over,” she explains. The construction is another reason the box is a favorite. It’s sturdy, spacious, and durable enough for her ever-expanding collection. The box comes in white, too.

Best jewelry organizer for necklaces

T-bar stand | Three separate bars |  about 9” (height) x 3” (base)

Of all the pieces in a jewelry collection, necklaces are the trickiest to organize. Laid out, they often get tangled up by themselves or with other chains. Your best bet is a dedicated stand. Jewelry designer Melinda Maria uses this one, switching out necklaces in her current rotation. It’s an affordable alternative to some of the other stands out there, with room for bracelets, watches, and earrings with hooked backs. There are three tricks to know about these types of holders: (1) Space out necklaces to prevent tie-ups; (2) keep your most-worn pieces on the ends for an easy out; and (3) don’t keep all your heavy, statement-making treasures on one row, as there’s more of a chance the entire holder will topple over. These can get dusty, so you’ll want to wipe them down occasionally with a microfiber cloth (using strong cleaners can damage the jewelry and the holder).

Best jewelry organizer for long necklaces

Hanger | 25 hooks | 2.5” x 14” x 1.88”

This Rev-a-Shelf solution is a rather unconventional organizer — designed for ties and scarves — but Corinne Morahan, founder of Grid + Glam, recommends it for holding necklaces. The expandable and mountable rack can hang inside a closet, sliding out to reveal 25 hooks. “The pegs are spaced out enough that you don’t have to worry about [chains] tangling,” Morahan promises. Unlike a necklace stand for a dresser top, which sometimes doesn’t leave enough vertical clearance if you like the layered look or long pendants, this rack lets them hang without any interference — and you won’t have to “take other necklaces off to get the one you want,” she says.

Best jewelry organizer for rings

Holder | Each finger acts as a ring dish center | 3.5” x 2.68” x 8.89”

I can’t go a day without wearing at least one ring on each hand — I choose the rings even before picking out my underwear in the morning. A ring dish doesn’t do it for me, as bands tend to end up in a never-ending heap. This ceramic hand, however, is just the thing for the handful of rings I wear the most often. I stack the smallest first on each finger, working my way to the more statement rings on top. This helps me fit as many rings as possible. (I have around 15 on the holder right now.) It’s easy to slide a ring on and off (there are different sizes on mine, too) without scratching any of the ones above or below it. Besides rings, you can add a couple of bracelets to the “wrist” of the holder — but with the pretty, painted-on flower design, I like to leave it bare.

Best jewelry display stand

Stand | Eight hooks with bottom bar and tray | 4.13 x 7.87 x 11.22

Tanner turned us to Japanese homeware company Yamazaki’s jewelry display stand. It’s clean and modern, made from a combination of steel and wood. This makes it feel slightly superior to the usual acrylic, she says. There are two bars on the stand, with the top one dotted with eight evenly spaced hooks. Tanner likes that there’s a designated number so you know how many pieces you can fit — as such, it’s better for someone who doesn’t have a large collection to begin with. The bar beneath can hold bracelets and watches while the tray can accommodate frequently worn earrings and rings.

Best jewelry dish

Dish | Shell-shaped single compartment | 3” H x 5” W x 9” L

Though this Bathing Beauty, from Ohio-based glassware maker Mosser Glass, is billed as a soap or sponge holder, I find that it does the jewelry-storing job well. So well, in fact, that I own two of them. The shell-shaped middle offers more room than you think — I have a number of chokers, bangles, and earrings in mine. For earrings with fish hooks (specific to drop or dangle pairs), you can hang the backs on the scalloped edge so you can easily find your favorite pair. However, since there are no interior dividers, you’re better off keeping more delicate pieces that tangle quickly off the dish.

Best stackable jewelry organizer

Tray | 14 different-size compartments with a separate ring section | 12” (expands to 18.75”) x 10.25” x 1.5”

The winner of this title was a toss-up between this Stackers tray and a similar one by Vlando. Ultimately, Stackers took the spot because it’s low-profile with an adjustable width, making it fit into a dresser drawer more easily. Omojola uses hers in a desk drawer, where she can place the trays on top of one another (unstacking as necessary) and expand the sides for a secure fit. “I’m a really visual thinker and I have to see everything laid out,” she says, explaining that she’d rather have “as much of [her] jewelry as possible visible so that when I’m getting dressed and picking out jewelry, it’s right there.” You can stack one on top of another for a jewelry-box effect. On the other hand, Maria uses the aforementioned Vlando tray, which comes in a set of four. The top tray has a detachable clear lid that doubles as protection. “When you’re running out the door, the last thing you want to do is try to find a piece of jewelry,” she says.

Best travel jewelry case

Case (boxed design) | Tabs for earrings, pouch for bracelets, looped clips for necklaces | 8.25” x 4.75” x 2.5”

The problem with most travel jewelry cases is that everything ends up tossed around in your luggage. This Mark & Graham case seems to have solved that. The experts told us that you want a case with a harder shell and some sort of soft lining to avoid pieces from getting crushed and scratched. Maria travels with this structured case, which has a number of different compartments that are specific to the type of jewelry you’re bringing. You can store necklaces on three hooks, and there are pouches to keep pendants in place. There’s a tab for studs and a bar for hoops. It can hold a lot, but is “compact enough to throw in your carry-on,” Maria says (which is recommended over packing jewelry in your checked luggage if you’re bringing expensive — or extra special and irreplaceable — pieces).

For something smaller, go with this pouch that comes recommended by Leslie Sigurdson, head of brand collaborations at GLDN Jewelry. There’s even a pouch inside the pouch for a number of rings and earrings (best to avoid putting more than one necklace in there, though).

Best jewelry organizer that doubles as furniture

Drawer | Six shelves | 26.38” x 26” x 18.88”

Those with large jewelry collections who do happen to want a furniture piece might consider this set of shallow drawers from Ikea. The pick comes courtesy of Behr, who uses them in her studio and showroom. She has an “extraordinary” number of pieces between her brand’s archives and her personal collection, so she’s “graduated to jewelry boxes that are actual pieces of furniture.” The units are “like modern flat files — narrow drawers to help keep everything organized,” Behr explains. However, you may also want to add interior dividers such as Stackers trays or something similar within each drawer.

Some more jewelry organizers we've written about

Our experts

Jennifer Behr, founder of her own eponymous accessories line
• Liza Corsillo, Strategist senior writer
• Heidi Lee, founder of home-organization service Prune + Pare
Melinda Maria, jewelry designer
• Jill Martinelli, co-founder of Lady Grey
• Corinne Morahan, founder of Grid + Glam
• Ope Omojola, founder of Octave Jewelry
Juliana Ramirez, former brand manager at Lizzie Fortunato
• Leslie Sigurdson, head of brand collaborations at GLDN Jewelry
• Jessica Tse, founder of NOTTE
Britnee Tanner, professional organizer
Christina Tung, founder of SVNR
• Tina Xu, founder of I’MMANY

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The 11 Very Best Jewelry Organizers