Gemstone Review – Gemstone and silicosis – agate gemstone

Gemstone Review –

 Gemstone and silicosis 

 - agate gemstone
 agate gemstone - 

30 * 40 mm is a good size for pendants and even rings from elsewhere. Silverware does not have to be bulky, bulky or heavy to attract attention. For example, a beautiful cabochon "Painted Jasper" of the same size would attract attention by the beauty of the stone. With money in the background, so to speak.

The very physical property of such stones is to show its natural beauty to the naked eye. Although the stone, when it is not polished yet, does not seem so impressive.

Painted jasper, moss agate, blood stone, silicate dinosaur bone, fossil wood, fuchsite quartzite

The art of cutting the cabochon is as old as history. Previously, gem cutters began by sorting the roughs of different types of jasper, bloodstone, agate, carnelian, and so on. Break the bulky mass into thick pieces (about 15 mm thick) in a particular geometric shape rectangle etc; The emery wheel was then rotating on all sides. Nowadays, it consists of Carborundum bound by a polymer.

The eroding action is very powerful and simply eliminates unwanted mass with great speed and accuracy. Since grinding is a physical act of removing material from the preform, dust from the contact zone is a dry, stifling silica dust.

The powder particles form a finely ground "rock meal" of about 1 micron +/-. This dust then fuses with the ambient air and enters the lungs through inhaled air. This inevitable inhalation action lasts about 3 to 4 years, resulting in an irreversible lung condition, usually called silicosis. In other words, death!

I have been associated for more than 10 years with the agate cutters of Khambat (Cambay), a small gem cutting town located on the coast of Gujarat. Sorry to say, some of the best cutters I knew are no longer here to read this article because most of them have succumbed to the terrible disease called Silicosis. To die slowly and slowly, dominating the breathlessness and ending in the ultimate sacrifice, death.

These cutters had no choice, unemployment, scarcity, hunger, family, responsibilities in a package encouraging them to accept the slow and painful death. 100 families are at stake right now!

Will not it be wonderful if the fabulous jewelery and gemstone makers, businessmen, take over this torch and help save much of the community. The only person who earns bread for this family, the talented gemstone, the work horse of Agate Industry. A human being who no longer has any options, but no option at all.

Or ... is there a way out ?!

By: Pradeep Gour Copyright © 2010 Pradeep Gour

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