Gerry recently brought up the subject of scales (for Tucson), and as
timing would have it, I’ve been thinking recently I need a good gem
scale. My triple beam Ohaus isn’t quite accurate enough. In shopping
the jewelry tools catalogs, I see a wide range of prices (all too
high) and features. I’m curious about which features are "must have"
and if anyone has any alternate vendors aside from the jewelry trade.
I know that one can convert from grams to carats by multiplying by
five. It seems that those scales that actually have a carat settings
are significantly more expensive than those that don’t. Do most
people just buy a .01 gram accuracy scale and do the math, or are you
actually using carat scales? Are there other features I must insist
upon, or some I should avoid?
Last, I’ve found its usually to my advantage to find a non-jewelry
source for my tools if possible. Based on the answer to the questions
above regarding the need for a carat setting, does anyone know of a
place to get a good deal on a good scale?
Thanks in advance!
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)