Jewelry isn't only vulnerable while it's being worn. It can also be damaged if it isn't stored properly. You might think it's impossible to scratch a diamond – the hardest substance on earth. However, sometimes a diamond can scratch another diamond and damage softer stones, gold, and even platinum.
So it's important to make sure your jewelry is kept safely separated. Wrap individual pieces in tissue or cloth, or put them in separate compartments in a jewelry box. You need to be especially careful with pearls, which are soft and will scratch more easily than gems and metals.
Often jewelry comes in a special box, bag or wrap. Don't throw these away – they're often the best way to store or package your jewelry, and will protect it from damage and dirt.