By MANDEL NGAN / Associated Press A new guide to storing diamonds and gems is out to help protect them from the elements.
A new book, Gem Shower: Jewelry for Life, published by the Association of American Gemologists, recommends storing all types of gemstones in a storage box.
The book also offers a list of storage options for jewelry.
A storage box is basically a plastic container with holes for holding your gemstones.
The idea behind a storage container is to store your jewelry for longer periods of time and avoid over-preserving the gemstones or causing problems with the jewelry.
The book is not new, but its publication marks a shift for the jewelry industry.
Previously, the industry had a relatively small set of storage items and was generally well known for its large inventory of precious stones.
It is unclear how long the storage box trend will continue to be popular.
Jewelers have a history of adding new items to their stock, but they typically do so as a last resort, said Gary Eberhard, president of the Association for Gem and Jewelry Professionals.
“It is a natural part of our business,” he said.
“It is not something we do often.”
For example, in 2014, the American Association of Gem and Mineral Collectors released a report that found only 0.5 percent of jewelry was considered in good condition.
The association estimates that of the $10.7 billion worth of jewelry sold in 2014 to date, $2.7 trillion was lost because of defects, damage, wear and tear and other issues.
More from the Associated Press: In 2018, the association published a guide to jewelry storage that advised consumers to store gems and other precious stones in a secure location.
A few years ago, that advice also was given to consumers as part of a report on jewelry and security.
The 2018 report found that many of the problems that plagued the industry were caused by over-storing.
In its 2018 report, the organization said there were more than 20 types of storage containers out there and that “the most common storage methods include solid, tubular or rectangular containers, watertight or closed containers, and enclosed watertight containers.”
The AAGCP also released a 2016 report on how jewelry can be protected.
It noted that “in many cases, these containers can be used to protect gemstones from weather conditions and corrosion.”
A recent study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that most of the jewelry stored in the United States has not been tested for health effects from exposure to chemicals or toxins.
It also found that the number of health studies examining the effects of gem storage on gemstones is limited.
But some experts have said the current lack of research is concerning.
For starters, it’s difficult to separate the research that is done in the field from the anecdotal evidence, said Dr. David Nussbaum, an expert in the development of prevention and wellness.
He noted that most research on gem storage comes from a handful of institutions that are in private practice.
That’s a lot of money and research for people who have never done this before.
Some scientists have said that a key to the storage of gem and diamond jewelry is the use of a storage bag.
Nussbaum noted that some people are storing their jewelry in their homes, but this is not the same as using a storage unit.
A bag can store gems for up to two years, and a storage compartment can store more than 1,000 stones.
He said that most jewelry storage units that we see in the market are not safe to use.
Most storage units are not designed to be used with diamonds, he said, but that doesn’t mean they are not effective.
A large number of storage units have diamond rings inside and a smaller number have gems inside, but the jewelry is not exposed to sunlight, which can destroy it.
And the research does not show that storage units with diamond rings work as well as larger bags or storage containers, Nussbach said.
Still, storage units do have the benefit of not being as large as a storage bin.
The size of a standard storage bin is about 2.5 feet by 5 feet by 10 feet, according to the AAGC.
A 1,500-pound bag, by comparison, is about 8 feet long by 15 feet wide and 2 feet deep.
A smaller storage unit can store items that are smaller, such as a large diamond ring or small gemstone.
According to the National Gem Council, storage is one of the best ways to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins.
As for storage boxes, they are available in a variety of sizes and colors, and they can hold up to 1,600 cubic feet (5.7 cubic meters).
A typical storage box weighs about 1,400 pounds (