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  1. Double E
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    by Double E » Jan 20, 2019
    Interested in buying a 30X loupe for self inspection of stones, but it's plenty out there. Is there any particular websites or suppliers I should buy from, as choices are many and some are said to be not up to the stated magnification? Also is the LED illumination necessary if it is to check the inclusion?

    Thanks for any advice=)
     
    


    


  2. blueMA
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    by bmfang » Jan 20, 2019
    Belomo has a good reputation, but unsure if they make one up to 30x magnification. I know the Gemmological Association of Australia rates them highly.

    As you have mentioned, a good quality 30x loupe is hard to find.

    You may be better off with a Bausch & Lomb Hastings Triplet 20x, Krüss 20x Triplet or Belomo Quadruplet 20x instead.
     
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  4. EvaEvans
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    by EvaEvans » Jan 20, 2019
    High quality 10x loupe will work better than cheap low quality 30x (really?) loupe.
    As I know, to achieve such magnification (30x), professionals use microscope, not loupe.
     
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  5. Demon
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    by Demon » Jan 20, 2019
    I bought a Bausch & Lomb 14x. It's pretty tiny but I find it easier to focus than my 20x or 30x, and it shows more detail, obviously, than my 10x.
     
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    by kmoro » Jan 21, 2019
    I picked up a little fancii 30x loupe with led and uv black light from Amazon.ca ... couldn’t find the same one on Amazon.com ... but it works great for about $20 USD.
    I also bought a wifi/USB microscope - also relatively cheap imo.
    Fun toys!
     
  7. Double E
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    by Double E » Jan 21, 2019
    Thanks for giving me these info., I took a look on Belomo's website and did find loupes of 12X and higher. However, the diameters of their field of view are often only .7mm to .9mm, would like to understand is this normal for higher magnification loupes? I thought it'd be more comfortable with wider diameters, but ofcox I am not an expert~
     
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    by Double E » Jan 21, 2019
    Thanks for bringing my attention to the possible quality differences~I agree quality counts, just thought it may be easier or more efficient for me with high magnification. But this is only based on my limited experience on using 10x and 20x loupes provided by the jeweler when buying the Ering=)
     
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    by Double E » Jan 21, 2019
    Thanks! I shall have a look also, and thanks for mentioning the focusing issue~
     
    


    


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    by Double E » Jan 21, 2019
    Sounds a great deal~ The loupe combined with wifi-USB is interesting & convenient!
     
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    by Double E » Jan 21, 2019
    Revised a bit of the physics of loupes, I was probably misreading some of the optic principles. Anyway, I am now also looking at options from Kassoy, and found in some old threads here they were recommended. Is anyone able to provide some opinions on them?
     
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    by blueMA » Jan 21, 2019
    Seriously, that's more than what you'd need. I have so many magnifying loupes, but that's the one I grab most often, especially to carry around nowadays because of the built in light along with the UV for florescence. Even if you get a better quality loupe, it's worth having another cheap spare.
     
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    by bmfang » Jan 21, 2019
    The higher the magnification, the smaller the field of vision. When using my 20x loupe, the subject of my louping ends up being ridiculously close to the lens.

    As a result, I tend to use my GemOro Eclipse 10x triplet loupe more often than my 20x triplet. 20x is effectively only for inscriptions or if I really want to look at an inclusion.
     
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    by badaren » Jan 21, 2019
    I bought a $7 loupe 30x/60x on amazon and did the trick for checking the GIA inscription!
     
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    by bmfang » Jan 21, 2019
    Kassoy just looks like a jewellery industry supply shop. Their own brand stuff looks like the no-name stuff at where I go to here in Australia (Australian Jewellery Supplies).

    I do see a 20x Bausch & Lomb one there with a Coddington lens but from what I have read up on them, Coddington lenses aren’t as good as using a triplet (and they have a 20x triplet but it’s only 8.3mm lens width).

    Krüss loupes at Kassoy are very very expensive.
     

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