(NEW YORK) - The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has been made aware that a number of foreign vendors of irradiated diamonds have provided misinformation to potential customers for their products regarding compliance with U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission rules.
Many gemstones - including diamonds, topaz and tourmaline - are commonly irradiated to alter their natural color. Even though the level of radiation is low and presents no health risk, irradiated stones are closely regulated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Irradiated diamonds may not be distributed in the U.S. unless initially possessed and distributed by entities fully licensed to do so by the NRC.
Once the stones have been released into the marketplace by such a licensed entity they may be freely traded. JVC recommends that a warranty accompany ANY irradiated gemstone, regardless of the type, upon its release into the supply chain.
The warranty should assure full compliance with all licensing requirements.
For detailed information regarding NRC regulations and the licenses required to possess and distribute irradiated gemstones, see the Essential Guide to the U.S. Trade in Irradiated Gemstones issued jointly by JVC and the American Gem Trade Association, available on the JVC website - www.jvclegal.org.