How to pack jewelry for moving can be a daunting task, especially if you have a collection of delicate and valuable pieces. Jewelry is one of the most commonly stolen items, with or without a move. Add the chaos that comes with packing boxes, hiring movers, and loading the moving truck and it’s the perfect recipe for jewelry loss, damage, and theft.
- Oftentimes when moving it isn’t the heaviest or largest objects that are the most difficult to move.
- It’s the small valuables that can go easily misplaced.
- If you have a larger jewelry collection with longer necklace lengths, you likely won’t be able to keep it all with you throughout the move.
- And you may not want to worry about having so many valuables on your person as you go through a move (especially if it is cross-country).
We want to make sure your jewelry is safe during a move. Read these tips on how to best pack jewelry when moving.
These items are great if you have a smaller jewelry collection.
- The jewelry roll is often used when traveling, but it’s great to have while moving as well.
- With individual pockets and the ability to roll in on itself, it’s perfect for a small to medium-sized jewelry collection.
- Plus you can always invest in a handful of rolls.
Buttons for Earrings
One of the most frustrating problems concerning packing and moving jewelry is losing an earring. However, with spare buttons, you can have one button for two earrings.
Just feed the earring through the button and you’re all set. You’ll still need to pack the buttons, but at least you’ll have the earrings together.
Prevent Necklace Tangles
Tangled necklaces are a major headache.
- To prevent this, unclasp a necklace and then feed it through the straw.
- Then clasp the necklace together.
This will prevent it from becoming tangled with other necklaces.
Keep Individual Items Safe
When packing jewelry, you’ll want to pack each item individually.
- Wrap each in tissue paper and then put the individual pieces into sandwich bags.
- Make sure to do this if you have valuable jewelry you want to protect from scratching – such as gold, which is easily scratched.
Secure Your Armoire
If you’ve placed your jewelry inside of an armoire, make sure to secure its drawers.
This way it won’t open during the move and cause some of its contents, such as your jewelry, to spill out onto the floor or into another area of the moving truck.
Use Spiral Binding From Notebook
You can use a spring or the spiral binding from a notebook for this tip.
- After you’ve fed your necklaces through straws, you can take the clasp of the necklace and connect it to one loop of the spiral.
- This will keep everything in line and easy to protect.
With these packing tips, you won’t have to worry about opening up your jewelry collection and finding a knot of necklaces.
Keep Items With You
Some professional moving companies won’t let you put valuables such as jewelry inside the truck. Often this is because of insurance.
Lost jewelry is expensive to replace for a mover, so when possible, it’s ideal to keep it with you.
Protect with Plastic Wrap and a Rubber Band: If you have a small collection, just place plastic wrap over a small bowl of jewelry, then secure it with a rubber band.
Make sure your jewelry is properly insured: When it comes to your homeowners or rental policy, jewelry typically is insured only up to about $1,000. Plus, these policies often do not cover mysterious disappearance - the most commonly reported cause of jewelry loss.
To Transport Expensive Jewelry Pieces, you can try any of these tips below
Do It Yourself
You know the saying “If you want something done right, do it yourself?” This sentiment can apply to moving your jewelry, especially if you’re only going across town.
- If you have only a few items to move, consider wearing the more valuable pieces.
- Stash smaller or less valuable items in a zipped compartment on the inside of a piece of clothing and wear that for transport.
- This dual method avoids attracting attention from visibly wearing layers of jewelry!
If you have a larger collection, pack your jewelry properly and transport the box yourself.
Use an Armored Courier Service
- Using services such as Malca Amit or Brinks to move your jewelry is the safest third-party option available.
- You can drop your packaged jewelry off at the distribution center nearest you and they will store, insure and ship it for you.
- You can either have the package delivered right to your new home or to a local distribution center for you to pick up.
Ship via Registered Mail
Shipping your jewelry to your new address via USPS Registered Mail is also an option. When doing so, we suggest the following safeguards:
- Request a return receipt with your shipment.
- Limit the value of each package to less than $25,000.
- Buy package insurance through USPS.
- Time your delivery so it isn’t sitting at your new local Post Office waiting for you.
With the proper precautions in place, we wish you safe, happy travels to your new home!