Safely Store and Travel with Your Jewelry
Here are some tips on how to store your jewelry and travel with it safely.
Always keep your jewelry separate from each other so they don’t rub up against each other. This can scratch your jewelry, or even worse – dent it. This is especially true if you are transporting your jewelry, either in your purse or your suitcase.
When carrying jewelry in your purse, please always put it in a difficult-to-crush box like the one it came in. We recommend putting a rubber band around it to keep the lid on and the jewelry in the box. If you need to carry a couple pieces of jewelry in the box, definitely put each piece in its own separate plastic bag or wrapped tightly with tissue so they don’t scratch or damage each other. Be sure you keep your purse closed. I once had my jewelry travel bag literally lifted out of my open carry-on purse while it was sitting on the floor near the check-in kiosk.
The most important thing is to never throw your jewelry loose in your purse, your wallet, or a pocket.
When you travel, it’s best to keep your jewelry close to you in your purse or carryon luggage rather than your suitcase. Put a business card or contact information with it, and write RETURN FOR REWARD on it. If your jewelry gets lost, hopefully the person who finds it will see how they can get it back to you.
Personally, I don’t take my most expensive jewelry with me on trips. Instead, I choose things to wear and take jewelry that I wouldn’t be heartbroken if I lost. If I do want to have expensive things with me on a trip, I try to wear it while traveling.
When I arrive at a hotel, I immediately put my valuables in the room safe. If the room doesn’t come with a safe, I ask the hotel to keep it in a private safe deposit box that they make available to hotel guests.
To make sure I remember to take my jewelry with me when I check out, I put one of my shoes into the hotel room safe. That way, I will remember to get the shoe out the next day while getting dressed, and therefore the jewelry and any other valuables will be safely packed for travel.
I never leave jewelry out exposed in the hotel room when I’m not there. That’s one of the easiest ways to have one’s jewelry stolen.
For newlyweds, I suggest not wearing your wedding bands or rings to the beach. When you swim in the water, your fingers get smaller, and there are many men’s wedding bands on the bottom of the ocean as a result. I’ve heard many stories of this in my 40 years of jewelry business experience - put the rings in the safe!
The same is true about hoop earrings – don't wear hoops while swimming in the ocean or otherwise because the pressure of the waves can loosen the earrings, and away they go!
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