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For customers, 8 tips for traveling with jewelry

By Brecken Branstrator

August 11, 2014

New York--As families scramble to fit in that last summer getaway before the season comes to a close, now is the time for jewelers to go beyond the sale and provide customers with advice on keeping their baubles safe while traveling.

Many experts recommend leaving expensive jewelry in a secure place at home while on vacation, such as a safe deposit box. 

However, if this isn’t an option, both Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. and Jewelers Unblocked have offered tips that would be helpful for retailers’ customers.

1. Keep jewelry on when going through security at the airport. Taking it off and setting it aside to get scanned gives strangers the chance to steal it.

2. Use the two-key control safety deposit box or a secured vault if either are made available at the hotel. It’s more secure than using the safe in the room, which should be used only for semi-valuable belongings. However, if that’s the only option, it’s better than leaving the jewelry out in the open.

3. Be selective about who is being let into the hotel room. Use the privacy sign if no hotel staff should be let in when the room is vacant.

4. Use discretion when bringing any jewelry outside of the hotel room. Don’t wear items that will attract attention or “advertise” the valuables; keep rings turned inward and pendants or necklaces tucked under clothing.

5. Remove jewelry--and keep it safely locked away--before getting into chlorinated pools, hot tubs, or the ocean, as chlorine and saltwater can damage precious metals and some gemstones.

6. If jewelry has to be worn while swimming, check it often. Cool water makes it easy for jewelry to slide off as fingers constrict.

7. Check the insurance coverage on the jewelry to ensure that the pieces are adequately covered, whether they are left behind at home or taken on the trip.

8. Be aware of surroundings and look alert and confident. Thieves target those who appear oblivious, distracted or timid.