I assume that my colleagues all receive’s Daily Tips. In case you missed it, there was a story this week on ‘A Toast to Cocktail Earrings.’ Being a third generation jeweler, it is interesting to see the trends. From cocktail rings in the 30’s to tennis bracelets in the 80’s and now the latest trend of cocktail earrings… and now there is talk of an iWatch? According to Eddie Muller, “If you live long enough, you’re going to see everything.”



Burbank Police Foundation’s 1st Annual Hoof & Woof Walk


My wife’s late father was a retired captain on the San Bernardino Police Department, and besides being a good man with a great sense of humor, we have an extra special place in our heart for police. My business is in Burbank and so we want to support Hoof & Woof. Everyone knows we also love canines. This event benefits the Burbank Police Department and K9 Mounted Units. We can all bring our dogs (on leashes of course). Click the link for more information.


Read for your SAFETY! Inside the mind of convicted burglars- What they look for in a victim.

Inside the mind of convicted burglars.
Reader’s Digest: 13+ Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You

It gives insight to what burglars look for in a robbery situation.
Here are a few that really stood out:

1. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

2. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

3. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

4. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

5. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

6. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)

7. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

8. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

9. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

10. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television.

11. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.

12. Your alarm only works if it’s on. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

13. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

14. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.

Photos: AGS Conclave 2013 Phoenix, AZ

Cos’s 30th year of the Certified Gemoligist Appraiser program.
My 44th consecutive year at Conclave, and they keep getting better.
Cos listing Bill's accomplishments

Cos listing Bill’s accomplishments

Cos Presenting II

Cos Presenting II

Cos presenting Shipley Award to Bill Boyajian

Cos presenting Shipley Award to Bill Boyajian

Cos-Bill- and the Queen (Cathy)

Cos-Bill- and the Queen (Cathy)

These littler critters stayed at home

These littler critters stayed at home

Pinning the Shipley Award on Bill

Pinning the Shipley Award on Bill

Shipley Award Plaque

Shipley Award Plaque

Shipley Award Winners present at Conclave 2013

Shipley Award Winners present at Conclave 2013

AGS Conclave 2013: Phoenix, AZ


Cos spent the week in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona at the 2013 AGS Conclave. Since 1934, AGS has been dedicated to protecting the jewelry-buying public from fraud, and false advertising. Within this time, Cos has been an active member of AGS for 44 years. During the Conclave, some really amazing classes were offered. Cos conducted the CGA Clinic and classes on Appraisals I & II. Also Cos, David Rotenberg, and Stan Sherwin, Richard Huntington participated in a very successful Appraisers Panel.
More information and photos to come.

Mr. Altobelli was listed in the WALL STREET JOURNAL as a specialist you can TRUST

Mr. Altobelli was listed in the WALL STREET JOURNAL as a specialist you can TRUST with your most precious one of a kind items.

Below, article from the

FASHION.   February 5, 2011

Restoration Hardcore

Need to repair something extraordinary? Look no further than these fix-it experts

“It takes just one word-of-mouth tale to spook you: The Jil Sander jacket that returned from the cleaners two sizes too small, the pair of silk Dries Van Noten heels that were never the same after a fatal trip to the cobbler. So, who can you really trust when it comes to your favorite things— whether they’re family heirlooms or investment pieces? We’ve unearthed the country’s best wardrobe restoration experts. These are the garment doctors you can leave your most treasured pieces with—the kind of magicians worth packing your grandfather’s hand-me-down Turnbull & Asser suit into a FedEx box to ship across state lines for.”


When your limited-edition Panerai stops ticking or your great-great aunt’s pearls need restringing, Cos Altobelli—the third-generation president of the Burbank, Calif. institution Altobelli Jewelers (—is the man to see. Mr. Altobelli, who’s done jewelry-related prop work for close to 100 Hollywood films (not to mention repairs and historical restorations for untold numbers of studio brass), deals with a growing number of clients willing to ship their broken tickers and loose settings across the country to be fixed. “Our state-of-the-art equipment affords us a lot more latitude with repairs,” he said. “We work with lasers when torch work is not possible.

