Learn to Use the Microscope (Video)


Some student gemologists might be unfamiliar with the microscope. This tutorial video will demonstrate how this instrument can help you identify gemstones.

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Some student gemologists might be unfamiliar with the microscope. This tutorial video will show you the features of your microscope and demonstrate the techniques you can use to identify gemstones and detect inclusions, fillings, dye concentrations, assembled stones, diffusion treatments and more.

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Kyrylo Gubariev, Graduate Gemologist (GG, AJP)

Kyrylo Gubariev, Graduate Gemologist (GG, AJP) is a gemologist with a passion for sharing his knowledge with fellow gem lovers. Originally from Ukraine, he is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand.


Addison Rice

A geologist, environmental engineer and Caltech graduate, Addison’s interest in the mesmerizing and beautiful results of earth’s geological processes began in her elementary school’s environmental club. When she isn’t writing about gems and minerals, Addison spends winters studying ancient climates in Iceland and summers hiking the Colorado Rockies.

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