Moissanite Toxic?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

 beyondthesea :  I’ve never heard this before but reading the MSDS sheet it looks like the dust is considered the hazard as there are workplace limits on how many parts can be in the air before it’s considered a health risk.  I would think a moissanite stone, which is SiC compressed under extremely high pressure, is safe because the dust particles are not being inhaled.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

 

beyondthesea :  As the document says, this is for particles breathed in.  No one’s ring is toxic.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

 beyondthesea :  It looks like this is for silicon carbide DUST, the route of exposure is inhalation. I imagine this is a much bigger issue for people who grind down moissanite for jewelry (or are using silicon carbide dust as an abrasive or for other purposes), and would pose no risk for someone wearing a moissanite ring. HTH!

 

ETA: Looks like other people beat me to it. Yup, just for the SiC dust 🙂

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

beyondthesea :  Prolonged exposure would apply to the dust particles.  That would be the only way for them to get into your body to cause harm.  There are many every day substances that would be considered toxic if you inhale them, and you have to inhale a heck of a lot or for a long period of time to be at risk.

Don’t worry!  smile

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

beyondthesea :   No problem…And no worries, safety data sheets are notoriously alarmist and hard to interpret! 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

LED lights are made of silicon carbide.  If they are toxic, we are all in trouble 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Moissanite in it’s gem form is completely fine. Grind it up without proper ventilation and you have issues.

I’m an engineer at an underground mine site and we have issues with Silica dust; if breathed in on a regular basis it can definitely cause silicosis. But again; it actually has to be breathed in. The particals essentially cause a number of little cuts in your lungs because of the hardness and sharpness of the particals

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Breathing ANY kind of dust is bad for you.  Look up “baker’s lung” for example.  

Post # 14
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Helper bee

Baker’s lung is a form of occupational asthma – it’s from exposure to allergens and an overactive immune system.

Pneumoconiosis – of which silicosis is one of them is more caused by inhalation of microscopic pieces that causes injury to the lungs -> an immune response -> fibrosis or scarring of the lungs.

But in all cases, it’s the breathing in of particles, has nothing to do with radiation or wearing a gemstone. 🙂

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