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The Practical Guide to Jewelry Appraising

The Fourth Edition contains information and addresses developments in the jewelry industry and appraisal profession. It’s a must-own guide for those in the jewelry industry and essential for appraisers.

First published in 1981, this is still the definitive guide for professionally appraising jewelry.

Topics include:
  • The different types of appraisals and the many fields they apply to
  • How to protect yourself when accepting jewelry to be appraised
  • How to evaluate synthetic and treated gemstones
  • What to charge for appraisals
  • Fair market value
  • Mediation and arbitration
  • How to be an expert witness
  • Provenance and chain of custody
  • Sample appraisals, contracts and forms


Gemological knowledge is not all that is required in appraising jewelry. This book introduces the reader to the methodologies of appraising and setting up a professional appraisal service.

IMPORTANT! Please send all questions about the book, including pricing and ordering information to Cos at cosaltobelli@gmail.com.

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