Your Jewelry and Airport Security: Do You Wear the Good Gold Stuff?

Gloved Screener at Airport

What about your jewelry and airport security? Can you wear your good stuff? And what about that big costume jewelry (not gold) watch, when you go through airport security?

Do you worry that all the gold and platinum in your rings will set off the alarms and get you strip searched in a dingy back room by some Neanderthal with thick, hairy hands?

Not a pleasant thought.

Should You Put Your Good Jewelry in Your Checked Baggage or Carry-On?

Do not put your favorite gold and platinum jewelry in your checked baggage. If they lose your suitcase you’ll be so sad.

After a bit of research I did and an interesting email from my client Lorrie, I’ve discovered that you are better off travelling with your nice jewelry than stacking on the costume jewelry. Really? Yup!

Tanzanite and Diamond Ring

This Tanzanite and Diamond Platinum and Gold Ring Should Sail Through Security

Gold and Platinum are Not Magnetic

The security system at airports is among other things looking for magnetic metals.

You are more likely to set off the alarm wearing cheap costume jewelry, frequently made with magnetic metals, than fine gold and platinum jewelry.

It is often advised that you leave your fine gold and platinum jewelry on your person as it is unlikely to cause the security system to react.

Leave Your Large Costume Jewelry in Your Carry-on Bag

Because many of the costume jewelry metals are magnetic it’s better not to wear them through security and then have to take them off. Put your costume jewelry in your carry-on bag.

If your carry-on bag sets off an alarm it’s easy for the security personnel to look inside and see at a glance what is setting it off instead of having you remove all of your jewelry from your body and possibly leave something behind. I left my cell phone behind at a security area. Not a happy trip.

What the Security Guards Say

What did the screeners themselves have to say about your jewelry and airport security? One screener said the small amounts of metal in a ring won’t set off the alarms and at any rate, to never put your good jewelry on the conveyor belt. It could fall off and get lost.

Another screener at another airport said to never remove your jewelry, period. Another suggested putting your belt and any larger costume watches in your carry-on bag. Normally, this won’t set off the flashing red lights and obnoxious buzzers.

If it does and your bag gets searched, hopefully the guards will quickly see the offending object was your big costume jewelry watch and not a homemade bomb.

Lady being screened at airport

Don’t Let Your Bra Slow Down Your Trip Through Security

Your Underwire Bra is More Likely to Set off Alarms Than Your Jewelry

What might set off the alarm is your under-wire bra. That and other advice is in “What Not to Wear: How to Speed Through Airport Security

Fly the Friendly Skies With Your Calla Gold Jewelry!

As for me and travelling, I’ll keep wearing my good jewelry!

So I ask you, good readers, what’s been your experience?

Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla Gold

 

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About Calla Gold

Calla Gold is a Personal Jeweler and Author who takes pride in working with clients one-on-one to integrate their personal sense of style and taste into custom designed jewelry and repaired jewelry pieces.   Unlike typical Santa Barbara jewelry businesses, Calla Gold has no brick-and-mortar location. Calla Gold comes to you, bringing you the jewelry collection you want to see and collaborating with you to create unique custom jewelry. Calla also works with at-a-distance clients.

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Lee
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Calla, I used to wear three Cartier love bracelets. One rose, one yellow and one white. They set off those dang alarms every time I went through. I have been felt up at every major airport across the country. Enjoyed this. The post, not being felt up!

Lisa Darsonval
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Hey there Calla Gold! I love it, you are branching out into bra advice! But seriously, thank you for this advice! I actually switched to bras that didn’t have underwire to avoid the unwanted “pat downs”. Any tidbit that will minimize a search is an appreciated one. I’m so glad I can wear my good jewelry through security. It is a part of me and my life. Thanks to this blog article I’ll never put my good jewelry into one of those little buckety plastic containers for the x-ray machine ever again. And I’ll leave my sports magnetic muscle wrap… Read more »

anne orfila
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I’ve never taken my “good jewelry” off to go through airport security and it hasn’t been a problem. However, I am not stacking Cartier love bracelets on my arm, although I wish I could say that I was! 😀 Lastly, I always pack my costumer jewelry in my luggage. If it gets lost, no worries.

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Tom

Good suggestion mate. I have been through these airport search-hurdles once and felt really bad. Anyways Calla, this information will help a lot to avoid these hassles in the future. What tripped me up was wearing a bunch of costume jewelry with my good jewelry. Not recommended. Thanks.
Tom

Lee Armstrong
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Lee Armstrong

Hello Calla,
I read your post about jewelry and airport security with interest. Is it possible for a 14kt gold, heavy bangle to set off an alarm?
Lee

shell gomez
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shell gomez

Hi miss calla,

Just one little question.. How about if i will put jewelries inside my shoes, is it can be detected by the security alarm? Thanks in advance

Shell

padmajaenumula
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padmajaenumula

i lost my jewllery gold at security checks. does escurity people nick my gold jewllery from my hand bag? please replay me.

Jasmine
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Jasmine

Hi. I was just wondering I wear two gold necklaces and one of them has diamonds embedded in it and I was wondering if that would set the alarm
Off. I need and answer by tomorrow. Thank you

MindOwn
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MindOwn

My wife has alot of 18k gold. About 100 grams of 18k gold. We are about to go to U.S.A. Will we able to travel with it? Thanks!

Roland
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Roland

Can one Gram be carry along to USA ? 2:3 karats .

Ben
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Ben

Hi I am planning on proposing to my girlfriend on holiday what is the best way to get the ring through security without my partner knowing I have it?

Ben

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