I can do no better than simply relate a story. I bought my wife's engagment ring from the friend of a co-worker (I know, bad idea). It looked nice, but I decided to get it appraised from another person. That person told me it was a piece of junk. Needless to say, I was very depressed. I decided to take it to my in-laws' jewelers at Princess Jewelers. They were friendly and understanding, and did not try to sell me one of their own rings. They gave me a balanced appraisal that wound up being between the best I received and the worst. In addition, they did this by comparing it with actual rings in the store, demonstrating the differences in the 4 Cs, so that I could see for myself where they were coming from. They have a wide variety of jewelry, but most importantly, they are jewelers you can trust.