Congratulations – You said YES! This is a memorable and emotional time in your life and also one where you consolidate your relationship into becoming one. You and your partner have decided to spend the rest of your lives together and have invested in a piece of jewelry that will represent your love for the rest of your time.
An engagement ring is a symbol of your love, but also an important investment for couples. You should truly consider insuring your ring to have peace of mind if something happens to your most precious piece of jewelry. This guide will show you what is engagement ring insurance, how to navigate engagement ring protection plans, and how to add your engagement ring to your homeowner’s insurance as well as insurance costs to get the most value out of your plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Engagement ring insurance covers valuables and jewelry. When considering an engagement ring policy, you can explore a “rider”, which is an addition to your existing policy, or buy a specialized policy (jewelry specific) for your engagement ring and other jewelry pieces you already own if that is the case.
Insurance coverage for your engagement ring will depend on the policy that you chose. Some policies have a deductible and some do not. When selecting an engagement ring policy it is important to note the pros and cons of adding it to your existing policy.
If that is the case and you submit a claim, all of your policies will probably skyrocket as a result. On the other hand, specialized jewelry policies like Jeweler’s Mutual will be specific to your ring and valuables and will consider the coverage to a higher extent than any general insurance company. Insurance companies will probably have different plans to offer you for your engagement ring. It is important to ask if they cover loss, theft, and/or mysterious disappearances; some plans will include all of the above, and others will include one or the other.
It is crucial to understand your policy thoroughly and that you have all the facts before selecting your engagement ring insurance. We strongly advise you to evaluate all of your options before purchasing the final one.
As I mentioned earlier, jewelry is fragile and it most probably will need repair and maintenance down the line. First of all, it is important to understand any warranty that the company or jeweler you bought your engagement ring from may offer and the time that it will be valid.
When considering an engagement ring policy it is important to ask your agent about deductibles and premiums if you need to repair your engagement ring. It is also important to ask if your policy will restrict who can repair your engagement ring or where you can purchase a new one if it needs to be replaced. Some policies will limit these as well as the type of repairs that can be made, so I strongly suggest that you ask these questions before selecting your plan.
Assessment of value
Before purchasing an engagement ring, I suggest that soon-to-be fiances take into consideration buying jewelry from reputable sources who use independent laboratories such as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). This way, they can provide a diamond certification and a grading report with your ring.
To purchase engagement ring insurance you should have as much information about your engagement ring as possible. Moreover, photos, your diamond certificate, grading report, and original receipts are to be kept in a safe place at all times. Most importantly, you should get an appraisal of your ring with a quality gemologist before you purchase your insurance, as an accurate appraisal will avoid financial loss and large premiums.
A combination of all of these factors will determine the details and price of your engagement ring insurance, which is why paying close attention to their accuracy will make adding an insurance plan to it a breeze.
There are three main documents that you should have when considering purchasing insurance for your engagement ring.
1. Original receipts: keep all receipts and proof of purchase in a safe place from the moment your ring was picked up from your jeweler. It is important to have the original purchase price and date when applying for an insurance policy because this is a factor that will dictate its final cost.
2. Grading report or Diamond Certificate: if your diamond or precious stone has a certificate or report, it is important to receive the original document from your jeweler. This will include all the details about your stone’s weight and characteristics, which will help the gemologist write a more accurate appraisal.
3. Appraisal: make sure you take your engagement ring to a reputable gemologist. It is crucial not to compromise on this since the more accurate it is, the more accurate your ring value will come out to be. This is important because an insurance company will take into account this value when assessing your replacement value and repair costs.
Engagement Ring Insurance Cost
Premiums can vary on some factors, including the value of your ring, where you live, and your current insurance policy costs. As a general rule of thumb, you will pay about 1-2% of your engagement ring cost annually.
Rates will be different in many states of the country, as well as deductibles will differ depending on which company you choose to insure your engagement ring or whether you decide to add it to an existing policy or not. Most importantly, premiums will also be higher depending on whether you have lower or no deductibles. On average, the cost of an engagement ring insurance will be 1-2% of its value on an annual basis. So, if your ring was worth $5,000, you will be paying $50-$100 annually depending on the other factors mentioned above.
A deductible is the amount of money that you will pay before an insurance company pays for your claim. For example, if your deductible is $100, and your claim is for a $500 repair, your insurance company will pay for $400 of that cost. On the contrary, if your repair is $500, and your deductible is $0, the insurance company will take full responsibility for that cost.
A $0 deductible means you will have to pay $0 out-of-pocket if anything happens to your ring. However, selecting this option will also mean that you will probably pay a higher premium annually, which is the cost of your insurance plan. When making this decision, it is important to consider how much are you willing to spend in the event of a theft, loss, or damage of your ring.
My advice is to consider your options and your ability to budget for those in the future, as a $0 deductible may be better for some and a lower insurance plan may be better for others. Either way, an insurance plan for your engagement ring is already a very important investment, but one that will avoid headaches in the long run in the case that something happens to your beloved piece of jewelry.
At Jeweler’s Mutual, an independent jewelry-specific insurance company, the policy minimum is $25-$30, depending on the state you live in. There is no minimum value for insuring a jewelry piece, but this will essentially be its cost whether it is worth the same for a higher-valued piece.
What isn’t covered under insurance?
Engagement rings can be covered for most about anything, but there are some instances when your engagement ring will not be covered under insurance plans. Below you will find some of these events so that you can be aware of a situation where your engagement ring will be unprotected.
- Wear, tear, and tarnishing (gradual deterioration)
- Damage from rodents, insects, and vermin
- Damage from nuclear hazards or military acts and war
How to Get Insurance?
When choosing a provider there are a few things to consider for your engagement ring insurance policy. The most important ones are coverage, replacement, assessment of value, and documentation requirements.
If you choose to add coverage to your ring through your homeowner’s insurance policy consider that this will affect all of your policies as a bundle. Whether you file a claim for your ring or your car, it is most likely to increase entirely. The good thing about insuring with your existing policy is that if you have a positive record, your engagement ring insurance premium will likely be lower than applying for a new policy.
On the other hand, selecting a specialized jewelry insurer company will probably consider more aspects of a jewelry repair or replacement. It will most probably give you more options as to where to get your ring repaired or replaced, for example, than a general insurance company. On the downside, premiums might be higher when going for a specialized jewelry company.
In conclusion, this decision comes down to your budget and your needs and will be specific to you and your partner’s financial strategies. Either way, there are great options in the market to choose what works best for your interests.
In conclusion, the bottom line is, that considering engagement ring insurance is a prudent move. Yes, it is an additional investment as is getting an initial appraisal if you did not receive one at the moment of purchase, but it is worth it for your most beloved and sentimental piece of jewelry.
Hopefully, these tips will help you when selecting the best insurance company to cover your engagement ring!