Created By: StFan on July 19, 2014 Last Edited By: StFan on December 5, 2014
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Jeweler's Eye Loupe

Someone is wearing an eye loupe to show they\'re greedy, prepared, an expert, or simply for a quick gag.

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An eye loupe is a small magnifying device worn over the eye to see small details closely. It is commonly associated with jewelers, but is used by many other professions, from watchmakers to engineers of small electronics, and for appraisal of precious gems, coins or stamps.

In fiction, someone wearing an eye loupe is used as visual shorthand for several things. If it's a one-shot, never-seen-before character, this immediately tag him as some sort of expert coming to appraise whatever valuable artwork or rarity is at hand.

Otherwise, an established character pulling out one is a sign that he's Crazy-Prepared, or more commonly, greedy. The Miser Advisor or The Scrooge frequently owns one, ready at all times to appraise the value of anything they grab.

An eye loupe can also show up for quick gags and humorous situations, often in a completely unexpected setting (including anachronistic). A common stereotype is for a woman offered an engagement ring to immediately examine it with a loupe. Or the humor might be in establishing something is very, very small and requires the tool to be seen.


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • In the Ranma ½ manga, Nabiki Tendō wears an eye loupe to appraise the "engagement ring" Ranma's mother tasked Ranma to give to his fiancée. Nabiki deems it of no monetary value, which doesn't change its symbolic value. Turns out, it's not an engagement ring at all, although for once it isn't because Nabiki was deceptive about it.

Animated Films
  • Played with in Alice in Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter uses a salt shaker as a loupe to examine the White Rabbit's watch.

Live-Action TV

Western Animation
  • In the Looney Tunes short Goo-Goo Goliath, the drunk Delivery Stork switches of the families of a human baby and a giant baby (because the giant one was too heavy to fly to the top of the beanstalk). At the end, we see the adult giant taking care of the human baby, using an eye loupe to change his diapers.
  • In some old Donald Duck cartoons, Daisy Duck would be the one to use the loupe to check jewelry (like an engagement ring from Donald), for instance Donald's Diary (at 4:38 on the video).
  • Duckman: In the episode "Pig Amok" Cornfed offers Bernice a diamond ring. Bernice accepts it and immediately checks it with a loupe.
  • In Futurama, when the bead the native Martians traded their land for turns out to be a giant diamond, Bender pulls out a loupe to examine it.

Real Life
  • Jeweler's loupes are often an accessory worn by the Steampunk crowd, often attached to goggles. Like the goggles, they do nothing.


Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • July 19, 2014
    Arivne
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  • July 19, 2014
    randomsurfer
    See also the ykttw Authentic Jewelry Expert Girl, who often has a loupe.
  • July 19, 2014
    Generality
    ^ Given the way that petered out, you might just cannibalise it for this one.
  • July 19, 2014
    StFan
    I've done the cannibalisation. Indeed this trope was probably too narrow; the woman offered jewelry is certainly a common use of the gag, but not the sole interpretation.
  • July 21, 2014
    TonyG
    • In Futurama, when the bead the native Martians traded their land for turns out to be a giant diamond, Bender pulls out a loupe to examine it.
    • In Alice In Wonderland, the Mad Hatter uses a salt shaker as a loupe to examine the White Rabbit's watch.
  • July 22, 2014
    JonnyB
    Real Life
    • Jeweler's loupes are often an accessory worn by the Steampunk crowd, often attached to goggles. Like the goggles, they do nothing.
  • December 5, 2014
    Patachou
    I originally created Authentic Jewelry Expert Girl, but at least on this page people seem to get what I was aiming at. I'll be nice and add the final suggestions people gave to me, add a hat on this page, then delete my article Authentic Jewelry Expert Girl, in favor for this one:

    Other examples:

    Live-Action TV
    • WKRP In Cincinnati: Mr. Carlson shows Jennifer and Bailey the ring he bought for his wife - they're going to have a second wedding. Jennifer can immmediately rattle off both the wholesale and retail price of the piece.

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