There's a less obvious reason why you should know how to use a Jewelers Loupe before you invest money in Antique Jewelry that retailers would prefer you didn't know.
It's a trade secret...
They say you can tell a lot about a tradesman by the way he uses his tools right? Likewise, you can tell a lot about a customer by the way he handles the Jeweler's Loupe (it's 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 specific way to handle a jewelers loupe. Confidence on 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 considering to invest in Antique Gold Jewelry, practice how to use a jewelers loupe, at home first, before you try impressing the dealer at your local Antique Jewelry store.
Knowing how to use a hand lens with confidence will provide the following two additional, less obvious benefits:
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 type loupe is recommended because it corrects the two problems encountered using other types of magnifiers. These are:
Why must the loupe be 10 X magnification ?
The loupe should be 10 X magnification 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. Once you "get it" you will be able to see through loupe magnification in under 5 seconds!
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