I am wondering how a Certified Gemologist Appraiser from an AGS member store compares to an independent appraiser. The advantage for me of going to an AGS CGA is that I could actually go in and talk to the person and look at the stone before committing to buying it, instead of doing everything at a distance. The risk, as the info on your site says, is that the appraiser would discourage me from getting the stone just to try to sell me one of hers. But are the chances of this high enough to rule out appraisers who sell jewelry altogether? Would an AGS CGA be likely to be sufficiently thorough? Thanks in advance for any advice!