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Digital Refractometers

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    Does anyone have experience with digital refractometers? RE their accuracy and best brand? I am needing one to complete the IGS Gemmology course.

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    Even GIA only requires the same type of refractometer that’s been used since the 1880s. They are just in newer cases these days and you really should learn to use it, to see shade cutoffs and learn to calculate birefringence. High tech toys are nice…but the industry standard is the standard RI Liquid and Hemi cylinder Refractometer. Good luck with your tests.

    Profile photo of dlosee-2-2-2

    I failed the test and the hardest part was the refractometer. I’m taking the test again and am determined to conquer the refractometer, have new fluid and batteries so hope that helps.

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    Do you have a monochromatic light source in addition to your white light?

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