Blue Topaz Crackdown Unlikely

Despite the furor over radiation treatments for blue topaz, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission probably won't ask jewelers to pull the gemstone from their shelves, a spokesman says. “We are not requesting the industry to take any action at this point,” says David McIntyre, NRC public affairs officer. “We are confident that the industry is broadly informed of this issue through the trade press and efforts of industry groups such as the JVC.” Virtually none of the thousands of carats of irradiated blue topaz currently on the market have been tested by a licensed U.S. facility for residual radioactivity—a violation of NRC regulations. But so far there is no major case for concern. “From our initial field data, there is no indication of a public health and safety issue with gems currently on the market,” says McIntyre. Don Elliot, commercial claims manager for Jewelers Mut
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