Copies of Altobelli’s Appraisal Book Are Available for Free

IndependentsFeb 23, 2022

Copies of Altobelli’s Appraisal Book Are Available for Free

Eighty copies of the fourth edition of “The Practical Guide to Jewelry Appraising” are up for grabs.

The paperback version of the fourth edition of Cos Altobelli’s jewelry appraisal guide is out now. The book is based on Altobelli’s years of experience and expertise, and jeweler Pieter Andries Hye is making 80 copies available for free.
Broadalbin, N.Y.—The paperback version of the latest edition of Cos Altobelli’s jewelry appraisal guide is out now, and you can get a copy for free.

Altobelli announced Monday that AGS jeweler Pieter Andries Hye has purchased 80 copies of “The Practical Guide to Jewelry Appraising, Fourth Edition” ($159.95 retail) and will be giving them away to interested members of the industry.

An industry standard since it was first published in 1986, Altobelli’s book is based on his expertise and decades of experience in the jewelry industry.

Altobelli is the creator of AGS’s Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA) program—the first formal appraisal education program in the United States—and became a CGA himself in 1983. He’s also appraised donations for the IRS and been called upon to testify in court cases involving jewelry.

The latest round of changes to his appraisal guide includes a review of every page, an expansion of gender descriptions, revised charts and updated nomenclature.

Altobelli, who retired and relocated to Las Vegas last year, said this will be his final round of updates and revisions to the book. 

“Hopefully, a master appraiser will reach out to update my book in the distant future,” he noted. 

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The fourth edition of “The Practical Guide to Jewelry Appraising” is available on Altobelli’s website for shipping in the United States and Canada. Internationally, it is available digitally on Kindle.

To apply for a complimentary copy of “The Practical Guide to Jewelry Appraising, Fourth Edition,” fill out the form on Altobelli’s website

The book giveaway is open to anyone working in the jewelry industry whether in retail, wholesale, manufacturing, auctions, insurance and/or appraising. 

Entrants must provide their information and write a short essay on what professionalism means to them. Altobelli said they want applicants to express their desire to raise the bar in their businesses and as professionals in the jewelry industry. He will judge the essays.

The deadline to enter is June 30 and applications will be processed within 30 days of receipt. 

“Pieter has been talking about this for many years, and we finally had the time to collaborate,” Altobelli said. “Please take advantage of this opportunity and Pieter’s generosity as this opportunity will end in June.”

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