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Don’t Leave Your Precious Jewellery Collection Unprotected!

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Don’t Leave Your Precious Jewellery Collection Unprotected!

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From family heirlooms to engagement rings, a jewellery collection is a wonderful thing to possess. Jewellery can be filled with memories of special occasions and loved ones who are no longer here. It can help you express your personal style and boost your confidence. Your jewellery collection can also be something you pass down to your children and grandchildren. With so many benefits to having one, it’s not hard to see why so many women start and maintain a beautiful collection throughout their lives.

As you add and build your collection overtime, it’s monetary value can begin to increase. While you would never dream of selling your collection, your jewellery may be worth more than you realise. Unfortunately, this can make your collection an attractive target for thieves if they gain access to your home. This is why it’s so important to protect your jewellery collection, particularly if you have very expensive pierces. Read through this expert advice to give your collection the protection it deserves.

Update your security alarm

If you haven’t update your home’s security alarm in recent years, now could be the perfect opportunity to do so. Having an up to date system can be a fantastic deterrent to thieves. They are far less likely to target homes that look secure and have visible safety alarms installed. So upgrading your alarm can be an excellent way to protect your possessions including your jewellery. If you do experience a break in, some alarm systems will also quickly alert the emergency services. This increases the chances of your jewellery being returned safely to you if stolen.

So if you think that installing a new security alarm would be a good idea, you need to do this as soon as you can. Search online for alarm reviews on Vivint and other security system brands. This should give you a clear idea of which systems will be most effective and value for money. You should also approach these brands directly to ask for their guidance and recommendations. Explain that you want to increase the security of your jewellery collection within your home. This will give them a clearer picture of what you need which can make it easier for them to assist you.

Safely store your jewellery

Suitable storage is essential if you want to ensure your jewellery doesn’t get damaged when not in use. It can also make it harder for thieves to find your collection during a burglary. So if your current jewellery box is overflowing, you should consider changing it to something more suitable. False-bottom boxes and containers are effective storage devices which can conceal your treasures. You can find these in a variety of styles and sizes online to suit your collection.

Some homeowners have even been inventive and turned pieces of furniture into hidden jewellery storage. Look on Pinterest to see if this is something you could do too.

The location where you choose to keep your jewellery storage system is also one that requires your consideration. Keeping your jewellery in your bedroom may be convenient, but it’s the most obvious place for it to be. Burglars know this and will often look in these rooms first to seek out items of jewellery. So be smart and choose less-obvious places. It can also be beneficial to split your collection up and keep them in different areas of your home for extra protection.

Create an inventory

Creating an inventory of your jewellery collection might seem unnecessary. But it’s a fantastic way to keep track of what you’ve got, which can be useful if you have an extensive collection. Take photos of each piece of jewellery in your collection and do this each time you buy or receive a new piece. Make sure the photos are as clear as possible and show the items from different angles. Save these photos onto your computer or put them into a file. You can also add additional information to your inventory such as receipts and copies of your bank statements. The name of the store and the date it was bought can also be useful information to include.

In addition to helping you keep track, having this inventory can be extremely useful if your jewellery gets stolen  too. It provides clear evidence of what you own, which can make your insurance claim go much more smoothly. It can also help the police identify and retrieve your belongings from potential suspects. So even though you might think it’s a waste of time, having an inventory is extremely worthwhile.

Get your jewellery insured

If you are a homeowner, it’s likely that you will have some form of home insurance. Should your jewellery get stolen, this policy will provide some cover. However, this might not always be for the full value of your collection. So the best thing you can do is have your jewellery insured by another insurance provider. This should preferably be a company who specializes in insuring jewellery. To make sure you choose the most suitable policy possible, you need to have your collection valued beforehand.

You should be able to arrange a valuation session at most reputable jewellery stores. This gives them the opportunity to see your collection up close to assess the condition and quality. They should then be able to give you an idea of how much it is worth. Only then can you start approaching insurance providers for sufficient cover. The jewellery store itself may be able to insure you so don’t forget to ask. Each time you add to your collection, you will need to update your insurer to ensure get optimal cover at all times. So keep their contact details in a safe place to help you do this with ease.

By following the advice in this guide, you can rest assured that your most precious jewellery are now protected. Whether you enjoy wearing rings, necklaces or bracelets, your collection will be something you are likely to add to forever. So get into the habit of updating these protective measures at least once a year.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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