How Are Calipers Used in Jewelry Making?

Calipers assist with measuring metals. They can be locked in place at a certain measurement (in inches or in millimeters).


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Calipers assist with measuring metals. They can be locked in place at a certain measurement (in inches or in millimeters). The top metal jaws assist with measuring the inside of items, like rings. The bottom jaws measure the outside of items.

Amazon and Gesswein both offer well-made calipers on their websites. Digital calipers with an LCD screen are especially helpful and recommended.

Jewelry Caliper Recommendations

PhotoNameTop Reviews on Amazon
Digital Caliper, Sangabery...image Sangabery 0-6 inches Vernier Caliper

"Perfect for my needs--measuring jewelry wire and components. Lightweight plastic, but it won't receive much abuse from me. Extremely accurate. Very pleased!"   read more

VINCA DCLA-0605 Electronic...image VINCA DCLA-0605 Quality Electronic Digital Vernier Caliper

"At first I didn't expect much from these calipers for the price. When I got them I was pleasantly surprised with their quality. Repeatably with measurements is spot on, they glide smoothly along the track, and feel of a higher quality in your hand. After using them for a few months I would say for certain that I would buy them again. I like how they turn on automatically when you open the jaws as well. They have an attractive design that is different from most that have a "cheap" appearance, and for a tool is nice to look at. At first I was unsure on this one because it lacked the finer measurements on the body, but they arn't really needed, long as it doesn't die on you. It also comes with a spare battery as well which is nice, and a reasonably good case. Display is large and easy to read as well. No complains more

Mitutoyo 500-196-30 Advanced...image Mitutoyo 500-196-30 Advanced Onsite Sensor (AOS)

"It is difficult to appreciate why these calipers are so good, until one tries to use a few of the cheaper alternatives...
Jaws that don't close because they are not square, depth gauges and edges that aren't in line, displays that go mad when they smell suds and beams that bend, are all too common.
This is my fourth set of Mitutoyo calipers in forty years of daily machining work. I can report all have died honorable deaths in the line of duty, as opposed to being hurled violently across the workshop because they are (choice of expletive) useless.
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iGaging IP54 Electronic...image iGaging IP54 Electronic Digital Caliper

"Very well made and accurate! Great quality for the price. Battery compartment door fits snugly and doesn't look like it will come loose. It is not fair that people are comparing this to a$160 Mitutoyo electronic caliper and complain about the quality and finish. For this price, this is definitely the best one on the market. It's accurate and very easy to read. I don't use a caliper often enough to justify a $160 Mitutoyo (I do have a manual one though) so this one will fit the bill. Fast shipping too. Highly recommendedread more

Allnice Digital Caliper...image Allnice Digital Caliper 0-6" Vernier Caliper

"These calipers are great, they are sturdy and have no flex like other cheap plastic calipers. The included case is a plus, keeping your new caliper, new and protects them from abuse. And the most important part is the actual digital part in the calipers. The screen is bright and easy to read and has simple operation one button to change the unit of measure and other to zero. Overall fantastic digital calipers for small and delicate more

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Megan Coward, Graduate Jeweler Gemologist, GIA, Graduate Gemologist

Megan Coward is a graduate of the GIA with Graduate Jeweler Gemologist and Graduate Gemologist accreditations. She has 20+ years in the retail jewelry industry in various roles including as a diamond buyer and gemstone appraiser.

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