All you need to know about engagement ring insurance uk
Engagement ring insurance
You're engaged, congrats! While a list of wedding tasks will be compiling in your head, the last thing you've probably thought about is engagement ring insurance.
Or you haven’t proposed yet but are planning too soon. Either way now’s the perfect time to start thinking about getting the best ring insurance for you, as it’s safest to sort it straight away. More and more people are insuring their engagement rings, and here at Urban Jungle we've seen a huge 554% increase in cover for engagement and wedding rings since 2019!
Covering your ring
The first question is how to keep it safe (or popping the question, up to you!), it’s worth noting that 11% of couples have lost an expensive ring in the past 5 years, and 12% have reported theirs damaged. Those stats only cover people with insurance, so that number’s probably far higher. It’s plain to see that when it comes to engagement ring insurance in the UK, awareness is pretty low.
Insurance isn’t quite as romantic as getting engaged, and as a result people don’t know about it or decide to put it off for another day. In fact, research by Yours magazine suggests that only half of UK couples insure their rings. Luckily, Urban Jungle, is here to tell you all you need to watch out for and how to make sure you’re getting a good deal!
Cover included with your contents insurance
The good news is that some of you are in for a happy surprise, as your ring could actually already be included in your contents insurance! This all depends on how much it cost when you bought it (or how much it’s been valued at recently) and if you’ve added cover out of home.
To find out if it’s already insured, just look to see what the coverage is like for items under a certain price, and what level of cover you originally picked. Your contents insurance will always cover any item which is less than a limit they decide.
If you’re with Urban Jungle's Contents Insurance product, then anything under £2,000 is covered when at home automatically, without you having to declare it. If your ring costs more than that and you want to include cover when you’re out of home, then you will need to specify the item.
Make sure to contact your provider to find out how to go about adding it to your policy, and if it seems expensive or too complicated then don’t be afraid to look elsewhere (it’s pretty easy to add to your Urban Jungle policy when buying online).
Alternatively, you could get a standalone policy to cover your ring. This will nearly always cost you more, but if the ring’s worth a lot of money, or you’re particularly prone to losing things, then this could be the best way of covering it. This sometimes means that your coverage is more generous, for example there may be laxer restrictions on travel and you may not have an excess.
No matter what insurance type you opt for, you must always read through the policy – although it may seem like it’s covering all the bases on paper, in reality you may not be getting as extensive a service as you thought.
How much will it cost?
Based on the Refinery 29’s calculations of an average spend on an engagement ring (£1,080) and how much millennials spend on average (£2,827) we compared quotes for standalone cover and adding a ring to contents insurance. We also threw in a £5,000 ring for good measure, to get a more rounded idea of what insurance could cost you.
We did some digging to check out how much your contents insurance will go up by if you add a ring for personal possession to your plan. We went for Direct Line, Lloyds, and LV (as well as ourselves) to compare. We also checked how much standalone insurance would cost with TH March, AssetSure and Ripe Insurance. Here are the average prices* for both across a range of post codes:
|Ring with value of £1,080||Ring with value of £2,827||Ring with value of £5,000|
|Average increase for contents||£37.12||£63.32||£103.83|
|Average standalone price||£66.83||£75.05||£105.64|
*prices from February 2018
One thing that might put you off standalone insurance, however, is that a lot of the providers are a little traditional and still insist on talking to you over the phone instead of showing you a quote upfront. Such insurers do have the advantage, however, of knowing a lot more about your ring – to get your cover you need to tell them what metal, stone, and carat your ring is, which could come in handy down the line.
The coverage offered by providers will differ, but the main thing that you’ll want to look out for is their limit – no matter what the type of insurance. If you’ve got an expensive ring, then your priority should be finding a policy which will cover your ring for its full price – this is also true of replacements and repairs. Speaking of which, some insurance companies will only let you go to selected retailers for repairs and replacements, which is fine if you don’t have a preference, but can pose problems if not.
How to tell the value of a ring?
If this information has left you asking yourself 'how much is my ring worth?', then fear not, we can help you out! If you bought it recently, then it’s worth the price you paid in the shop. If it’s a bit older, an heirloom for example, then it’s worth getting a valuation as the price of precious metals and stones changes over time. Prices for valuations will vary, so (as always) it’s worth shopping around until you find a jeweller with reasonable fees.
Once you’ve got your valuation or bought your ring, be sure to file your documentation away somewhere safe, and to take photos of the ring as it was when you insured it. The photos are key, as they will be used to base a valuation on if you decide that the value of the ring is different to the value insured. To avoid having such a problem, the official advice is to get a new valuation every three years, especially once you’ve had your ring for a while.
What coverage do I need for ring insurance uk?
Once you’ve figured out which sort of insurance you want to go for, there are a few other things you’ll need to decide. First of all, will you need cover abroad? More and more people are choosing to propose abroad, in which case it’s a good idea to get it insured before jetting off (heaven forbid you lose the ring before you’re even engaged!) If an international proposal isn’t your style, chances are you’ll be going on holiday – or honeymoon – at some point. You should think about covering your ring for theft, loss and accidental damage.
One of the top claims made is for jewellery lost while on holiday – it’s easy for a ring to fall off in the pool or sea, or for you to forget where you left it when you’re in an unfamiliar location. Your travel insurance will most likely cover one item of your choice, so if your engagement ring is the most valuable item going on holiday with you then it may be the one to add. Otherwise your contents insurance or ring insurance should cover it if you’re away for less than 60 days.
Urban Jungle's Contents Insurance includes cover for engagement rings under £2,000 when at home automatically, without you having to declare it.
Claims on engagement rings
You’ll probably also be wondering how to reduce your chances of needing to make a claim. The most common claims for engagement rings are: mysterious disappearance (i.e. loss), the ring falling down the drain, losing it while swimming, chipping it against something, or losing it on holiday. So, it’s safe to say that water and soap are definitely not your ring’s best friend. It could be worth taking off your ring when you’re in the shower, washing up, or before going for a dip in the sea or pool. It’s pretty difficult to avoid chipping your ring – if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, but if you want to avoid it falling out of its setting you may want to have a jeweller take a look at it every few years. Some policies may cover preventative repairs, so look out for that.
Check out our guide on insurance claims here.
If you’re looking for innovative ways to avoid losing your ring, then there are various things you could do. Many people fall into the dangerous trap of taking off a ring to avoid it getting wet (when washing your hands, for example), and then forgetting about it and losing it. You could remedy this by putting it in a pocket when in unfamiliar locations, or having a dish by the kitchen sink to put it in when you wash up. Chances of scuffing it are increased in gyms so it could be worth taking it off or putting it on a chain around your neck. It’s even possible to buy silicone rings, such as these by Enso, which are more suited to an active lifestyle (and not as expensive as a traditional ring). Often though, the easiest and safest thing to do is simply to take it off if you think it’s a little risky and to always put it in the same place so that you remember it better.
The next thing you’ll want to know is how to go about making a claim. If it’s lost or stolen, many insurers will want you to report it to the police within 24 hours and you’ll need to provide them with proof of ownership and either your receipt or an up to date valuation report, whichever is more recent. The process will vary between providers but generally it’s the same as usual – make contact ASAP. The same goes for making a change; different providers will have different approaches to changes, but the key thing is just to contact them (preferably before buying your cover) to find out how cooperative they are when it comes to changes and if you’ll be charged anything extra.
Finding the right insurance for you can be a bit of a hassle, but don’t let it distract you from enjoying engaged life or planning for the big day! If all goes to plan, you won’t have to think about your insurance again until renewal time, so it’s easiest to get it out of the way and then focus on the exciting stuff.
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