Shipping diamonds, pearls, rubies, sapphires or emeralds overseas

Life is full of surprises and we may never know what the future has in store for us. Today you feel happy where you are and tomorrow, who knows? Maybe you’ll fall in love with a person living on the other side of the world and will decide to move there for good… This romantic fairy-tale is not as rare as it seems. Chances are that one day you’ll need to carry all your jewels and other valuable items to another country. Here at Eurosender, we have noticed that many of our clients are interested in the possibility of shipping diamonds, pearls, rubies, sapphires or emeralds overseas. Quite a few of them also ask us about sending gold, silver or platinum bullion bars abroad. On this page, we’ll tell you how to prepare precious metals and stones for shipping.

How to send precious and semi-precious stones by courier?

Whether you’re an individual traveller looking for safe and speedy delivery, or a dealer in precious metals and stones, with Eurosender you’ll always get the best possible quality/price ratio for logistics services.

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If you’re interested in sending precious stones, gold, silver or platinum bullion bars abroad, follow these simple steps:

Choose the pick-up and delivery countries, the number of packages and their weight.

You will be provided with the best available offer.

Fill in the form with your details and pay for the service.

Get informed on how to prepare your items for shipping.

Whether you’re shipping diamonds, pearls, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, gold, silver, platinum overseas or domestically, here are some useful elements you need to keep in mind:

  • Prepare precious metals and stones properly for shipping. Good packaging minimizes the risks of damage. Some pieces made of precious metals and gemstones are considered as fragile items, so they need to be treated with the utmost care.
  • Measure your shipment. When you need to send precious and semi-precious stones by courier, start with measuring the dimensions of your shipment carefully and insert them in our Shipment Size Checker. If you ship these items with other personal belongings and your parcel is longer than 175 cm or heavier than 40 kg (30 kg for some routes), you will need a pallet delivery service or an individual offer.

Check your parcel dimensions

  • Check whether you need to print out the label and attach it to your shipment. In most cases, this service is provided by the delivery company, whilst in some countries, clients will be asked to do it on their own.
  • Use the tool below to calculate the estimated delivery time.
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If you need more useful tips on how to pack and ship precious metals and stones, get in touch with us. Write us an e-mail or call us and our friendly logistics professionals will provide you with their insights. Upon your request, they can also create a tailored offer just for you.

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Packaging materials

You’ll find below a list of materials that will help you prepare precious metals and stones for shipping.

  • Original packaging with certificate (if applicable). The original packaging will simplify the process of sending gold, silver or platinum bullion bars abroad and will help you protect the bars and their edges. You might need special jewellery packaging to send precious and semi-precious stones by courier.
  • Cardboard boxes– they are needed to transport your items safely. You might need two boxes to protect your items.
  • Bubble wrap – it is the best packaging material to protect delicate items.
  • Cushioning materials– you can use packing peanuts, polystyrene chips, Styrofoam sheets, crumpled newspapers, and foam wrap to cushion the internal space of the box.
  • Adhesive tape– to secure the items, packaging materials, and the seams of the box.

Now you have all you need to prepare precious metals and stones for shipping. Let’s move on to the packaging part.

How to pack and ship precious metals and stones

We’d like to provide you with some useful tips on how to pack and ship precious metals and stones.

  • When it comes to shipping diamonds, pearls, rubies, sapphires or emeralds overseas, it is highly recommended to use special jewellery boxes. This kind of packaging is crucial when you prepare precious metals and stones for shipping.
  • If you haven’t managed to find the right jewellery box, take a cardboard box of adequate size and fill it up with cushioning materials.
  • When sending gold, silver or platinum bullion bars abroad, use bubble wrap to protect your precious metals from any possible damages. The same goes for precious stones.
  • Place precious stones or precious metals in the box. Surround the items by cushioning materials and close the box.
  • Carefully shake the box to see if anything is moving or making a sound.
  • Then fill up the bigger box with cushioning materials. Place the first box in the second box. Check that there are no empty spaces left in the bigger box.
  • Close the box, tape it and check one last time if you hear any noise when you slightly shake it.

A few words about sending gold, silver or platinum bullion bars abroad

Even though most courier companies don’t recommend sending precious metals and precious stones, it is possible to ship such items, provided that you prepare precious metals and stones properly for shipping and take all the necessary precautions. Please, consider that shipping diamonds, pearls, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, as well as gold, silver and platinum domestically or overseas is always at your own risk, as these items are not covered by shipping insurance. If you’d like to learn more about the specifics of such shipments, you’ll find some useful information in our article on prohibited and restricted items.

When sending gold, silver or platinum bullion bars abroad within the EU, never mention precious metals in the package nature information. The same goes for shipping diamonds, pearls, rubies, sapphires or emeralds overseas. If you’re planning to send precious and semi-precious stones, as well as other valuables by courier outside the EU, please, bear in mind that your goods will be subject to a customs clearance procedure. Thus, you will have to declare the exact contents of your parcel.

If you need advice on how to pack and ship precious metals and stones, feel free to contact our friendly customer support team. Our logistics experts will gladly help you.

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Take these guidelines into consideration when shipping diamonds, pearls, rubies, sapphires or emeralds overseas. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. In case you decide to send precious and semi-precious stones by courier, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment