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TigerEye

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if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« on: August 03, 2010, 12:58:19 AM »
I want to ask you all a question... If you were to be robbed and your jewellery was stolen... would you be able to describe each individual piece to the police??

Next question... would you be willing to pay a professional photographer to take photos of your jewellery should the unlikely event actually occur??

and one last thing... if you had accurate detailed photos of your jewellery and the jewels were stolen or lost - do you think you would have more chance of recovering the missing items by using the photos??
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Re: if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2010, 01:19:09 AM »
I was going to vote no ... but then your extra comments and questions made me think about this one.  I probably would consider both high monetary and high sentimental value items for photos.  I'd try to take the images myself first but if the value was very high I might get in professionals. 

I'm not sure if recovery of stolen goods has a high success rate these days but it would definitely help the authorities and might also be worth running past pawn brokers. 

I don't think I'd bother with the low to moderate value gems and jewellery ... and it would give me an excuse to go and find more!

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Re: if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2010, 07:30:43 AM »
my wife just came up with something. if it was worth taking a photo of, wouldn't you have it insured and if thats the case you would have to have a cert of authenticity. do they have photos on them? we dont know we have nothing that is worth anything  :(

anyway just a thought

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Re: if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2010, 07:59:34 AM »
Cert of authenticity do have photos on them  :)

Recovery is not a high priority with the police.
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.

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Re: if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2010, 08:38:14 AM »
 A great question TigerEye,
  Having photographic history must surely help in identifying and in the recovery of stolen Jewellery.Some basic description may help but If stolen items are found the Picture would make the Police Job much easier.
 Would the majority be willing to pay for this? In todays world Im not sure many would but backed up with a simple measurement of any Gems and a overall weight the service would have more appeal? I guess the cost involved along with any perceived risk (shipping etc) will also play on customers minds.
  Having said that I reckon the big demand for professional Photography in the sector is more for the Jewellery Shops or individual Jewellers wanting to set up there own websites and showcase there work,everyone wants that website and without good images its pretty hard.  
 Everyone should consider discussing with there insurer pieces of high monetary or sentimental value and consider noting these if appropriate on your policy.
 Cheers Andrew
  

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Re: if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2010, 10:13:50 AM »
Hi,
For our contents insurance (including jewellery) we take pictures and for the better stuff we get a valuation certificate as well. Each of the better items is itemised in the policy ... otherwise the limit on any jewelery claim is about $1000 (in total). I'm not sure everyone knows about the limits on jewelery & collections etc.... it's worth checking your policy closely.  You can even insure your gem collection as long as you tell them about it and keep a list of what you have .... and even better have pictures.  I don't think you need professional photos .... just fairly good close-ups would be OK.
If in doubt, best to contact your insurance company and get a reply in writing.
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Re: if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2010, 10:15:30 AM »
Other than the fact that i don't own anything that value, i wouldn't pay for a photo.  If i wanted a photo i would take it myself (yes it would be poor quality but good enough for insurance purposes) or if i had something extremely valuable i would have it insured.

Just my 2 pessimistic cents :)

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Re: if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2010, 12:48:25 PM »
If in doubt, best to contact your insurance company and get a reply in writing.

Paul makes a good point about insuring jewellery - the rules vary a lot between insurers and sometimes people can find they were not quite as insured as they thought.

My previous boss insured a lot of his wife's jewellery a few years back and there were very specific rules and restrictions on how the items were stored - if the premises did not meet the specs, the policy may be invalid for a claim.  He had a lot of valuations done (all with good descriptions and photos) but had to upgrade some of his home security to get the insurance company on board.  Something to check.

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Re: if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2010, 02:00:45 PM »
I know one person who was told don't bother insuring. The cost of insurance was waaaay up there on the good items. Would you believe she was told, just buy yourself a new piece every year and you'll still be saving....go figure.  :o

Tiger, I get where you are coming from. Jewellery is 'the' hardest subject to accomplish. To be able to achieve a true representation of both metal and gems without spending all your time in photoshop is a real art. If you succeed, kudos, you will be sought out, as Leah said, with the jewellers/stores.
Today, a lot of appraisals come with photos. Many p and s cameras are satisfactory for police ID, therefore Joe public will chose this option.
 
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Re: if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2010, 02:11:14 PM »
Thank you all very very much. Your feed back is wonderful! I do appreciate honest opinions! Thank you all again! You have all been very great helps!  ;D
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Re: if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2010, 05:02:53 PM »
I wouldn't bother getting it done professionally - I could do it myself!

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Re: if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2010, 05:15:14 PM »

 Just an idea,to use your passion for photography and Gems might be an idea to look into becoming qualified to do insurance Valuations yourself.
Then you can offer decent pictures as well ;D and make a couple of dollars along the way 8)
Cheers Andrew

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Re: if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2010, 05:41:43 PM »
that is something I will be looking into. right now I'm just trying to work out if it is in fact a road I want to go down!! Hence asking the question!
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Re: if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2010, 06:41:11 PM »
Good idea Tiger Eye, contact your local press and advertise and grow from there.  Go to your local insurance agencies and get their feedback, if I remember rightly QBE was a big outfit in Armidale.

Will an insurance company accept a pic as proof of ownership?

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Re: if your jewellery was lost/stolen...
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2010, 10:01:28 PM »
Will an insurance company accept a pic as proof of ownership?

good question... I have no idea about that! Yet another thing for me to research. Thanks! :)
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