Diamonds: Cleaning Up New York’s Diamond District & More

Radiation Warning On July 26, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee issued an unpleasant wake-up call to retailers that sell irradiated diamonds: They may be unknowingly breaking the law. According to the JVC, diamonds that have been subjected to radiation can only be imported into the United States by entities licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. JVC therefore recommends that jewelers who sell those diamonds receive warranties from suppliers assuring compliance with all licensing requirements, just as most now do with irradiated blue topaz. “Some people may be misinformed as to whether or not irradiated gemstones fall under the NRC provisions,” JVC executive director Cecilia Gardner tells JCK. “They do.” Still, she adds that the level of radiation in the irradiated stones is low and presents no health risk. Word on the Street iStockphoto New York City’s

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