What is gem photomicrography?
Years ago I was blessed to attend the Gemological Institute of America and learn more about the inside of jewelry. Deep inside. And I fell in love with the dazzling world of miniature inside the microscope.
Gem photomicrography is a specialized view deep inside of gems through a microscope – captured in a photograph. Some sophisticated lighting and angles can open up the most fascinating imagery. I’ve written an article about it combined with a devotion for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Magazine that is just released in the February, 2020 issue – and here it is! So excited.
Why is it important?
When you actually see the intricate designs inside of gems it’s so reassuring that God’s fingerprints are on the minute details there. If He cares enough to design a whole world down to that degree, how much more does he care for us? I loved getting to see miniature rainbows inside of quartz or trigons, or tiny triangles, hugging the sides of diamonds. And wait till you see the deep-space interior of sapphires close up!
You can find out more about Clubhouse Magazine and purchase your copy HERE.
If you want to learn more about this fascinating hobby/job – here’s some resources:
An in-depth article from GIA HERE.
Some favorite accounts on Instagram that continue to dazzle. It’s like an intricate guessing game about what the gem and inclusions are! You can follow their accounts as they are labeled below and watch science come to life.
And if you have kids who are interested in jewelry, a great online resource is GemKids located HERE . You can tour historical gems, see details about how they form, and learn more about the science of gemology too! Very kid-friendly.
Next week, I’ll take you to visit some favorite jewelers to celebrate Valentine’s Day and share a wonderful MGlit read I’m half-way through and loving by Natalie Lloyd!
If you’d like to read some more articles about gems, and historic gem mysteries, here’s links to my blog archive HERE.
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