Gemstones & Pearls: News
RADIOACTIVE GEM ALERT!
Dangerous irradiated cat's-eye chrysoberyl is circulating in world
markets. Know what to look for
Hundreds of dangerously radioactive cat's-eye chryso-beryls circulated
through Asian markets this past fall, with levels of radioactivity more
than 50 times the limit deemed acceptable in the U.S.
The gems allegedly were treated at a nuclear facility in Indonesia and
released "through the back door" before the radioactivity could
The high level of radioactivity in the gems could destroy white blood
cells and cause skin cancer if worn for an extended period, according to
announcements by Thailand's Office of Atomic Energy. Along with news alerts,
Jeffrey Bergman, a well-known gem dealer in Thailand, used the Internet
to make his own similar findings public.
There have been reports of these stones reaching the U.S., so be on the
lookout for suspicious chrysoberyl deals.
Be suspicious if:
- by Robert Weldon, G.G.
Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.