Some of you may have heard this already, but the news with Blue Topaz is that many vendors are pulling it from their shelves and distributors like Stuller are stopping all sale of it until the issue is sorted out..
The issue is radioactivity..
Topaz is not blue.. Ever.. It is created by using low levels of radiation to turn it blue.. There is no one that does this in the US.. And recently several shipments have been found to be very hot.. Very radioactive due to poor processes in production.. To be safe, many people are pulling Blue Topaz..
Here is what I have found..
The topaz stays 'hot' for a short amount of time.. 3 to 6 months usually.. So older jewelry is not a problem.. But, how can you know for sure??
I'm a gadget freak.. I can't help it.. I went out and bought an honest to goodness, civil service, cold war surplus, geiger counter over the weekend
I tested every stone that we have and the only thing that tripped the meter in the store was the old school glowing Rolex watch face
Personally, I would not be terribly concerned with this new issue.. If your topaz is a year old you will most likely be fine.. If it's "brand new", you are still probably fine since it can take some time to make a piece of jewelry.. But, if you are really concerned you can set your ring aside, somewhere safe, and dig it back out next year.. Or, if you are really freaked out, and I'm not trying to be too much of a whore here, you can package up your stuff and send it to me.. I'll have to figure out a way to do this if anyone is interested..
But, mostly, I just wanted you to be aware of what is going on in the world..