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Traveling with Jewelry: What No One Warns You About

Traveling with jewelry

When jewelry is lost or damaged while traveling, the sense of panic doubles. You’re far from home and don’t have easy access to the resources you might normally consult – your jeweler, the local police, your insurance company.

Sadly, jewelry loss while traveling is a reality. A Jewelers Mutual Group survey of 600 married women found that more than 25 percent have lost a piece of jewelry while vacationing.

Despite the risks, sometimes your jewelry is important to you and you don’t want to leave it behind. Or, maybe your outfit never feels complete without a little bit of bling. We get that.

Either way, here’s how to avoid the hazards of traveling with jewelry.

Traveling With Jewelry

Hazard #1: The Airport

Security screeners, baggage handlers, flight attendants, fellow passengers. Many hands might touch your luggage before you touch down at your destination.

Minimize the temptation by wearing your jewelry on travel day or packing it in your carry-on, rather than checked baggage.

Hazard #2: The Hotel

One of the best perks of traveling is the assistance you get from friendly staff at the hotel, restaurants and transit services.

By all means, let the bell hop carry your heavy luggage, just handle the carry-on - and the precious jewelry inside - yourself.

Hazard #3: The Beach

Be smart when playing in the sand and surf and leave your jewelry indoors. And by indoors, we specifically mean in the hotel safe, not hanging out vulnerably in your room or luggage.

Hazard #4: Thieves

Depending on your destination, mugging or burglary might be of concern. Resist the temptation to show off your favorite jewels and instead take measures to conceal, not reveal.

Tuck that diamond pendant into your shirt and turn your wedding ring around to hide the rock.

Hazard #5: Lack of Protection

Sometimes, even the best-laid plans fail. In the worst-case scenario, would your jewelry be protected? Make sure it’s properly insured for the full current value, with a policy that extends worldwide. (Like ours!)

Of course, the best way to avoid damage or loss while on vacation is to simply leave your jewelry at home. It’s a perfect opportunity to drop it off with your jeweler for an inspection and cleaning – something you should do a couple times a year anyway.

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Jewelers Mutual was founded in 1913 by a group of Wisconsin jewelers to meet their unique insurance needs. Later, consumers began putting their trust in Jewelers Mutual to protect their jewelry and the special memories each piece holds. Today, Jewelers Mutual continues to support and move the industry forward by listening to jewelers and consumers and offering products and services to meet their evolving needs. Beyond insurance, Jewelers Mutual’s powerful suite of innovative solutions and digital technology offerings help jewelers strengthen and grow their businesses, mitigate risk, and bring them closer to their customers. The Group insurers’ strong financial position is reflected in their 37 consecutive “A+ Superior” ratings from AM Best Company, as of November 2023. Policyholders of the Group insurers are members of Jewelers Mutual Holding Company. Jewelers Mutual is headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, with other Group offices in Dallas, Texas and Miami, Florida. To learn more, visit