“A Diamond is Forever”. DeBeers’ marketing arm created this classic tag line back in the 1950’s. Technically, diamonds are forever. They are the hardest mineral on earth and are handed down through generations….at least most of the time. There are cases, however, when your diamond may not be yours forever. Here are some of the most common ways diamonds make their way out of your possession.
Disposal disaster – Your ring sits on the kitchen sink counter while you wash your dishes. One swipe and it flies into the drain and too far down to retrieve. The teeth of the disposal munching on your diamonds, you can almost hear the sound of memories and thousands of dollars swirling down the drain. You can’t seem to get to the off switch fast enough…
Out with the trash – You have your very own secret hiding place, unique in nature. Your toddler finds it and gets a hold of your ring and thinks the trash receptacle is a good place for it. Or, another family member makes their way through hauling miscellaneous items away for the trash, your ring stash included.
Hello there, Beautiful – Leaving your jewelry out on display. Whether at home or on vacation, leaving your jewelry out in the open invites opportunists to make away with your precious pieces.
Rocks in your Pockets – Your pockets seem like a safe place to put your ring to apply lotion to your hands. Hours later (and possibly miles later, too) you suddenly remember your ring…..just to have it slip out when you were seated or slip through a hole in the stitching.
Slippery Slope – Your ring is just a tad too loose and you haven’t had the chance to get to the jeweler for resizing. One wash of the hands or pulling off of the winter gloves and your diamond ring is flung to unknown places.
Moving Madness – No thought given when you purchase that new home, you start packing and moving boxes….and later discover that your center diamond did not make it in the move. Prongs broken and memories lost.
Hopefully, none of these will happen to you. Are you prepared if it did? Make sure your valuable jewelry is scheduled on your insurance policy for the greatest protection. And be certain to keep your jewelry appraisals up to date, every 2-3 years is recommended. Hence, it’s better to be safe than sorry.