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Microscope: "Photographs of Basic Setting Tools!"

“Microscopes: An Advanced Teaching Apparatus!”

We’ve seen major advances over the past many years in Diamond Setting teaching technology. These are in monitors to help students see from a distance, I feel that we should look into this often ignored avenue, namely “Digital Microscopes”.

What I am now displaying is another world virtually never seen before with such powerful magnification. The following photographs were taken at 100-150x power & a few at 175x power! Is this “going overboard”? The technology is here, so why not apply it to other ‘fields’ in our profession?

When I started my apprenticeship at the age of 16, I only had a simple loupe of 10x power. We thought this was great, but not today. Now we are setting stones at 40-50 power benchtop microscope on a daily basis and this is the new way of setting. Either you advance or you are living with the dinosaurs. Already I can see interest in my ‘sampling of photographs’ shown on “” The black looking wheel is a "Corundum, Separating Disk of .035 mm width taken at only a mere 75xpower

The cost to purchase this microscope is not rough on the pocket book, but still worth the investment. My future stone setting essays will incorporate this great & easy to use, lightweight microscope. BTW, I can just casually zoom in only at minimum of 40x power, this is to give greater viewing ability to the important setting processes. Then afterwards, I can further this power to at least 175 or greater magnification!

Well enough of this ‘chatter’ in the text form, time to show you some of my setting tools up close. You will see a #180 grit Pumice wheel, #1,000 grit Pink pumice wheel, wire-wheel with brass wires, a wax-file and #4/0 saw blade, Emery, sanding disk of “Medium” grade. Not to forget the High Speed Steel 45-degree angle bur, this bur is slightly worn as you can see the corners ‘rounded’. The third photo is a wire-brush used for cleaning wax from a file.

Please note, my wax-carving file looked clean, but under the 175x power magnification, the teeth were really dirty looking from a collection of old wax! Did you know that some of the Genuine “Swarovski” CZ’s are imprinted with their company name? If you look really close at the last photograph, you can see their name on one of the cz’s. I found a little ‘sliver of silver’ in my bench & this was 1.0mm in length at 1/3mm wide and this was taken at 200x magnification.

Ever tried cutting your rubber molds with a curved, ‘surgical blade’? They are absolutely rough-looking under 125 x power. Out of my selection of 150 photo’s I kept this collection to only 16. Hope you appreciate the labour that went into putting this essay together, this was just a ‘fun time’.
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Very interesting Gerry, you look as though you are enjoying yourself. Reminds me of those ‘can you guess what this common object is’ quiz questions.

Which microscope is this? Had seen a few online and wondered if they were worth purchasing.
Is there any working distance under this and could it be used while setting. I realise that it wouldn’t be stereo but may be useful, in a teaching capacity or to show clients closeups.

Many thanks again for your informative posts and generous support. All the best for the festive season.

Dave Dillon

Wow! What good pictures to demonstrate. Thinking particularly about the rules of # of teeth to width of metal. Since we cancelled our trip to London earlier the year, when we replan, I am going to include a visit to you. Can’t wait!

Esta Jo

Thank you Gerry.

“You ain’t seen nothing yet” trust me! .:wink:
Every future essay will be using my digital microscope & my iPhone as a package! It really helps the reader to understand my techniques better.:wink:

Gerry! On my Teaching iPhone!

Hi “Dave Dillon"
Here is the little “toy” that I bought about 1/2 year ago, but now I’m
using it extensively. If you want to buy it, I bought mine for $395.00 from
"European Design Tools” 1-866-457-2020, here in Toronto, Ontario. Is it
worth the buying? One word…"YES"
Many of my photographs are @ 100x to almost 175x power, well worth the $$
investment…Mind-boggling photo-results!!! BTW, the learning curve is quite

*Gerry Lewy *

  • (905) 886-5961 *

Gerry-When I finally talked my sweetie Tim into getting a microscope, the
first thing he put under it was some of his bead setting. His first words
were “Oh my God! This looks like I did this with a plow!” This from a man
who takes great pride in polishing his gravers till they shine. He
immediately sat down and started re polishing his gravers. Now they are
actually blinding in the right light.

Note From Ganoksin Staff:
Looking for a microscope for your jewelry projects? We recommend: