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Question about beryllium


#1

A question: I’ve recently heard of beryllium being added to
sterling and goldalloys to make them dent resistant. The fumes
from this would be considered rather dangerous - its fumes are
considered a carcinogen. Has anyone heard of people doing this?
Thanks. Charles

Charles Lewton-Brain
Box 1624, Ste M, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2L7, Canada


#2

I don’t know about the idea of putting it into jewlery, but IMHO
berillium is really toxic. Not only the fumes but the dust, which
produces a destruction of the lungs called berylliosis. Geo.


#3

Charles,

Beryllium is indeed toxic. It was being added to dental alloys
about 10 years ago but was removed because of the toxicity
problem. Gallium was also added and I think that it too is
toxic. They didn’t remove it because at casting temperatures it
combines with other material in the alloy to become an inert
compound. This is what I was told by the metallurgist at Ney
gold years ago.

Regards,
Skip

Skip Meister
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