Jewellery is not just an accessory. It could have deep sentiment or significant family history attached to it, which is why you want to protect it as much as possible. There are horror stories about items being stolen or scammed so here are a few tips to keep your property secure.
An important first step is finding a good jewellery store, one with trustworthy staff that makes you feel comfortable. Taking care of your treasures so they maintain their highest value will probably mean professional repair and cleaning. If you’re going to leave your jewellery in a store, you want to be assured that you get back what is yours.
“We tell all customers that if they hesitate in leaving something with us, we’re not an overnight store,” says Rob Bozuk, a gemologist at Prestige Jewellery.
This is what you should be looking for. You want a jewellery store that has an established place in the community and a good reputation. Should you ever need to leave a cherished piece somewhere, you want to know you’ll get back your own property in better shape than ever.
Look for word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and colleagues, people who will share their honest opinions with you.
Another way to protect your property is by having it insured. Whether it’s a brand new piece or a family heirloom, Robert says he advises his customers to get their pieces insured. Before doing that, they need to be appraised. This can be done at many reputable jewellery stores for a fee.
Not sure if the fee is worth it? Bring the piece in question to Prestige Jewellery and the staff will take a look to see if they believe it should be appraised for insurance purposes. With a simple yes or no, you will have an expert opinion on whether you should continue the process.
For all of your jewellery needs, head to Prestige Jewellery. They have received the Georgina Advocate’s Readers’ Choice Award every single year since 1999. That means you’re dealing with a trustworthy and expert source. You can call them at 905-476-3700 or visit www.prestigejewellery.ca for more information.