To truly enjoy your fine jewellery, you may want to do more than simply wear it on special occasions. Enjoyment may also come from knowing it is protected from damage or theft and that it looks its best at all time. To get the most from your jewellery, consider these tips for caring for your jewellery, getting it appraised, and finding the right insurance.
How to care for your jewellery
Whether you own a million-dollar ring or jewellery that is far less valuable, consider this jewellery care checklist:
What to look for in jewellery insurance
Obviously, it is never pleasant to have a prized piece of jewellery stolen, lost, or damaged. But the right insurance, you can turn a horrible situation into a happier one. Here are a few things to look for in a valuable articles policy:
If you lose a piece, you’ll want to know that, even if it has appreciated in value, you’re covered for the loss.
In Canada, Chubb covers jewellery items for up to 150% of their insured value when you replace your jewellery item. That means that if the market value exceeds the scheduled value at the time of loss, and you choose to replace your item, Chubb will provide up to a 50% coverage enhancement. The problem, according to jewellery specialists at Chubb, is that many people are shocked when they find how underinsured they are. With a sharp rise in gold prices, for instance, a gold band purchased before the price spike may not be fully protected, even with 150% coverage. That’s why getting regular appraisals is so important.
What to look for in a jewellery appraisal
The wholesaler price of a two-carat diamond ring can vary wildly – from colourless ‘D’ at $121,000 CAD to an ‘M’ colour, highly included stone that wholesales at only $2,500 CAD. That’s why it is wise to have a professional appraisal performed for each and every piece of fine jewellery you own.
How do you make sure you’re getting a quality appraisal? First consider the credentials of the appraiser. After all, you wouldn’t want a store clerk to appraise your fine jewellery. Look for a graduate gemologist or a diamond gemologist. Then, make sure your appraisal includes the following:
While you’re there, have the appraiser do a condition check to make sure there aren’t any prongs lose or chips in the stone.
Disclaimer: This information is descriptive only. All products may not be available in all jurisdictions. Coverage is subject to the language of the policies as issued.