A friend visited our showroom after a recent vacation, but she wasn’t the happy, relaxed traveler I expected to see. She was frustrated and stressed. Before she arrived at her destination, her jewelry had been stolen from her luggage. Years of memories and irreplaceable keepsakes were gone – including her Great One Divine™ pendant.
I have always enjoyed educating clients about jewelry. Traveling with jewelry is a topic I am passionate about. Jewelry is small, valuable, and can be easily lost, damaged or stolen. Yet, by following a few guidelines, both you and your jewelry are likely to safely reach your destination.
Before you travel, consider insuring your jewelry against loss, damage and theft. Not all insurance covers every kind of loss, so verify with your agent that you have appropriate coverage. Make a detailed list of all the jewelry you are taking. Take a copy with you (stored separately from your jewelry) and leave another copy at home. Consider taking pictures or a video of your jewelry to assist in filing a claim or replacing the item if necessary and check that your written appraisals are current.
When packing your jewelry for travel, store rings in separate pouches, baggies, or compartments to avoid the metals scratching one another. Lock and bag earrings together to avoid scratching or separating the pair.
When you pack a chain, leave about 1” hanging out of a small, ziptop storage baggie to allow it to arrive tangle-free.
Place your jewelry in your carry on and keep it with you at all times while traveling. Never put jewelry in checked baggage! The security of checked baggage is dubious at best and it only takes one dishonest person to relieve you of your valuables.
Consider investing in a hard sided travel jewelry box. Designed to safely hold your jewelry items, a travel box will easily fit into your purse or carry on bag. Keep a vigilant eye on your bags when they pass through security and retrieve your items promptly from the security check.
If you choose to wear your jewelry slip pendants inside your shirt, leave your watch and bracelets under sleeves and turn rings so only the band shows. Keep in mind, wearing bulky jewelry can set off security screening equipment. Metal detectors don’t distinguish between jewelry and weapons. If you are required to take your jewelry off and then get pulled aside by TSA, your jewelry sits unattended in a gray bucket – an easy target for thieves.
Don’t leave your jewelry in an unattended car or suitcase. When checking into your hotel or condo, don’t hand your jewelry bag to hotel staff. Carry it personally. And always store jewelry in the hotel safe when not wearing it. I often hear stories of jewelry stolen out of hotel rooms as well.
When you and your valuables safely return from vacation, take your jewelry in to your locally owned jewelry store for a complimentary inspection and cleaning to check for any wear and to keep your jewelry looking great.