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Gem Identification Equipment


#1

Wondering if anyone can offer some suggestions. I am doing the IGS Certfication course and need to identify gems. I have a 10X Loupe but am informed by IGS that past students have needed other equipment. Assuming I will need a refractometer and scales does anyone have a suggestion on where I may purchase these items in a cost effective way. I do have scales but they do not give the Carat as the gems are too light. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


#2

Hi Adam333, regarding a refractometer I purchased a Prim II by Presidium from Paaz Inc. (www.paazinc.com). for $291.00 brand new and it is helping me a lot in identifying different type of gems. It does help to have a little experience towork with it, but it is handy. It has a CD to load to your laptop to get the readings. As far as a carat scale, Paaz instruments may have them. Check on line.
Regards and good luck with your IGS certification course.
Luis
L’Gems


#3

Hi Luis,

      Many thanks for taking the time to respond and for the information.Much Appreciated. I will follow it up.

All the Best,
Adam