Insurance companies require that your jewelry policy be based on official and creditable appraisals done by a reputable jeweler. Jewelers that have studied or have been train by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will provide the most acceptable appraisals. Being trained by GIA ensures a conservative grading analysis and a correct evaluation of the jewelry's worth. Most insurance companies do not require that you have your jewelry appraised by GIA graduates. Andrews Jewelers will supply you with a creditable appraisal that your insurance company will accept.
Your Andrews Jewelers Appraisal will include the information regarding the precious metal content including it's weight, karat purity, and color. The diamonds and gemstones will be described in terms of shape, carat weight, color, clarity, and cut grade. If the diamonds are pre-certified by a grading laboratory then we will list this information on your appraisal and send you the original certification document. Always keep copies of your appraisal and certification report in a safe deposit box or in a fire proof safe.
Jewelry appraisals should be reassessed every 5-7 years to determine if the value of the items has appreciated. Jewelry is a commodity and like all commodities they are subject to fluctuations in value. In recent years the value of certain diamonds have actually doubled in price because of shortages in the marketplace for high demand shapes and sizes. A loss after such a gain in value without proper reassessments will result in gaps in your jewelry coverage when trying to replace the item.
The biggest mistake consumers' make is assuming that their homeowners insurance will cover them in the event of a loss. This couldn't be further from the truth. The typical homeowner's insurance only allows $1500 - $5000 for personal articles and with that comes a deductible of $500 - $1500. Along with that is the fact that some homeowner's insurance policies do not allow for loss of the item, damage, or diamond loss from the setting.
The best way to insure your jewelry is to get a personal articles policy written by your agent. This policy should include loss of the item, theft of the item, damage, and loss of gemstones & diamonds. Ask your insurance agent to quote the policy with no deductible and with the above coverage. The going rate for jewelry insurance is $1.50 - $1.85 per hundred and if you're quote higher then your probably paying too much. To calculate the annual premium take the appraised value of the jewelry and multiply is by the rate and then divide it by 100. Example (appraised value $10,000 X $1.50 = $15,000 Divide by 100 = $150 per year).
Some local insurance agents aren't familiar with jewelry insurance policies and you may feel like You're not getting the proper assistance. There are a couple of jewelry insurance companies that provide superior service and if your agent fails to give you proper assistance we recommend that you give them a call. The two we like most are CHUBB Insurance and Jewelers Mutual. These companies specialize in personal articles policies and generally have the lowest rates with the best coverage. We highly suggest that you give on of them a call or visit their website for more information.
Insurance is one of those things that you don't think about until you really need it. We will say though that a jewelry insurance policy makes a lot of sense. Lets say you have a wedding set worth $5000 that you wear every day. How often do walk around with $5000 cash in your pocket? Almost never right? Well is some cases you walk around with the jewelry equivalent all the time. If you have valuable jewelry that you wear everyday then you are certainly increasing your chances of having an unfortunate loss. Jewelry valued at $5000 can cost as little as $75 per year to insure. It's worth every penny to give you the peace of mind to wear it with pride and without worry.
**Andrews Jewelers has no affiliation with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company or Chubb Insurance. Our recommendations are not binding or contractual.