Published on 03-28-2017 09:28 AM
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Based on a multi-million dollar advertising campaign by the 800 pound gorilla in this industry, there is a misconception that doing professional level gemology requires you to spend tens of thousands of dollars on education, and almost that much on gemological equipment. I hate to break it to those of you who, just like I did, spend that money with the 800 pound gorilla because in the end, this gemology thing is not some magical, mystical knowledge. As my good friend Dr. Bill Hanneman has been trying to tell us for decades, this gemology thing can be done with very basic tools if we just slow down and learn what we are doing. So today, I wanted to share with you what I believe is some pretty amazing gemology, done with a poor man's polariscope.
Before we start a couple of notices: there are quite a few GIF files in this edition, so if anyone is prone to motion sickness you might want to take your pharmaceuticals before reading this. Also, before we look at our poor man's polariscope we should review exactly how the polariscope works. For that we, of course, turn to our poor man's graphics done on our 17 year old iMac Blueberry.