by bmac » Feb 14, 2002 Is it common practice for local retailers to allow you to send a stone that you are possibly going to purchase to an appraiser (such as David Atlas), and allow you to make a decision after the appraisal. The reason I'm asking, is that I have narrowed my diamond search down to three stones. Two that I've found online (have not seen them), and one that I have found locally (have seen it). And since I've come to the conclusion that I effectively lack any ability to evaluate stones, I'd like a professional to do it for me. So, ideally, I'd like to send all three stones to the appraiser, see what he/she has to say about them, and then make my decision. Is this possible? Or will I have trouble having the online or local retailer sending the stone(s) without any guarantee of a purchase. I'm assuming I will pay the appraisal fee.