With over thirty years experience, Gail Brett Levine, G.G., executive director of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA), knows how important it is for appraisers of all levels to have the most current, factual information available. From the established appraiser to the aspiring appraisal professional to the collector fascinated by the style and period of antique jewelry and wanting to learn more, Levine offers up-to-the-minute information that jewelers, gemologists and students of jewelry appraisal can't afford to miss. How can people succeed in the world of jewelry appraising today? How is the jewelry appraising landscape changing and what are the current trends?
"It is vital that novice and veteran appraisers have new information about how to navigate the labyrinth of proper appraisal procedures," comments Gail Brett Levine, G.G., editor of "Gems & Jewelry Appraising 3rd edition: Techniques of Professional Practice" (GemStone Press/January 2009/Hardcover/$39.99). "This new edition continues to set examples for practicing appraisers and helps fill in gaps in the body of knowledge of appraisal theory and methodology."
Newly revised, updated and expanded, "Gems & Jewelry Appraising" offers all the information that practicing or aspiring appraisal professionals need to establish an appraisal business, handle various kinds of appraisals - for insurance, divorce, inheritance, liquidation, collateral and tax donation - and provide an accurate, verifiable estimate of value. Including new information about watches, pearls, jadeite, ivory and lapidary art, along with tips on using digital cameras and much more, Levine provides everything an appraiser needs to know in order to be successful in today's marketplace.
Step-by-step instructions include professional guidance on how to:
Build a clientele, test metals, handle insurance replacement claims, set fees, research provenance, master the different approaches to valuation, get publicity, use price guides, understand legal and ethical aspects of appraising, research and write reports, photograph gems and jewelry, and much more!
About the Authors
Gail Brett Levine, G.G., executive director of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers and president/publisher of Auction Market Resource for Gems and Jewelry. An independent personal property appraiser, she has been in the jewelry trade for thirty years.
Anna M. Miller (1933-2003), G.G., RMV, a Master Gemologist Appraiser, jewelry historian, author, lecturer, instructor and developer of the MasterValuerTM Program, consulted with individuals and companies on buying, selling, appraising and interpreting the jewelry arts. Miller authored five books on gems and jewelry, including "Cameos Old & New" and "Illustrated Guide to Jewelry Appraising" (both GemStone Press).
"Gems & Jewelry Appraising, 3rd edition: Techniques of Professional Practice" is available from Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books-a-Million, Indigo/Chapters, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and many other booksellers, or directly from GemStone Press, 802-457-4000, www.gemstonepress.com. For credit card orders, call 800-962-4544. Add $3.95 shipping and handling for the first book, $2.50 for each additional book.