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 to ensure your item ends up at its destination safe and sound.
How to Ship Jewelry
1. Layer it.
Wrap the jewelry in bubble wrap and put it inside a small box. Place the small box inside a larger, unmarked shipping box. Larger boxes are less likely to be thrown away, lost in the shuffle or easily swiped by a criminal.
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.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published December 5, 2013 and has been updated for accuracy.