Summer is right around the corner and many families will travel. If this includes you, consider these steps for the protection of your jewelry.
Before You Go
Check your insurance policy to make sure all your jewelry is listed. Talk with your insurance agent about adding any items missing from the schedule. Also, if your appraisals are three years old or older, it’s time for an update. Seek out a Certified Appraiser and Graduate Gemologist for the appraisal update.
Think about your destination. Are the areas you are traveling to considered safe? If it’s at all questionable, don’t hesitate to either wear no jewelry or very minimal and simple pieces. Consider putting the jewelry you leave behind in your safe deposit box or if you have a home safe, secure it there.
Be choosy about what jewelry you take on vacation. If you’re headed to an outdoor adventure, consider leaving behind your engagement ring. Avoid unnecessary wear and tear or possible loss from the action of rock climbing, skiing, boating, or hiking. If you’re headed to a relaxing beachside vacation, think about jewelry combinations that will work with several different outfits and occasions. The idea is to limit the number of pieces you travel with.
Additionally, pack your jewelry in either a jewelry roll designed for travel or in separate small plastic baggies. Keeping your jewelry apart from one another will prevent scratching and chipping that occurs from carrying items together. Finally, be sure your jewelry is with you at all times. The safest option is to transport your jewelry in your carryon luggage or, better yet, in your purse.
While at Your Destination
Use the in-room safe at the hotel to store the jewelry you’re not currently wearing. Be sure to use a unique combination. Don’t leave any items on the bedside table or on the bathroom counter. If the room does not have a safe, the front desk likely does and will store your valuables for you. If you’re staying at an Air BnB, it’s best to keep your jewelry on your person at all times to avoid loss to burglary.
If you’re traveling to an area that may be on the less safe side, wear your jewelry with great caution. A client recently told me his friend was robbed of his Rolex outside of a nightclub in Miami. Be aware of your surroundings and the time of day you choose to visit certain places.
Take a thorough inventory of the jewelry you took with you and the jewelry you left at home to ensure everything is still with you. If you have discovered you suffered a loss, you can make a claim in a timely fashion when all details of your circumstances are clear and fresh.
If you follow these tips, you are assured that you will enjoy your vacation and come home knowing your jewelry has traveled safely as well.