I’ve recently seen some great photos of other jewelry artists’ studio and crafting areas. One of the things that stood out for me in those photos were stacks of clear containers with colorful stones and components inside. I loved the kaleidoscope effect of all those bits of color, and it contrasted completely with my storage method.
Several years ago I scored some cigar boxes, and I divided my gemstones and components up by color into the boxes. I kept stones in clear plastic zip top bags, and I also kept them with their tags so I’d know pricing information, etc. But the cigar boxes don’t allow a good view of everything on hand, and the bags mean you have to sift through a lot to see what you’ve got.
Finally I broke down and bought a bunch of clear containers. I’ve labeled them with tags to say the type of stone, it’s price per piece, and other important info. The first thing I realized is that I can now see everything I have on hand. I know what colors I need to buy more of (or stop buying!) for greater selection. And the rainbow of colors really gives me inspiration for new combinations and things I might not have tried otherwise.