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Reply To: New member with a new-found fascination for gems! Seeking guidance.

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Hi Patrick,

Welcome to IGS! This is a fantastic community that we are very proud of. We are thrilled to have you join us.

You definitely want the scale. Have you thought about a microscope? From personal experience, I would recommend that as part of your home lab, even as a beginner, if you can find the budget for it (maybe try eBay or Craigslist for used microscopes). Here is a thread where a good microscope is discussed: https://www.gemsociety.org/forums/topic/microscope/

I would prioritize the microscope over the reference materials, as we already have a lot of similar content on our site.

Happy for others to comment as well.


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