Unbelievably, there are online stores such as Etsy selling actinolite quartz jewelry, despite it containing deadly asbestos.
This came to our attention this week after various asbestos campaigners voiced their concerns on facebook.
Campaigners shared a link to Etsy which revealed a substantial amount of actinolite quartz jewelry being sold on the ecommerce platform.
Not many people will actually realise that the jewelry contains asbestos, so it’s vital that we help to spread awareness.
Actinolite is a fibrous mineral and is one of the six recognised types of asbestos.
Some forms of the mineral are used to make gemstones and jewelry.
The fibers are so small that they can easily enter the lungs and damage the alveoli.
The quartz stone used in jewelry making is translucent to opaque, and usually a green to yellowish green color.
Below is a screenshot we took of some of the actinolite quartz jewelry being sold on Etsy:-
It may look pretty and pose as a perfect unique style gift, but buyer beware!
Even though the items are only small, any amount of asbestos, no matter how small, can pose a real danger to health.
It simply isn’t worth taking the risk.
Any products containing asbestos are illegal to sell in the UK, so these sellers need to be stopped!
So far, there seems to be plenty of them getting away with it.
Please share this post far and wide to make others aware of the dangers of actinolite jewelry.
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