Without the laser, you have to remove the stones to do the soldering and then re-set them. We don’t have to do that here.” These advanced tools have also made remodeling bijoux a cinch. “It’s relatively easy with computers. We send sketches of what we can do, modify those, and get to a point where we can send a client a three-dimensional drawing.

We can even carve the piece in wax and send it to the person to approve or modify. So they’re not just looking at a screen—they actually have a three-dimensional thing in their hand,” said Mr. Altobelli. “We’re not impatient about anything. We want somebody to be happy and secure about what we’re going to do. So if we have to send it back and forth three or four times, it doesn’t make a difference until we get it right.”
Article courtesy of: WALL STREET JOURNAL, By Marissa Patlingrao Cooley

MARCH birthstone: Aquamarine


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Birthstone of March
Quicken the heart and mind with Aquamarine
Aquamarine derived its name from the rich greenish-blue color of seawater, which seems to capture in its transparent depths something of the vitality and surging spirit of the ocean.  It is a talisman long believed to impart courage to the wearer, to cure laziness and to quicken the intellect.

Greek goldsmiths of the period, before the conquest of Rome, used Aquamarines in their jewelry.  The gemstones came to them from the Far East, traveling from across the Arabian sands and then to Hellenic ports on the Mediterranean Sea.

Aquamarine is a variety of Beryl, belonging to the same family of gems as the Emerald. It is found in widely separated parts of the world, such as Brazil, Madagascar, Russia and the United States.

With the advent of blue Topaz, Aquamarine lost its importance due to the vast difference in price.  However, blue Topaz cannot equal the fine greenish-blue color in Aquamarine.  Blue Topaz also is readily damaged and abraded, whereas Aquamarine is a very durable and practical stone.

Aries Men often prefer the alternate birthstone for March, Bloodstone.  Bloodstone is a variety of Quartz and a gem which offers a sharp contrast in appearance.  Medieval folk believed that the Bloodstone received its coloring from Christ’s own blood falling upon a green stone at the foot of the Cross.  Legend ascribes the Bloodstone with the power to impart wisdom to the wearer.  Nineteenth century lapidaries used Bloodstone for carved objects, including family crests, signet rings and seals.

VALENTINE’S DAY is not just a commercial holiday!


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Valentine’s Day has its origins in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, celebrated every year in honor of Lupercus, the god of fertility and Juno, queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. At one point in the festival, on the evening of February 14, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name out of the urn and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

As Christianity became prevalent, priests attempted to replace old Pagan practices. To Christianize the celebration of the Feast of Lubercus, church officials changed the name. The most popular candidate for St. Valentine was a 3rd century Roman priest who performed secret marriages against direct orders from Emperor Claudius II, who believed single men were more likely to join his army. Saint Valentine had been beheaded for helping young lovers marry against the wishes of the mad emperor. Legend also has it that before execution, Valentine himself had fallen in love with his jailer’s daughter. He signed his final note to her, “From your Valentine”, a phrase that has lasted through the centuries. In recognition of his sacrifice for love… and to lure people away from celebrating the Pagan way… Lupercalia was renamed.

There is also speculation among linguistic scholars that the name ‘Valentine’ has Pagan origins. It was customary for French peasants of the Middle Ages to pronounce a ‘g’ as a ‘v’. Consequently, the original term may have been the French ‘galantine’, which yields the English word ‘gallant’. The word originally refers to a dashing young man known for his ‘affaires d’amour’, a true gauntlet.

VALENTINE’S DAY is in less than a month!


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I know it feels like the year 2013 has just begun, but with the beginning of a new year comes the beginning of a new year of celebrations. The first celebration after ringing in the New Year come the celebration of LOVE.

VALENTINE’S DAY is in less than a month! Have you started planning the romantic day with your valentine?
Better get those cogs turning to really impress your loved one this year.
Start off 2013 with a romantic ambush.
Be her HERO.

Remember, we buy GOLD and SILVER.
If you have pieces laying around that you never use, trade it in for something flashy and new.