RedWolf - 4:30 pm on Dec 29, 2003 (gmt 0)
It is actually an Australian Post restriction, not a USPS one. There are a few contries that I send jewelry to whose postal system have similar restrictions. Look through the regs and see if there is a special method that will work. For example into Canada, I can send lower value items Registered Mail to meet the requirements. Other countries only allow jewelry via insured airmail, etc. In the end, there is probably no way that they would know what is in the package except the customs declatation. If it is an item that you can describe differently, then you shouldn't have any problem. For example, I sent a cross pendant to Australia, and just filled out the customs form as Merchandise, Religous Item, US$60.