Are you shipping jewelry? Don’t miss out on these packaging ideas and tips for shipping internationally or locally.
If you plan to sell your handmade jewelry or you simply want to send it to friends and family as gifts, you’ll need to know how to ship jewelry.
I’m sure you’ll want to do everything possible to ensure that it arrives without damage and is not lost or stolen. You’ll also need to make sure that it’s as affordable as possible ’cause no-one really wants to spend a lot of money on shipping.
Here’s the best way to ship jewelry so that it reaches its destination in one piece.
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7 Tips For Shipping Jewelry
How To Package Jewelry For Shipping
The first thing you’ll need to think about is jewelry packaging ideas. After all, you can’t just send the jewelry off as is, can you?
Packaging is an incredibly important factor when it comes to shipping jewelry for several reasons.
First of all, if you’re selling handmade jewelry especially online, this is a good opportunity to think about branding. How do you want customers to perceive your business? Are you selling rustic items or more expensive luxury pieces? Your packaging can evoke the feeling you want including the colors, logo etc.
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Secondly, how expensive is your jewelry packaging? You don’t want to be spending a ton of money just on the wrapping.
The third thing you need to consider is how much does your packaging weigh? The heavier a package, the more expensive it is to ship.
Is your packaging time efficient? It’s really nice to receive something that has clearly been lovingly wrapped. It’s nestled in bundles of tissue paper, with a pretty sticker holding it together. And then, that is tucked into a box wrapped with twine and has a little handwritten tag attached.
That’s all fine and good for a one-off package but if you’re running a business, are you going to take the time to do all of that for every sale you make? Decide on jewelry packaging that looks good but doesn’t take forever to put together.
Finally, encourage repeat sales by including your contact information in each package. You could slip a business card into the package or even use printed tags. Whatever you choose to do, make sure it’s easy for the recipient to contact you later if they want to make another order.
How To Pack Jewelry
Once you’ve decided what jewelry packaging supplies you’ll be using, you need to make sure your pieces will be secure. After all, it doesn’t matter how pretty your packaging is if the jewelry is damaged once it arrives.
Here are some ways to secure jewelry you’re shipping:
- Place small components in a resealable bag
- Use display cards for thin chain necklaces
- Tape items that might become tangled in transit
- Use packaging supplies specially made for a specific item e.g. ring boxes with a slot to hold the ring in place
- Seal the envelope or box properly
- Place the final package in a bubble mailer
- Use layers of bubble wrap, tissue paper or regular paper to add more padding, especially if shipping in a box.
Your package needs to pass through several hands before it actually reaches its final stop. It may even be left on someone’s doorstep.
Don’t make it obvious what’s inside the wrapping especially if it’s a high value item. This will just tempt thieves.
If you’re running a business, stolen packages can cost you big-time. The customer may think you never sent the item or you may have to pay to replace it. Either way, that hurts your business.
How To Ship Jewelry
Selecting the right courier is a big part of shipping jewelry and making sure it gets where it needs to go safely. If it’s an expensive item, use an experienced and trusted courier.
You’ll also need to be aware of any restrictions if you’re going to be shipping jewelry internationally. Gold and other precious metals may only be shipped under certain criteria. Do your research and see if there’s anything you need to know.
Track Your Package
Packages are lost or stolen all the time. Not only is this very frustrating, it can cost you money.
Tracking is an easy way to know where a package is or where it was last. You can find missing packages a whole lot easier when there’s a tracking number assigned to them.
There will be times that a package is lost or damaged even though you’ve taken every precaution. If this happens, you could lose out on all the money you spent creating the item and shipping it. Not to mention, you’ll have to replace it if it was a purchase order.
Getting insurance is a safety net that will ease your mind (and wallet) if something does go wrong.
Request Signature Upon Delivery
There may be instances where a package was delivered but it sat on the recipient’s doorstep and was stolen.
To avoid this, request a delivery signature. If there’s no-one around to accept it, the courier will take it back to storage so it’s not left unattended.
Shipping jewelry might seem really intimidating. Hopefully, these tips will ease your mind and help you take the necessary precautions to make sure your package arrives safe and sound.