Answer to Question #8362 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"
Category: Consumer Electronic Products
The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:
I have (by accident) bought an irradiated smoky quartz crystal. What I usually do with crystals is hold them in my hands for prolonged lengths of time, for "cuddling" if you will. Is this in any way a little harmful? I think this because crystals have the ability to hold, enhance, and emit energy—maybe also radiation? I am seriously concerned about this.
Thank you for the question you submitted to the Health Physics Society's website. I conferred with an expert in radioactivation of materials. He offered this response.
There is no need to worry. Your smoky quartz crystal is unlikely to expose you to any harmful level of radiation.
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