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Tools to use while inspecting Melee Diamonds

In this educational blog, we will provide a beginner’s guide on basic tools you should use to check the quality of melee diamonds. The tools I showcase in the coming paragraphs will improve your way of looking at small diamonds.


For small diamonds where the sizes go as small as 0.90mm, you will require a tweezer having a thin tip which is different from the usual tweezer. We have attached the link here. It is lightweight, have fine points and is easy to handle.

Diamond Tweezer with a 2.0mm Round natural Diamond
Diamond Tweezer ©


Usually, a 10x loupe is used to inspect diamonds. However, for melee diamonds, I would recommend a 14x Loupe from Bausch & Lomb Hastings. The loupe is small and lightweight, with a premium quality lens. Click here to check the loupe online.

Diamond loupe used for inspecting melee diamonds
14x Magnification Power Diamond Loupe ©


Use a diamond scoop while handling multiple diamonds. I would recommend having a scoop which has a very thin edge at the front, which will work easily while handling small melee diamonds. Make sure the front edge is straight and flat. You might find it on Amazon or eBay. It normally comes in stainless steel.

Diamond Scoop used to pick melee diamonds
Diamond Scoop ©

Flat Tray

A white paper tray will be perfect for handling melee diamonds. Here is the link to the tray which I recommend. Make sure you clean the tray regularly and reload the paper if it becomes dusty due to wear and tear.

Diamond Tray used for Sorting and Sieving
Diamond Tray ©

After having these tools, let's learn about how to hold a small diamond through a tweezer. First, the diamond must be placed upside down as shown in the below GIF. If you are right-handed, use your right hand for holding the loupe and your left hand for holding the diamond and vice versa if you are left-handed.

Video on how to pick Melee Diamonds through tweezer and loupe
Video on how to pick Small Diamonds ©

Avoid applying high pressure on the tweezer, the diamond might fly off. It requires a gentle grip. You need to maintain a 90 Degree angle while looking at the diamond from the loupe. Rehearsing it regularly will help you in getting a good grip on the diamond.

To know more about how to check the cut quality in a small diamond, click here. If you have any questions, please feel free to add your comment or use our live chat option.

Author: Zeel Gorasiya


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