J-Barroom Brawl

When Cecilia Gardner, general counsel and executive director of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, requested a grant from the JCK Industry Fund in October of 2000, she proposed "that JVC undertake to create a 'bar association' (we propose the name The Jewelers Board of Appraisal Review, or 'J-BAR') for appraisers which would act as a central clearinghouse for qualified appraisers, provide a central forum for debating issues in the appraisal field, and be a venue for the settlement of disputes regarding appraisal activity." The organization's primary goal was to ensure that all jewelers who perform appraisals had at least a minimum level of appraisal skill and knowledge. Another goal was to bring the diverse group of appraisal associations together under the JVC umbrella, which Gardner said would "benefit all who are impacted by appraisal activity—jewelers, insurance companies, lawyers

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