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Product Review, Achiever Microscope

A microscope is an essential tool for gemologists. The Achiever Microscope is an excellent choice at a good price. Read our review to learn more.

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Why Does a Gemologist Need a Microscope?

If you can afford the best, you should certainly consider a top-of-the-line microscope. But more likely than not, novices will have to make some compromises to stay within their equipment budget.

For gemologists, microscopes have two general purposes. If you go into a jewelry store, you’ll usually find a high-end scope on a counter where customers can use it. Showing a customer a gemstone under magnification is one of the jeweler’s best sales tools. If you’re selling gemstones, you’ll need a microscope with an appearance that will impress customers and that’s also easy for them to use.

Microscopes are also needed for gem identification and grading. You don’t need a high-end model for this. The value you’ll get from the instrument has more to do with your own experience rather than its quality. Of course, optics and performance are still important, but you can get a lot of practical use from an inexpensive microscope. 

The Achiever Microscope

While searching for practical and affordable tools for novice gemologists, I had a chance to review the Achiever Microscope. I was immediately impressed. Despite its low price of $259 (in 1999), this is one of…

Donald Clark, CSM IMG

The late Donald Clark, CSM founded the International Gem Society in 1998. Donald started in the gem and jewelry industry in 1976. He received his formal gemology training from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the American Society of Gemcutters (ASG). The letters “CSM” after his name stood for Certified Supreme Master Gemcutter, a designation of Wykoff’s ASG which has often been referred to as the doctorate of gem cutting. The American Society of Gemcutters only had 54 people reach this level. Along with dozens of articles for leading trade magazines, Donald authored the book “Modern Faceting, the Easy Way.”

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