"I never thought it could happen to me."
These words uttered by far too many customers searching for their stolen jewelry have become an all-too-familiar and unsettling chorus to us at Tick Tock Jewelers. The sheer amount of people who have reached out to us as victims of theft is almost as staggering and unfortunate as the fact that their entire family heirloom and beautiful jewelry collection is now gone without a trace.
Just like characters in a soap opera hold steadfastly to the hope that their loved one will come out of a decade-long coma, many victims of jewelry theft like to believe that they will be able to find and reclaim their stolen pieces of jewelry someday; or that their pieces have somehow been sold by the thief and taken in by a nearby jewelry store. The sad truth is that this is incredibly unlikely (and in our experience as jewelers and soap-opera watchers, less-likely than a soap-opera coma revival).
What can be done?
It is unfortunate that tragedies like these occur in the first place and that there isn't much to be done after-the-fact. As with any sudden, heartbreaking misfortune or affliction, hindsight is 20/20 and the greatest power usually lies in prevention.
A great way to prevent damage from a car accident is to never text and drive, to have insurance and always wear a seat belt. A great way to prevent certain harmful health conditions is to maintain a good diet and exercise program. Likewise, the best way to alleviate the financial blow of a robbery is to have had your most valuable pieces appraised by a trustworthy jeweler and added to your insurance.
There are many other benefits to having your family jewels appraised. In our next blog we will guide you through the appraisal process and disclose even more of these benefits.