Jewelry manufacturers

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

Surprisingly, asbestos was highly present in the jewelry manufacturing industry, as a person recalls having a bucket of loose asbestos fibers under the soldering bench, which were moistened and subsequently used to hold together the components they had to solder. For this reason, people who had a job in the jewelry manufacturing industry before 1980 are at significant risk of developing a serious disease as a result of asbestos exposure. Furthermore, the facilities they would perform their work in were laden with asbestos to prevent the risk of fire, as asbestos is excellent for insulating structures.

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Jewelry manufacturers were using asbestos to a moderate extent during the last century, which now places former workers at a considerable risk of developing a terrible disease such as lung cancer or mesothelioma as a consequence of exposure. Workers would employ wet asbestos fibers to keep together the components before soldering the pieces. Additionally, asbestos was also present in the jewelry itself, namely in gemstones. However, this poses a very small risk to the wearer, as the amount of asbestos in gemstones is low. The process of cutting, shaping and polishing jewelry, known as lapidary, would release significant amounts of asbestos fibers in the air, which workers would unknowingly inhale and ingest. Another way jewelry manufacturers were exposed to asbestos is by cutting asbestos sheets to line casting molds which were baked in the oven to make jewelry.

Relevant job titles

  • goldsmith
  • mounter
  • setter
  • production jeweler
  • craftsperson
  • prong


Filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not disqualify you from disability compensation from the VA.

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Asbestos-related cancer eligible for filing a claim

If you developed one of the following cancers as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. If you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

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