Jeweler's Microscope

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Most people's idea of a jeweler's microscope is the jeweler's loupe. This is a small magnifying glass set in an eyepiece and used by jewelers everywhere for on-the-spot examination of gems. Today, though, most jeweler's have a sophisticated jeweler's microscope that allows them an infinitely more detailed examination of their precious specimens.

However, there are no hard and fast rules about what kind of microscope a jeweler should use, as long as they have enough space to place their specimens on the stage for viewing. Some jewelers prefer a monocular design, and others say the only type of jeweler's microscope to use is a binocular microscope. Of course, there are a multitude of different permutations of all the features microscopes ordinarily have. Jewelers do prefer to see their specimens against a darkfield plate however, as it really shows them off to their best advantage.

Jeweler's Microscope and 3D Viewing

A jeweler's microscope will ideally be a stereo microscope as this enables specimens to be viewed as a 3D object. Of course, this shows off gems in their perfect state and allows for some really excellent examination. The best type of lighting will be halogen base lighting, as this will work best to show off gems against a darkfield plate.

An interesting addition for a jeweler's microscope is a jeweler's clip. This is to enable the jeweler to suspend a specimen over a darkfield plate, allowing for the best possible viewing conditions. Another useful accessory for jewelers is a micrometer. This is a glass disc with measurements in it, that can be slipped into the top of the eyepiece, so that the jeweler can accurately assess the size of specimens.

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