Noel Yovovich was so kind as to refer to a source for microscopes,
but may I as an old microscope salesman put in a word of warning
What you as a metalsmith/jeweller probably will be needing is a
stereoscopic microscope, i.e. a microscope where the right and the
left light path are not the same, but slightly angled to one another.
This means that your right eye will not see exactly the same picture
as the left and this again gives you the feeling of the depth of
field in the microscopic picture, thus the name ‘stereoscopic’.
A ‘binocular’ microscope just means that you use both eyes to see
normally the same picture and therefore you will not be able to see
where you are in the horizontal plane - the depth.
However, a special binocular (or for that matter monocular
(one-eyed)) microscope might be of use to certain gemmologists, that
would be the polarization microscope. This allows you to measure some
optical properties of certain minerals, but again this is another
Before you invest heavily in a thing like this, please check what
your needs are.
I’ll finish just like our grand old John Burgess from NZ and say:
'Just trying to be helpful and not wanting to confuse the issue.
Niels L�vschal, Jyllinge, Denmark