A client in the States once told me that Christie’s and Sotheby’s
always insist on shipping any and all items of significant
value(within the US) by registered mail only, and consequently
requested her handmade gold ring be sent to her by registered mail.
Since it has to be signed for every single step of the journey, it
would be extremely difficult for a piece of registered mail to go
astray. Thus, the insurance on registered packages is truly minimal!
I always send jewelry within the US Registered Mail.20
True, an insured piece gone lost is tantamount to another sale (!),
but sometimes one would rather not lose the piece (e.g.,
one-of-a-kind, sentimental value, an heirloom, upset for the client,
Janet in Jerusalem