What the Jewelers Loupe can Tell You!

Once you discover how to use a jewelers loupe you then want to know what the Jewelers Loupe can tell you.

Investor's in Gold jewelry, can often see under Jeweler's Loupe magnification, buying gold information in the form of gold markings, that attest to its Authenticity and which can help one avoid making costly mistakes.

The Jewelry Loupe is a practical identification tool which can determine (with knowledge of the subject) if the jewelry, is what it's advertised to be.

Being able to read the information you discover when looking through the Jewelry Loupe is an essential Antique Jewelry buying basic.

What the Jewelry loupe will NOT tell you is the sexual correlation between antique weddings rings and the human body.

Information on the sexuality of wedding rings and natural pearls can be found Here..

The jewelers loupe can tell you information about:

the gemstones and the type of stones used in the jewelry

  • the type of settings
  • identify control marks
  • identify repairs
  • evaluate condition

What the Loupe Can Tell You About Gemstones:

The internal and external characteristics of gemstones affect their value. Some of these characteristics are easy to examine with a jewelers loupe:

  • Under loupe magnification, you can see whether the edges of the gemstone have been cut too thin, whether or not the symmetry of the stone is balanced or if the gemstone has the proper number of facets.
  • Some gemstones are softer on the Mohs Scale and more brittle while others scratch or chip easily. In the List of Gemstones, the ancient gemstone, Zircon, for example, looks very similar to diamond, however it is a little softer than diamond and can chip.
  • Careful examination of zircon using a jewelers loupe will often show chipping. If you identify a chipped, diamond look-alike stone, don't eliminate the possibility the stone could be a white zircon and not diamond. Further testing will be needed.
  • Cracks, chips and scratches - Pay careful attention to the prongs around the setting. The setter may have scratched the stone, especially if it is a softer stone, or glass, while bending the prongs around the stone.
  • Harder gemstones on the Mohs Scale will have sharp edges adjoining the facets on the crown and the table of the stone. Imitation gemstones are softer and under loupe magnification, and have a more rounded appearance at the facet edges.
  • Inclusions and Blemishes - inclusions refer to something that formed inside the stone as it was forming in nature. A blemish refers to something that appears on the outside of a stone.

What the jewelers loupe can tell you about inclusions, sometimes called "flaws", is that some inclusions that cannot be seen with the naked eye can easily be seen under loupe.

Loupe magnification can determine whether a stone is natural, synthetic and sometimes, even the gemstone's country of origin.

With a little practice using the jeweler's loupe, even a beginner will soon be able to spot the characteristic bubbles and swirl lines associated with glass and cheap synthetics.

The jewelers loupe is a practical tool and fun to use. It can tell you important information about all types of jewelry and gemstones. From the identification of the gemstones, the cut of antique diamonds, through to age and condition, what the jewelers loupe can tell you, will help you avoid costly mistakes, saving you time and money.

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