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Since my previous post on vintage jewellery hallmarks I have received a couple of queries about loupes – where to get one, which one to choose and how to use one.
There are good loupes and bad ones, as with most things in life you pay a little more for quality. If you are going to be examining lots of hallmarks its best to go for a slightly better one. Above are two loupes both have the same 10 x magnification – the tatty black one is the one I use every day, the shiny silver one I would only use in an emergency – it hurts my eyes to spend much time using that. The larger loupe has a lens about 20mm diameter. The smaller one is about 14mm.