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Jewellery Insurance: A Comprehensive Guide

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Mark Bristow
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Jewellery Insurance: A Comprehensive Guide

If you’ve ever lost a piece of jewellery or had an item stolen or damaged, you’ll know how much it can hurt, both personally and financially. Whether it's an heirloom necklace, unique engagement ring, or luxury watch, the loss, theft, or damage of such items can be a major headache. 

This is where jewellery insurance can be an important safety net. It’s important to understand the basics of jewellery insurance if you want to protect those precious pieces.

How do I insure my pieces of jewellery?

The first thing to know is that there are two main jewellery insurance options: including it under your existing home and contents insurance policy, or opting for a standalone policy. Both require you to provide detailed information about each piece, which can include purchase receipts, photographs and appraisals.

To kick things off, it can be useful to pull together a comprehensive inventory, recording each piece of jewellery’s value, purchase date, and any identifying features. Getting a professional valuation may be worth considering, especially for valuable items. 

Once you have your documentation in order, compare quotes from a number of insurance providers to explore what they have to offer, paying close attention to policy limits, exclusions, and premium costs. 

Can home and contents insurance cover my jewellery?

Home and contents insurance can provide cover for your jewellery, but there are limitations, especially to insure higher-value pieces. Typically, these policies include a sub-limit for jewellery, which caps the payout for stolen or damaged items. This sub-limit may not fully cover the value of high-end pieces, leaving you underinsured. Furthermore, home and contents insurance often covers only specific scenarios, such as theft or fire, and may exclude accidental loss or damage, or when your jewellery is lost, damaged or stolen outside the home.

It may be worth reviewing the terms of your home and contents policy, focusing on the jewellery sub-limit. If your collection's value exceeds the sub-limit, consider purchasing additional coverage through a specified items add-on or a standalone jewellery insurance policy.

How does standalone jewellery insurance work, exactly?

Standalone jewellery insurance offers specialised coverage that goes beyond the scope of standard home and contents policies. This type of insurance is designed specifically for high-value items, providing more protection that can include accidental loss and damage, or loss or damage that occurs outside the home. Standalone policies typically offer agreed-value coverage, meaning the insurer and the policyholder agree on the item's value at the policy's inception, ensuring a predetermined payout in the event of a claim.

When considering this type of coverage, compare policies from different providers, focusing on coverage limits, excesses, exclusions, and the claims process. It's also important to understand how the insurer determines the replacement value of lost or damaged items, as this affects the payout you can expect.

How do you make a claim and what evidence do you need?

First and foremost, filing a claim for lost, stolen, or damaged jewellery requires prompt action. Start by reporting the incident to the police, especially in cases of theft or loss, as insurers typically request a police report. 

Next, contact your insurance provider to initiate the claim process, supplying all necessary documentation, including proof of ownership (e.g. receipts or valuation certificates), photographs of the items, and any relevant police reports.

Your insurer may also request a detailed account of the incident, including when and how the loss or damage occurred. Providing a comprehensive, accurate, and timely claim submission may help improve the likelihood of a favourable outcome. Keep copies of all correspondence with your insurer and any documentation you submit, as these records can be crucial in the event of a dispute.

What if I am away from home or overseas when I lose my jewellery?

One of the positives of standalone jewellery insurance is that it can provide global coverage, protecting your items wherever you go. If you lose your jewellery while away from home or travelling overseas, the process for filing a claim remains largely the same: you should quickly report the loss to the local authorities and your insurer , providing all the paperwork they ask for.

If your jewellery is covered by a home and contents policy only, you may not be insured for loss or damage when you’re travelling, or even just when you’re leaving the house. While some portable contents insurance policies offer limited global coverage for personal belongings, if you are planning to travel with valuables like jewellery, it is important to clearly understand what you are covered for, take appropriate precautions, and make informed decisions in the event of loss or damage.

What if you find your jewellery after you make a claim?

Finding your lost jewellery after receiving a claim payout does happen. Insurance policies typically include a provision for this scenario, requiring you to notify the insurer if you find your treasured piece after your claim goes through. You may be asked to return the claim amount or, if agreed upon, keep the payout and hand the item over to the insurer.

The requirement depends on your policy terms and the insurer's guidelines. Always review your policy documents and consult with your insurer to understand your obligations and options should your lost jewellery resurface after a claim.

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Product database updated 14 Jul, 2024

This article was reviewed by CEO Paul Marshall before it was published as part of RateCity's Fact Check process.