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How to Ship Jewelry, According to Loss Prevention Experts

on Nov 7, 2019 9:22 AM
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Mailing a valuable item, like a piece of fine jewelry, may set you on edge. What if it gets lost or stolen?

Follow these eight steps when shipping jewelry to ensure your item ends up at its destination safe and sound.

How to Ship Jewelry

1. Layer it.

Using multiple layers helps prevent jewelry from getting lost or damaged if the outer package is damaged. First, wrap your jewelry in bubble wrap and put it inside a small box or padded envelope.  Finish it off by placing that package inside a slightly larger box or padded envelope.

2. Keep jewelry snug and secure.

Use packing material and heavy-duty shipping tape to seal the large box. Make sure the jewelry is packed tight to avoid shifting and damage in transit.

3. Disguise your package.

Never reveal the contents of your package on the outer label or anywhere on the packaging. It makes for an easy target for thieves.

4. Don’t drop it.

Never use a drop box or delivery service to send your package. Personally take it to the postal service and get a receipt with the tracking number. You can even ask your jeweler to send the item. They may have coverage under their business insurance policy.

5. Request an autograph.

Always request a signature upon delivery. Record the jewelry’s value, the carrier, and tracking number.

6. Mum's the word.

There’s no need to claim that you’re shipping jewelry when dropping the item off at your local post office.

7. Choose first-class registered mail.

It’s the safest way to ship, but it may take longer to get to the desired destination, so plan accordingly.

8. Insure it.

Jewelry should always be insured, but especially when it's vulnerable, like in the process of trading hands in transit. A Jewelers Mutual policy covers shipping both finished jewelry items and loose stones, so whether you're mailing a gift or shipping a stone to a jeweler to be set, you're covered.

Interested in seeing how much a personal jewelry policy would cost you? Get a free quote with just your jewelry type, value and zip code now.

The Essential Buyer's Guide to Jewelry Insurance

Comments

Hi,

I've recently purchased a loose diamond and need coverage to ship the loose diamond to another jeweler to make the setting. Will the personal insurance cover mail transactions? Or do you offer any alternative insurance for shipping high valued packages?

Thanks!

Brandon Santos

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Brandon - Our policy does cover mail transactions. We suggest choosing certified mail, as it's the most secure. If you choose to apply, please make sure to wait until your policy is confirmed before you ship your package! You can apply online at jewelersmutual.com/quote or call 888-884-2424. Thanks for reading!

Chelsea Drusch

I recommend Malca Amit or BRINKS to delivering jewelry, but first company is the best because she has great additional services for diamonds & jewelry too) DHL, UPS or Fedex are bad choice if someone wants to deliver jewelry in really pro and sade way.

Gregory

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Malca-Amit and Brink's are excellent options, Gregory!

Chelsea Drusch

I really liked your tip to insure the package that you are sending if it contains valuables such as jewelry. I have been looking for a birthday present for my sister, and I have been looking at pearl necklaces. I will be sure to insure my package when I send it, so I can properly protect the necklace.

Easton Memmott

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Awesome! Thanks for reading!

Chelsea Drusch

How do i transport jewelry from Ghana to the US?

Jason Thomas

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Jason - In general, the guidelines outlined here in this post represent our best advice. Unfortunately, I'm not specifically familiar with courier service options in Ghana, but these guidelines should help with the rest. Good luck and make sure it's insured!

Chelsea Drusch

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