There's a less obvious reason why you should know how to use a Jewelers Loupe before you invest money in Antique Jewelry that many retailers don't like you to know.
It's a trade secret...
They say you can tell a lot about a tradesman by the way he uses his tools. In the same way, you can tell alot about your customer by the way he handles the Jeweler's Loupe (also called a hand lens).
If it becomes obvious to the dealer, that you don't know how to use a jewelers loupe, chances are, you don't know much about Antique Jewelry either.
There's a right way how to use a jewelers loupe (hand lens). Knowing how to use a jewelers loupe is an Antique Jewelry Buying Basic.
The Jewelers Loupe can tell you important information that will help you a great deal, when you know how to use the instrument effectively.
If you're going to invest in
Antique Gold Jewelry, practice how to use a jewelers loupe, at homebefore you try impressing the dealer at your local Antique Jewelry store.
Knowing how to use a hand lens will:
Jewelry loupes ( pronounced "loops" ) are a special type of magnifying glass. The jewelers loupe is a very practical tool to use once you master it and with practice it will become more and more valuable.
The one you need is a loupe 10 X ( ten power) triplet which can be obtained from any optical supplier.
Why the triplet-type?
The triplet is recommended because it corrects two problems other kinds of magnifiers have:
Why must the loupe be 10 X ?
The loupe should be 10 X because the Federal Trade Commission in the United states requires grading to be done under 10 X power magnification.
*** Any flaws that do not show up under 10 X loupe magnification are considered non-existent for grading purposes.
The loupe should be approximately one-inch from the eye and about an inch from the object being examined. A 10 x loupe is difficult at first to focus but with practice it becomes easier. Play with the object being examined and rotate it slowly, tilting it back and forward while looking at it with your loupe from different angles.
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