Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Damaged or Lost Jewelry?

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Damaged or Lost Jewelry?

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Jewelry is likely among the most valuable items you own — and it's fragile and easily stolen, too. Unfortunately, that means it's often covered by homeowners insurance in a more limited way than regular personal property. Keep reading to find out when and how your jewelry is covered, and decide how to keep your valuables safe.

When is jewelry covered by homeowners insurance?

When jewelry is lost or damaged because of a covered peril, such as theft or fire, it is covered by your homeowners insurance.

For example, if your home is burglarized while you're away on vacation and thieves steal a necklace that has been in your family for generations, your policy will cover part of its value — up to a maximum limit defined by your specific policy.

Common covered insurance perils

  • Theft
  • Lightning or fire
  • Hail or windstorm
  • Damage caused by aircraft
  • Explosions
  • Riots or civil disturbances
  • Smoke damage
  • Damage caused by vehicles
  • Vandalism
  • Falling objects
  • Volcanic eruption
  • Damage from the weight of snow, ice or sleet
  • Water damage from plumbing, heating or air conditioning overflow
  • Water heater cracking, tearing and burning
  • Damage from electrical current
  • Pipe freezing

Your jewelry is likely not covered by homeowners insurance if the loss or damage is a result of a peril not listed above.

For instance, if your ring slips off your finger and falls down the drain while you're cleaning, it won't be covered by your insurance policy because the loss isn't a result of a peril explicitly listed in your policy. Likewise, misplacing a piece of jewelry or damaging it somehow — even by accident — won't be covered by your homeowners insurance.

Additionally, if jewelry is lost or damaged in a flood, you will need a separate flood insurance policy since a standard homeowners policy does not cover damage or loss associated with a natural flood.

How much jewelry does a home insurance policy cover?

While your homeowners insurance might provide you with, for example, $400,000 of coverage, you can't simply apply all of that to your jewelry. Most policies provide personal property coverage of around 50% of the total insurance coverage.

However, jewelry is considered high-value property that can be easily lost or stolen, so coverage limits are usually specified in your policy — often between $1,000 and $2,000.

For example, if you own a $15,000 diamond engagement ring, your home insurance would only provide coverage up to the first $1,000 to $2,000 of value. In most cases, that coverage doesn't offer very much protection for more than one or two pieces of jewelry, especially if some pieces of jewelry are particularly valuable or you have a large collection.

How to increase coverage for your jewelry

If your jewelry is worth more than what's set forth in a typical homeowners insurance policy, you can purchase an additional endorsement or floater. Also known as scheduled personal property coverage, this is a way to raise the coverage limits of specific high-value items, such as valuable family heirlooms, that you own.

Premiums for floaters depend on the types of items you've added, how much the items are worth and the area where you reside. Unlike with personal property coverage provided by your homeowners insurance, there's no deductible for items covered by a floater.

An added benefit of a floater is the additional protection some offer. Some floaters cover you for situations in which you lose a ring or leave it behind on vacation. Personal property coverage under your home insurance policy would not cover you in that case since it's not a listed peril.

When scheduling the items you wish to raise coverage limits for, your insurer will likely require you to have the items appraised, unless they were recently purchased and you have receipts available.

When should you get a separate policy for your jewelry?

Jewelry protection insurance is a separate insurance policy meant particularly for insuring jewelry. Like scheduling your jewelry with a floater, jewelry protection insurance covers your jewelry beyond common insurance perils. Unlike a floater, though, claims made against a jewelry protection insurance policy aren't counted as a claim against your homeowners insurance.

Here’s how a standard homeowners insurance policy, a floater and jewelry protection insurance compare:

Type of coverage
Covered perils
Limit
Deductible
Premium
Homeowners insuranceListed perils onlyTypically capped between $1,000 and $2,000Homeowners insurance deductibleNo additional premium
FloaterListed perils, plus accidents, maybe other risksAppraised valueNo deductiblePremium based on value, items covered and area of residence
Jewelry protection insuranceAll events, accidents and unintentional damageAppraised valueMay have a deductiblePremium based on value, items covered and area of residence

Jewelry protection insurance is a particularly viable option if you want to insure high-value or at-risk jewelry, such as a multi-carat diamond ring. As an added bonus, while claims made against home insurance or an additional floater may impact your premium and future insurability, jewelry protection insurance is its own separate policy and insulates your home insurance rate from any claims.

The premiums for most jewelry insurance policies are between 1% to 2% of the total insured value, meaning $10,000 of coverage might cost only $100 a year.

Best jewelry insurance companies

Many homeowners insurance companies offer policyholders the ability to increase their coverage limit on jewelry by adding an endorsement. Additionally, some companies allow customers to increase their coverage limit without adding an endorsement, albeit the coverage limit will be lower. Homeowners should evaluate what type of coverage is best for their needs.

Below are some of the best insurance companies for jewelry coverage.

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Lemonade provides policyholders with an exceptionally high coverage limit of $50,000 for jewelry through its extra coverage endorsement. Other insurance companies that have similar endorsements don't typically provide such a high coverage limit. The endorsement is great whether you're looking to insure a single expensive item or a collection of jewelry.

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Progressive offers homeowners insurance policyholders the option to add jewelry coverage under a scheduled personal property endorsement or under a separate policy. The endorsement doesn't charge a deductible before coverage kicks in. However, if you're satisfied with your current homeowners insurance company, Progressive also offers jewelry insurance as a standalone policy with a deductible. Typically, Progressive charges 1% to 2% of the total value of your jewelry for one year of coverage.

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State Farm is a great choice for those who feel they need jewelry insurance but don't require a high coverage limit. Coverage limits for jewelry under State Farm's standard homeowners insurance policies start at $2,500. However, based on our sample quotes, it would only cost you an additional $17 per year to increase your coverage limit to $5,000.

How to file a claim for lost or damaged jewelry

If your jewelry is stolen, you should first contact the police to report the theft. Be sure to provide as much information as possible about the stolen jewelry and request a copy of the police report for your insurer. If there is a situation where your jewelry is damaged from a source covered by whichever type of policy you own, take pictures of the damaged pieces and the source of the damage.

The next step is to contact your home insurance provider. If you have separate jewelry protection insurance, you'll need to contact the insurer of the jewelry insurance policy and not your home insurance company. When you contact your insurer, you will have to give details as to what happened to your jewelry. Depending on the type of coverage you have, you may have to pay a deductible before beginning the replacement or repair process.

Your insurer may require you to use a jeweler or other company of their choice. With a jewelry protection insurance policy, your insurer would permit you to have repair or replacement work done at a jeweler of your choice, and would provide you with the same kind and quality of jewelry as the missing or damaged piece. The covered amount of your jewelry with jewelry protection insurance is the appraised value of the piece after you pay your deductible, if your policy has one.

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