As in: Those gold hoops that are just like socks: You can always find one but not the other.
Give each piece a proper place. Since diamonds can gouge amethyst and chunky silver can scratch 18- and 24-karat gold, “don’t jumble up your jewelry,” says Helena Krodel, director of media and special events at the Jewelry Information Center, in New York City. She loves the clear, plastic 80-pocket Hanging Jewelry Organizer ($25, containerstore.com): “It holds a lot and takes up hardly any space in my closet or luggage―I just roll it up anytime I go on a trip.” Elizabeth Showers, a jewelry designer in Dallas, puts each of her necklaces in a separate zippered plastic bag. First wrap each necklace around a piece of cardboard to avoid tangles, then, if you’re storing the jewelry in a drawer, place the bags in a padded envelope for extra protection.