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New study finds jewelry theft or loss during travel has doubled

Help your customers with Jewelers Mutual’s tips to protect jewelry when traveling

(NEENAH, Wis.) - More and more travelers are returning home missing something of significance, according to a national survey on traveling with jewelry conducted by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group.

The survey found that since 2015, the number of people reporting fine jewelry being lost or stolen while traveling has doubled.

According to the study, 20 percent of people have experienced loss or theft of fine jewelry when traveling, which is up from 10 percent just four years ago. Twenty-seven percent of those travelers report losing their fine jewelry on the beach, and only 1 percent ever recover their jewelry that is lost or stolen on vacation.

“Travel continues to be a vulnerable time to misplace or have jewelry stolen. Travelers can and should insure their jewelry, and there also are steps travelers can take to minimize risk,” said Don Elliott, Jewelers Mutual’s director of claims. “As we head into peak summer travel, we want to highlight steps to take before and while on vacation to help protect jewelry keepsakes and investments.”

To prevent jewelry loss or theft, Jewelers Mutual recommends:

  • Document: As you’re packing, take a photo of the pieces you’re taking with you. If you need to file a police report for any reason, this proof of ownership will be very helpful.
  • Carry It: Never put jewelry in a checked bag. Wear it or stow it in your carry-on bag and keep that bag in sight at all times.
  • Don’t Post It: Avoid being an easy target. Don’t share photos of your jewelry or where you are staying on social media.
  • Wear Wisely: Avoid wearing jewelry while swimming, especially in cold water where finger sizes can temporarily shrink.
  • Tuck Away: Never leave jewelry out in the open. Use the safe in your room or hotel vault.
  • Conceal Don’t Reveal: Tuck necklaces inside your shirt, turn your engagement ring to the inside of your hand and cover any bracelets or watches with a sleeve when in dangerous areas.
  • Button Up: If you’re packing earrings, fasten them to an extra button to avoid them being separated or misplaced.
  • Suck It Up: Thread necklaces through a paper straw. This will prevent them from being easily misplaced or lost, with the added benefit of avoiding a tangled mess.

Additional advice for traveling with jewelry is available in Jewelers Mutual’s new, digital travel guide, Your Guide For Traveling With Jewelry. It covers packing, time away, and upon return tips as well as advice for buying jewelry on vacation and what to do if your jewelry is lost or stolen while traveling.

For more information about jewelry insurance for your customers and a suite of program offerings available to jewelers, contact Jewelers Mutual at 800-336-5642, ext. 2118 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Survey Methodology

The Jewelers Mutual study was conducted in May 2019 by Kantar Group, a data, insights and consulting company. A sample of 1,044 adults aged 18-64 were interviewed via online self-completion.

To learn more, visit www.JewelersMutual.com.