Are Bench Jewelers Subject to Disease from Customer Jewelry?
Dear Fellow Orchid Members,
Perhaps this is a “watch with discretion” post because the subject
is not very attractive. Do any of you know of or have heard of a
jeweler contracting a disease from the jewelry of customers?
I ask this after cutting a ring off the swollen finger of a person
and raw, infected flesh was exposed beneath the ring. And there are
the earposts with blood on the post, filthly rings and other jewelry
items, etc. to contend with.
Do any of you use surgical gloves or does "considering the cutomer"
preclude this precaution? Is such precation needed in the first
Ok, I ask a lot of questions. Frankly, I cannot always depend on
reports of “how a disease is transmitted” only to find rebuttal a
few years later in medical literature. So, what do we do? I have not
personally known of a jeweler catching a disease from the customer’s
jewelry, colds perhaps from a customer met face to face but not from
the jewelry. Still, I err on the side of caution whenever I can. I
feel more inclined to protect myself now than in years past when so
much was taken for granted and less publicity was given to disease,
hepatitis, HIV, other things possible. Any opinions?
Thanks for any input. Thomas.