J-BAR Course Wins Praise, Sells Well

October 1, 2003

J-BAR Course Wins Praise, Sells Well

Since its debut at the JCK Show-Las Vegas, the Jewelers Board of Appraisal Review course has been sold to 300 people and the test results are positive – more than 70 students have taken and passed the exam so far.

"I applaud the JVC for producing an introductory appraisal course that provides valuation basics and emphasizes the legal responsibilities and liabilities that face everyone in our industry who appraises," says Thom Underwood, G.G., A.S.A., of Quantum Leap, who has taken the exam. "J-BAR Jewelry Appraisal Basics is a primer of the principles, ethics and professional standards surrounding the profession of jewelry appraising."

Appraiser Don Palmieri concurs. "The J-BAR course provides an excellent legal and ethical foundation for all gem and jewelry appraisers, regardless of experience or primary service within the industry," he says. Palmieri, who also tackled the exam, is the chairman of the Master Gemological Appraiser Certification Program of the American Society of Appraisers and president of Gem Certification and Appraisal Lab, New York City.

"We're gratified that our hard work is being recognized by appraisal experts," says Cecilia L. Gardner, executive director and legal counsel for the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, of which J-Bar is a department. "Of course, it's the beginning appraisers we designed this course to assist, and they are reaping the benefits of smart appraisal practice that directly and positively affects their bottom line."

The course is the first major offering of J-BAR, which will launch a J-BAR Directory in 2004. The publication will be distributed to users of appraisal services, including appraisers, insurance companies, consumer protection bureaus and state's attorney generals. It will contain a listing of all the appraisers who have passed the J-BAR exam, along with each appraiser's credentials and experience, other appraisal organizations' standards and codes, suggested appraisal forms, sample legal protection language, education resources and publications and a glossary.

The book will also offer advertising opportunities. Those interested in advertising should call Gardner at JVC at (212) 997-2002.

To view J-BAR's Standards & Practices, or to learn more about J-BAR, go to jbar.org.

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