[Written By External Partner]
Getting engaged can be one of life’s most memorable experiences, but it can also be one of the most expensive. Those massive dazzling rocks aren’t cheap. So, if you or your spouse loses an engagement ring or someone steals your sparkler during the proposal, you will most likely want to replace it.
So, how should an engagement ring be safeguarded from loss, theft, and damage both before and after the proposal? It is determined by the value of the item and the type of insurance that is required.
When should an engagement ring be insured?
You or your partner can insure an engagement ring at any time after purchasing it. However, with such a small and costly thing, you may wish to preserve it from the moment it leaves the jeweler’s shop until it is placed on its chosen finger. If that’s the case, the ideal person to insure the engagement ring is usually the person who gets it first.
How do I get insurance for an engagement ring?
The first step is to determine its replacement cost. If you’re unsure, you might have the engagement ring appraised by a professional valuer, or if the ring is very new, this may have been part of the purchase process. Keep receipts and valuation certificates safe since you may need to establish ownership and value of the ring while insuring it and filing a claim.
The next step is to determine what kind of insurance you require. Home insurance is a frequent and convenient way to insuring jewelry. Consider where you’ll need it covered and what you’d like it insured for, as you may have policy alternatives such as accidental damage or portable contents cover for goods away from home.
Are engagement rings covered under contents insurance?
Contents insurance (or home insurance with contents cover) policies can provide some coverage for ‘insured events,’ such as if your engagement ring is stolen from your home. Insured occurrences can differ from policy to policy, so make sure to read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS).
It’s also vital to keep in mind that the normal level of coverage may not be sufficient to replace your ring. This is due to the fact that contents plans may have a cost limit per item or on the total amount you can claim for jewelry. If this is the case, you may be able to insure it for a higher sum by putting it as a specified item on your policy with your insurer.
Check what you are covered for and what options are available to you, as you may be able to choose from optional upgrades to safeguard it from things like accidental loss or damage.
How do I ensure an engagement ring outside the house, at work, and while traveling?
Home insurance may not cover an engagement ring away from home. That means it might not be covered if it gets lost during a picnic proposal, disappears while you’re showing it off at a celebration dinner, or falls into the sea.
You may need to consider portable contents coverage to protect the engagement ring while it is out of the house. This type of insurance is frequently added to your home or contents policy and can cover you and your family for accidental loss or damage to items you take out of the house, or in some cases, worldwide.
Again, this insurance may have limitations or exclusions, and some of them may require you to list goods in excess of a specific amount, so check the product’s PDS.
Who should insure an engagement ring?
If you and your spouse or partner live at the same address, your home and contents policy may cover both of you. That is, if you live together and have a policy, you will both be allowed to use the coverage that your insurance provides for your ring.
If you don’t live together, the ring should be insured by the policyholder who owns it. This implies you’ll almost certainly need to go over all of the engagement ring insurance company coverage and listing criteria after submitting your proposal.
Keep in mind that when you purchase insurance or make changes to your policy, your insurer will provide you with documents to validate your coverage. So, if your partner is also likely to receive the updated papers and the engagement is a surprise, talk to your insurer about your plans to keep it a surprise!!
Important factors to consider when insuring my engagement ring?
- What are the jewelry replacement restrictions under these policies? Are they sufficient to replace my engagement ring?
- Can I list the ring as a specific item under contents insurance so that its full value is covered?
- Will portable contents insurance cover the ring outside of the home? Is it necessary to mention it as a separate item?
- What is the purpose of the ring? Is it protected against accidental loss or damage?
- Can I get the ring replaced or repaired at any jeweler?
- What can I do if the cost of replacing the ring exceeds the coverage limit or the agreed-upon replacement value?
- What proof do I need to make a claim if my ring needs to be replaced or repaired?
If you own an expensive or sentimental piece of jewelry, such as an engagement ring, you should insure it in case of damage, loss, or theft. Engagement ring insurance can provide you peace of mind that if your valuable piece is stolen, damaged, or destroyed in an unexpected catastrophe such as a fire, the financial part of your loss will be covered.