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Illustrated Guide to Jewelry Appraising: Antique, Period, and Modern [Hardcover]

A Miller
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June 27 2002 Illustrated Guide to Jewelry Appraising
In this companion volume to Gems & Jewelry Appraising, 2nd Edition, the first comprehensive book on appraising, Registered Master Valuer Anna M. Miller offers a comprehensive guide to antique, period, and contemporary jewelry identification and appraisal.

Offering clear, practical, insightful guidance with a wealth of photos and figures, Illustrated Guide to Jewelry Appraising, 2nd Edition contains expert information, case studies, typical problems, pricing data, and key documents. Features include:

A review of the appraiser's role and responsibilities
Value approach methods that offer jewelers and appraisers clear standards for estimating value; complete instructions on doing full narrative jewelry descriptions; a practical methodology to research and assemble data needed for an accurate estimation of value; a complete Model Appraisal Document that readers can use as an example for their own documents; an Appraisal Glossary covering all technical terms that will help appraisers communicate effectively; all types of pieces are covered in detail, from rings, earrings, necklaces and pendants to chains, bracelets, brooches, and cameos, as well as less common items such as charms and stickpins; key aspects including design influences, costuming, social behavior, and the significance of color in each time period are also explored, to give the appraiser a deeper understanding of the many elements that contribute to value.

This one-of-a-kind reference is an essential working guide for all appraisers, jewelers, antique dealers, collectors, auctioneers, insurance adjustors, and gem labs.


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"An intensely practical guide....valuable to many audiences." -- Gem Correspondent

"Anna Miller's book is destined to become the classic text for jewelry appraisers, as well as jewelers, auctioneers, students, and collectors of jewelry." -- National Jeweler

"For a person who wishes to make his or her living appraising, this book will be an invaluable resource." -- Jewelers' Circular-Keystone

"This fine book...is strongly recommended for anyone involved in, or contemplating involvement in, the gem and jewelry appraisal process." -- The Appraiser, The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers

"[A] welcome addition to any appraiser's reference shelf." -- Gems & Gemology, The Gemological Institute of America

About the Author

Anna M. Miller, G.G., M.G.A., R.M.V, is a jewelry historian, author, lecturer and instructor.

The developer of the Master Valuer Program, a jewelry appraisal course that has been taught worldwide, she currently consults with individuals and companies on buying, selling, appraising, and interpreting the jewelry arts.

Miller is the author of five books on gems and jewelry, including Cameos Old and New and Gems & Jewelry Appraising.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Nuts & Bolts" of Appraisal Practice! July 1 2000
By Linda
Format:Hardcover
Anna Miller, in her recently updated version (9-99) of "The Illustrated Guide to Jewelry Appraising", gives a novice or a professional some expert information in this edition. The concepts and principles section alone is worth the price of the book, but her book also covers everthing from making the "correct identification" to tips on the appraisal document itself. Also included is supplemental info. on antique jewelry, estimating values and appraisal narrative, plus weight estimation formulas for unusual diamond cuts. I would suggest her book to anyone with an interest in appraising or anyone who has the need to understand the process of jewelry evaluation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Nuts & Bolts" of Appraisal Practice! July 1 2000
By Linda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Anna Miller, in her recently updated version (9-99) of "The Illustrated Guide to Jewelry Appraising", gives a novice or a professional some expert information in this edition. The concepts and principles section alone is worth the price of the book, but her book also covers everthing from making the "correct identification" to tips on the appraisal document itself. Also included is supplemental info. on antique jewelry, estimating values and appraisal narrative, plus weight estimation formulas for unusual diamond cuts. I would suggest her book to anyone with an interest in appraising or anyone who has the need to understand the process of jewelry evaluation.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A narrative jewelry description, a methodology for research, and much more Sept. 6 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Maybe you think the fine art of jewelry appraising is one of determining value alone - but there's so much more to the skill, as Registered Master Valuer and jewelry historian Anna Miller reveals in Illustrated Guide To Jewelry Appraising 3rd Edition: Antique, Period & Modern. Her updated, expanded new third edition combines case studies and typical valuation challenges with key documents to aid in the pricing process, instructions on how to do a narrative jewelry description, a methodology for research, and much more. Loaded with practical, technical data, Illustrated Guide To Jewelry Appraising should not be missed by any serious jewelry collector.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book Feb. 1 2009
By momofthree - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has some valuable information and it is worth reading if you are a novice and you purchase a lot of jewelry for pleasure and business.
However, I noticed that she tells one story about cameo values in this book and tells the complete opposite in her cameo third edition book. That was a "red flag" warning in my opinion.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Appraising Jewelry Feb. 1 2011
By Rabiah Shah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Thoroughly explains how to appraise jewelry, stones, etc but tends to assume the reader has a foundation from which the author then adds to. If you're a novice this book will be a little difficult to comprehend, otherwise it's a great read.
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the companion volume to Gems and Jewelry Appraising May 17 2014
By Karen Overturf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Purchased as a companion volume for my own reference in the future. It appears to be very thorough and knowledgeable.
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