I was at a show this last weekend where a slightly tipsy woman read
the riot act to a fellow jeweler for having irradiated topaz. (As it
turned out his was not…but that’s beside the point.) She claimed
it was dangerous to have in the studio, to sell, to work with etc. He
handled it very well and she soon moved off.
I have been asked about my irradiated fresh water pearls. I have
been lead to understand they are “okay” and not “ticking” as this
woman claimed. What is the real deal on irradiated gems and pearls?
they tick as Ms. Tipsy claimed, or are they safe as I have been told?