Jewelry Insurance – Protect your investment
Purchasing a policy on your engagement ring, wedding ring, and/or diamond may sound unromantic, but nothing's sweeter than peace of mind.
What It Is:
There are a few ways to insure your engagement ring. Jewelry insurance can be purchased as an extension (also called a "rider") to your renters' or homeowners' policy. Renters' and homeowners' policies cover the stuff in your home, but only up to a certain dollar value: Expensive, special items like engagement rings, art, and electronics are guaranteed through "scheduled" personal property coverage -- an insurance policy extension that covers particular items. Another option is to insure your ring through a company that specializes in jewelry insurance, which might offer more coverage than a standard homeowners' policy (replacing a lost or stolen ring rather than paying a set amount of cash, for instance).
All your wedding presents may drastically increase the dollar value of your "stuff". Make sure to adjust your homeowners' or renters' coverage to reflect that!
Who Needs It Most:
Any couple or individual with jewelry that has high material or sentimental value -- whether your wedding and engagement rings cost $1,000 or $100,000, an insurance policy is a way of honoring not just their financial value but what they represent. The sentiment behind your rings is priceless, but the rings themselves can be replaced -- if they're insured -- in the event that something happens to them.
What to Know About How It Works:
You'll need to provide your receipts, as well as an appraisal (which costs a small fee; you can get an appraisal from a certified gemologist – no charge for your appraisal when you purchase your engagement ring, wedding ring, or diamond from TQ Diamonds). And remember: If you move after the wedding, make sure your "ring rider"/policy follows you. Some couples have the ring insured at the bride's house (or her parents') before the wedding, and forget to add it to the policy for their new home when they move in together – contact your insurance agent or policy issuer when you change your address.
If you don't have a renters' or homeowners' policy, there is an alternative way to insure your ring: Certain insurance companies offer policies through jewelers on individual pieces – TQ Diamonds does not sell insurance – consider contacting your personal insurance agent for a quote or PerfectCircleInsurance.com (a Neenah, Wisconsin based company)
These kinds of policies can vary widely company by company, so ask specific questions about the level of coverage provided.
Questions To Ask Before You Choose a Policy:
- Is the ring covered if you lose it accidentally, or only if it's stolen?
- How will the company replace the ring -- with a check? Or will they require you to purchase a replacement through a specified jeweler?
- What if it's a vintage ring or other unique piece? How will the quality and size of your diamond -- and that of a replacement if needed -- be documented?
- Is the ring insured to full cost or a fraction of it?
- How will you need to prove the ring vanished if you make a claim?
Are there any circumstances that aren't covered? (What if your ring flies off at the circus and gets trampled by elephants, for example?)
The yearly cost to insure your ring is $1 to $2 for every $100 that it would cost to replace. In plain English, this means that if your ring would cost $9,000 to replace, you might expect to pay between $90 and $180 per year to insure it -- or slightly more in cities where the risk of theft is higher.
How To Get Your Cost Down:
Ask your agent or policy issuer. Consider buying a vault or safe to keep jewelry in when it's not being worn. (You can also keep paperwork like appraisals in the safe, so you'll always know where it is if needed.)
What To Remember if You Only Remember One Thing:
When you shop for a "ring rider" policy, make sure to read the fine print: A good policy will cover every potentially ring-threatening situation from theft to damage to accidentally dropping it in the garbage disposal.
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