Ring appraisal for insurance purposes is an important step in protecting your jewelry with adequate scheduled personal property coverage. If you haven’t insured a valuable before, you can make appraisal less intimidating by familiarizing yourself with the process. Let’s start by clarifying some common misconceptions about appraising jewelry and the various insurance requirements.
Beware of These Ring Appraisal Misconceptions
Misconception 1: If you had a credit card receipt indicating the price of your ring, you wouldn’t need an appraisal.
Truth: Insurers require more details than usually available on a credit card receipt. Generally, only a comprehensive insurance evaluation or a detailed sales receipt can provide the required detailed description of your ring.
Misconception 2: The appraisal process must be completed before you can insure your jewelry.
Truth: Depending on your insurer, you may be able to initiate coverage for your ring before providing an appraisal report. However, you’ll need an appraisal to file a claim.
Misconception 3: You’re good to go with an old detailed sales receipt or appraisal that was completed when you bought the ring.
Truth: Since jewelry values fluctuate over time, you need a recent appraisal (typically done within the past 2 years) to get sufficient coverage for your ring.
What Information Appraisers Look for During a Ring Appraisal for Insurance
An appraisal enables your insurance company to determine:
Your policy’s coverage limit, which is the maximum amount the insurer will pay out for a covered claim
Your premium (cost of coverage)
A ring appraisal for a repair or replacement cost policy (not the standard cash payout) would seek all the details below:
Type of metal the ring is cast in
Stone description in terms of carat weight, cut, color, and clarity
Details about the side stones
Value of the ring
This information enables your insurer to determine the type and quality of ring to look for when you file a replacement claim.
How to Get a Good Ring Appraisal
Keep these tips in mind to get a good ring appraisal for insurance purposes:
Request your jeweler to provide an appraisal, detailed sales description, or insurance appraisal immediately
The appraisal report should contain the appraiser’s business letterhead, including their contact information (it can help if your insurer needs some clarification)
Ensure the jeweler or appraiser has the right credentials (you may confirm this with organizations like the American Gem Society or the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers)
The Importance of Ring Appraisals for Insurance
A ring appraisal helps to establish the correct value of the insured jewelry. This value determines your ring insurance premiums or annual coverage costs. You’d pay more than necessary to insure an overvalued piece of jewelry. On the flip side, undervaluing your ring could result in underinsuring it, exposing you to the risk of out-of-pocket expenses to repair or replace it after a covered event.
Jewelry insurance isn’t state-mandated, but having it offers you financial loss protection in case your valuable possession is damaged or lost. Consider getting a high-quality ring appraisal for insurance if you decide to insure your jewelry. If you want to add scheduled property coverage to your homeowners’ insurance policy, contact us at CAV Insurance Agency Inc. Our experts will help you assess your jewelry insurance requirement and provide the right coverage for your unique needs.