Caring for Your Jewellery

Looking after and caring for your jewellery is very important to keep them looking their best.

There are a number of ways to look after your jewellery while enjoying them at the same time and without having to resort to extreme measures.

Document & Photograph

All your jewellery should be professionally valued, documented and photographed as soon as it has been purchased, especially for any choice pieces (value can be very difficult to prove without a valuation). This can be carried out by a reputable jeweller at the time of purchase or on request.

When searching for jewellers that can offer valuation and photography services remember to make use of the Internet, as prices on the web can often be cheaper than those offered by high street jewellers.

Photographing your jewellery can prove to be very useful. If your jewellery is lost or stolen then a qualified jeweller will be able to assess the inherent value from the photographs.

When enquiring about having your items of jewellery photographed, it is an option to take the pictures yourself, which will save you money. If you decide on this then make sure you lay all your jewellery onto a white cloth before taking any photos. The photographs should then be stored away in a safe place away from the actual items.

Finally, remember to keep an up-to-date record of all your jewellery, along with any receipts, packaging and display boxes, and a record of serial numbers of any watches purchased.

Keeping your Jewellery at Home

Most insurance companies will inform you that when thefts occur, a majority of burglars locate jewellery with ease, as it is usually stored in an obvious box in an equally-obvious place in the bedroom.

To give yourself the best chance of avoiding theft from your home, make sure that you place your jewellery in a safe and less obvious place, for example consider having more than one jewellery box to store your items and place these in different locations around the house. Buying a safe is also recommended, but can prove costly.