Typical Insurance PoliciesRenter's and homeowner's insurance policies set limits for the loss of certain categories of personal property, including jewelry. Homeowner's policies typically pay a maximum of $1,000 for jewelry theft. A renter's insurance policy might have a lower limit for jewelry loss--$500 is common.
Does your insurance policy cover jewelry loss for reasons other than theft--such as for lost or damaged items? Read your policy carefully and ask your insurance agent to clarify the types of losses that are covered on your standard policy.
Additional Jewelry InsuranceYou can usually purchase additional insurance for your fine jewelry, but be sure to ask your agent questions so that you have a good understanding of the coverage:
- Is there a deductible? If so, how much is it and how does raising or lowering the deductible affect your policy costs?
- Is an appraisal required prior to obtaining insurance? Are there only certain types of appraisers whose reports are accepted?
- Are the items covered no matter where they take place? Would the policy cover you for a loss that occurs during domestic or international travel?
- Are items covered for full replacement cost? Must you replace the item, or can you obtain a cash settlement?
- Does the policy cover repairs to damaged jewelry?
Jewelry Insurance OptionsThe Chubb Group
provides insurance specifically for jewelry. The company offers policies through independent insurance agents and jewelry retailers. Here's a brief description of Chubb's engagement ring policy guidelines:
- Full coverage for the itemized amount shown on the policy.
- No deductible.
- Coverage applies worldwide for lost or stolen rings.
- Replacement is not required, Chubb offers a cash settlement. If you do replace the ring, you select the jeweler.
Chubb recommends an appraisal for all insured jewelry, but only requires an appraisal for items valued over $50,000. Chubb does not offer coverage for loose diamonds.
Jeweler's Mutual offers personal jewelry insurance that covers both repair and replacement. The policy is not available for unset stones, damaged items, or antique jewelry. An appraisal is required for coverage.