Dear Joe, I have been using the U.S. Postal Service for shipping
jewelry for many years and I insure the jewelry for the full
retail price, so if it is lost or disappears I can remake the
jewelry and still not lose any money in the process.
Using Fed-Ex or UPS requires a separate insurance rider if I am
not mistaken,at least it did a few years back…haven’t checked
in a long time.
A cautionary note…in labeling try to use names that do not
indicate jewelry inside the box. Keep very good records and
receipts on cost as the Post Office requires excellent records if
the insured item was misplaced while en-route and insured by
them, if you want your money.
As for the expense of it…well yes it is the cost of doing
business and the postage is added to the price if it is
appropriate. I always make it very clear with the customer before
I begin any work , if the item must be mailed , if it is to be
charged to customer or to me.
In the last 15 years I have had only one item lost in the mail,
a pair of earrings, that was sent to downtown NYC…(figures)