J-BAR Course Should Be Discontinued Thank you for your September 2004 issue on J-BAR. In my opinion, the J-BAR course does not need to be rewritten, it needs to be discontinued. Several of your contributors to this article cite the cost of professional appraisal courses as being a reason to take the J-BAR open-book test and consider yourself to be competent to appraise jewelry. Guess what? You get what you pay for in this profession or any other. Quick and cheap education is not the answer. The standards have already been set, and although the different appraisal organizations do not agree about every little thing, they can agree that a complete and continued education is better than what J-BAR is presenting as a standard for retailers who cannot say "no" to the fees they charge for printed paper. Time and money are our two most precious commodities, and they must be spent in order

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