Sterling Canyon and everybody else have all heard in recent years about irradiated fruits and vegetables. Food that is nuked in order to make it last longer. How about Topaz or Tourmaline or even Diamonds? Turns out those are irradiated too.
Sterling Canyon has learned that many gemstones that are popular today have a chance of being irradiated. This technique is supposed to deepen the color to make it more attractive. For diamonds, a yellow or pink diamond can be irradiated to deepen the color a little. According to the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, “under the NRC rules passed in 2007, irradiated gemstones–including diamonds–may not be distributed in the United States unless initially possessed and distributed by NRC-licensed entities. The jewelry or gemstones do not become radioactive. It is considered fraud if the irradiated gemstones are certified as not irradiated when in fact they are. For the uninformed that is the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Another reason why Sterling Canyon does not buy jewelry from China, India or other less reputable countries. Our beautiful Topaz and Opal jewelry passes that test as well as the test of timeliness.