I can't argue with any of the stuff above. Redbaron's voice is the voice of reason. Since you already bought the tongs, in your thongs, I'd stick 'em in a clean Rubbermaid cooler (no ice, no six packs) away from the radiator/heat/air conditioning, and burp it occasionally. A cardboard box works too, but I personally stick my small pu collection in a fancy glass cabinet full of crystal glasses/decanters/dishes/etc.
In a container like a cooler, you probably won't need to worry about humidity too much as the humidity will rise slightly above the level in the room.
I have to agree that sampling is the way to go--that's how gems are discovered. When you find something you really like, that's the time to get your tong on.