Whether you’re newly engaged, celebrating a
milestone anniversary, or the recipient of a Valentine’s day gift, insuring and caring for your jewelry is important.
While jewelry is created to bring enjoyment and happiness for a lifetime, it’s no different than our other possessions. Everyday wear and tear can cause damage to it, especially if you wear your jewelry all the time.
Most homeowners policies carry coverage limitations on personal property, such as jewelry. If your jewelry is valuable, it’s best to schedule it, or have it specifically itemized with a value on your policy.
Here are some tips to make sure your jewelry brings you joy and happiness for a lifetime.
Tips for protecting your jewelry from damage
1. Don’t expose your jewelry to chlorine or saltwater. When you’re on vacation or enjoying your own hot tub or swimming pool, always remove your jewelry first. Chlorine, salt, and other minerals can react with the metal alloys causing damage.
2. Never put jewelry in your pocket. While the intention of preventing damage to or loss of your jewelry is good, the outcome may be bad. If you’re traveling, pick pocketers are smooth criminals and may steal it without your knowledge. Or you may never remember what pocket you put it in. It’s best to store your jewelry in a safe place and one that you’ll remember.
3. Remove your jewelry before exercising. Depending on the jewelry type, sweat can cause it to look worn out or possibly cause it to corrode. Also, unintentionally banging your jewelry on exercise machines and weights can cause scratches or bends.
4. Remove your jewelry before carrying out household chores. Many cleaning products contain chemicals that can react with jewelry causing damage. Avoid wearing your rings with rubber or latex gloves. Due to the extremely tight fit, prongs on a ring could be damaged causing your stone to fall out. Outdoor activities that involve maintaining your property can cause your jewelry to encounter abrasive items such as dirt, rocks, or concrete.
5. Don’t apply lotion, makeup, or other products. These products should always be applied prior to putting on your jewelry. These products can damage pearls and other fragile gemstones.
7. Don’t remove jewelry in the kitchen or bathroom. A simple bump and your jewelry could be going down the drain.
8. Visit your jeweler on a regular basis. Not only will your jeweler give your jewelry a good cleaning, they’ll be able to inspect it for damage and fix it before it gets worse.
Tips for cleaning your jewelry
Depending on the type of jewelry, there are many different home cleaning remedies available. Here are just a few remedies that may work for you.
|Sterling Silver||Soaking your silver jewelry is a good way to remove tarnish. Common household items you’ll need include baking soda, hot water, and a bowl lined with aluminum foil.|
|Gold||Soaking your gold jewelry in a gentle solution of dish soap and warm water is an easy way to bring the shine back. To clean between crevices or prongs a soft toothbrush will do the trick.|
|Diamonds||The same mixture to clean gold jewelry can be used for your diamonds. To really make your diamonds shine, consider using an ammonia-based cleaner.|
|Gemstones||A gentle solution of dish soap and warm water along with a soft toothbrush will work well.|
|Pearls||Due to the way pearls are formed, they require special care. Pearls should be gently wiped after each wearing. Visiting your jeweler yearly is your best option for maintaining their beauty and integrity.|
Consider using toothpaste to bring the bling back.
Tips for insuring your jewelry
Call your agent to find out if the policy you have provides coverage or has high enough limits. A basic homeowners policy only covers damage to personal property due to the following perils.
|Fire or lightning||Windstorm or hail|
|Explosion||Riot or civil commotion|
|Damage caused by aircraft||
Damage caused by vehicles
|Smoke||Vandalism or malicious mischief|
If your jewelry accidentally goes down the drain and you have a basic policy, there will be no coverage.
You may be able to schedule jewelry items at a nominal premium charge with no deductible. You may also have the choice of scheduling your jewelry on a replacement cost or an agreed value basis.
If you have replacement cost coverage, your insurance company may pay the cost to repair or replace the damaged or lost property without factoring depreciation. Please note that the amount paid won’t exceed the least of these amounts.
- Replacement cost at the time of the loss
- The full cost to repair at the time of the loss
- The amount of insurance that applies to the property as shown on the declarations page of your policy
If you have agreed value coverage, each item scheduled on your policy is given a reimbursement amount. In the event of a loss, that agreed amount will be paid to you.
If you have jewelry in your family that has been passed down to you, make sure you get it appraised. An appraisal will provide very specific details about it. This will help you select the necessary insurance coverage needed.
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