The most common places you will find asbestos are in lagging around pipes and boilers, in fire doors or in attic as insulation. Somewhere you might not expect to find asbestos is in your jewellery box.
Gemstones can contain asbestos
There are certain gemstones that may contain asbestos. These include:
- Tiger’s eye
- Hawk’s eye
Thankfully, wearing jewellery with gemstones that contain asbestos is unlikely to put you at risk of being exposed to asbestos as the gemstone will be complete and any asbestos contained. The risk comes in the making of the jewellery, or if the jewellery is broken.
Jewellery is low risk
Asbestos is dangerous when the fibres are free to be released into the atmosphere and can be inhaled or ingested. This is unlikely to happen when wearing jewellery and so the risk is minimal.
Jewellers most at risk
The main people at risk of exposure to asbestos from jewellery is those making it. Gemstones are cut, shaped and polished to be used as pendants, charms and beads. Jewellers use high speed saws and rotary equipment to do this and the work can cause asbestos dust and fibres to be released into the air.
To ensure no exposure to asbestos, jewellers should check the gemstones they are using and be certain they do not contain asbestos, before they start to work on them.
If you require assistance in pursuing an asbestos compensation claim for mesothelioma or other asbestos disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.
Gem5. (n.d.). Asbestos Gemstones & Minerals. Retrieved from: http://gem5.com/tag/asbestos/