How to send precious and semi-precious stones and metals overseas
Individual shippers and jewellery businesses both look for ways to ship precious metals and stones by courier. Learn the regulations and advice to shipping precious metals such as gold, platinum or silver and stones. Find out more about the main guidelines for shipping gold, silver, diamonds or other precious metals and stones overseas.
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How to prepare precious metals and stones for shipping
When shipping uncut stones such as diamonds or rubies, or precious metals such as gold and silver, it is essential to keep these valuables safe during transport. Here are some tips to prepare a shipment of precious metals and stones properly.
- Special padded boxes to pack diamonds, pearls, rubies, sapphires, emeralds or any gold or silver jewellery for shipping. This way your pieces will fit snug inside the package and won’t move so much during transport.
- If you cannot use a jewellery box find a small, appropriately sized box and fill it with plenty of foam cushioning.
- Use bubble wrap to protect gold, silver or platinum bullion bars for shipping.
- Fill any extra space with cushioning, tissue paper or packing peanuts and shake the package gently to make sure items cannot move.
- Seal with tape and label ‘Fragile’ to minimise the risk of mishandling during transport.
Regulations on shipping precious metals and stones in the EU and internationally
Shipping precious metals and stones is usually prohibited by most courier companies. Depending on how valuable the items are, some companies may allow shipping them under specific conditions and upon signing relevant agreements.
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