At first, jewelry passed down by inheritance or gift is filled with possibilities. You may wonder how you can show off your new necklace, ring, or broach, and what dresses it will look good with them. Perhaps you even think about how you can repurpose them into more modern looking pieces.
It doesn’t take too long, though, for reality to set in. Unless you’re willing to risk the loss of thousands of dollars of family heirlooms, every piece needs to be insured. That’s where things get complicated and expensive.
Coverage for jewelry under a typical homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy is limited to a specific amount, often between $1,000 and $2,000, and that usually applies only to limited circumstances outlined in the policy. That small amount also covers the entire claim, not each separate item.
To get coverage beyond those limits you’ll need to get special jewelry insurance added to your homeowner’s policy, which usually requires a written appraisal for each item to establish value. On average, insurance premiums cost between 1 percent and 2 percent of appraised value each year. So expect to pay between $250 and $500 a year for $25,000 of appraised value, and between $500 and $1,000 a year for $50,000 worth of jewelry. Those amounts don’t include the cost of updating appraisals every few years, which many policies require.
If inherited jewelry means a lot to you and you plan to wear it often, insurance premiums are a worthwhile and necessary expenditure. But when a sentimental value has faded and valuable jewelry is just collecting dust in a box, those premiums could be taking a decent-sized bite out your budget.
What could you do if you didn’t have to pay an extra $1,000 a year in insurance? Here are a few ideas:
The best way not to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for jewelry insurance premiums each year is not to have unused jewelry sitting around collecting dust in the first place. That’s where Worthy comes in. By providing a secure, transparent marketplace Worthy turns dusty, unwanted jewelry into money that can be used to fund practical things, like a retirement savings account, or discretionary purchases, like a trip to Tahiti. And insurance costs, as well as worries about theft or loss, become a thing of the past.
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