Here are our essential 8 jewellery tips you need when travelling. Taking your jewellery on holiday is great because it’s the perfect travel accessory – it doesn’t occupy much luggage space and brings your holiday outfits to life. However, taking it with you also has its risks. Some gems can get damaged by seawater, luggage gets lost, earrings can disappear in swimming pools, and hotels are not always the safest places to keep jewellery…
So here are our top tips for travelling safely with your jewellery this summer:
1. List and photograph everything
If the worst happens and you lose your jewellery or get it stolen on holiday, you should have a pre-written list of all the items you’re bringing with you – for insurance purposes. Make sure you write two copies and leave one list at home. Better yet, take photos of everything with your phone.
2. Insure all really valuable items
Most people make sure their valuable tech, like smartphones or digital cameras, are covered by their travel insurance. But don’t forget to check your jewellery is on there too. If you have really valuable items like an engagement ring, get jewellery insurance. It’s much cheaper than travel or home insurances and covers you for everything worldwide (including accidental loss), no questions asked.
3. Don’t take ALL your jewellery
Only pack the few essential jewellery items you’re most likely to use. Pick ones that are your staples and match any outfit. If you have a really valuable or special item of jewellery, it’s best to leave it home in a safe. While on holiday, treat yourself to a few items of cheaper costume jewellery that you won’t miss if they break or get lost.
4. Buy a jewellery travel roll
Jewellery travel “rolls” are soft storage cases with special compartments for your rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. They’re especially fantastic for keeping chains from tangling up while you’re on the move while fitting snugly in your hand luggage.
5. ALWAYS carry jewellery in your hand luggage
NEVER, ever, ever pack anything valuable in a suitcase that will get checked in to the aeroplane’s baggage hold. Airlines are notorious for losing luggage! Instead, keep jewellery in your handbag or simply wear it.
6. Be discreet
Be careful not to flaunt too many valuables if you’re travelling alone or if you’re in an area with a high crime rate. Even package holiday destinations that feel safe can be overrun by pickpockets and burglars.
7. Gemstones – avoid sunbathing and pool chlorine
Sunlight can fade or crack certain gems like amethyst, topaz, cameos, amber, garnet and ivory. Pool chlorine will wear down and soften pearls. Never wear fine jewellery when swimming and remove it when applying sun lotion.
8. DO use the hotel safe
If you are not wearing your jewellery, leave it behind locked in the safe of your hotel room. If your hotel does not provide an in-room safe, ask if they have a reception safe you can rent – otherwise carry your jewellery with you in your handbag.
Visit TheDiamondStore.co.uk to shop for beautiful jewellery.