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8 Deadly Toxins Found In Your Cheap Jewelry (Video)

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“There is no excuse for jewelry, especially children’s jewelry, to be made with some of the most well studied and dangerous substances on the planet,” Jeff Gearhart, research director at the Ecology Center and founder of, said in a written statement. “We urge manufacturers to start replacing these chemicals with non-toxic substances immediately.”

While metals do not pose a risk by simply wearing the items, if they are consumed they can be deadly, according to Spaeth. Because they are cheaply made, they can easily chip, scratch or break. “When pieces are small enough to fit in (a child’s) mouth, the likelihood of ingestion increases dramatically,” he said.

More importantly, Spaeth said, the brominated flame retardants, which are usually sprayed on, can come off in someone’s hands and be absorbed in the skin or inhaled. This chemical compound has been known to disrupt hormonal balances and may cause a number of other known health effects.

You Don’t Need That Cheap Jewelry!

It turns out that jewelry sold specifically for children is required to meet safety standards, but adult jewelry is not — even though it can still be ingested or rubbed the wrong way by adults or children. Since this report has been released, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is looking into it. They’re planning to pick up samples of the jewelry and test it themselves.

But you probably shouldn’t wait for the results of their tests. Why not just decide you’d rather not wear toxic chemicals around your neck, and skip the cheap jewelry store entirely?


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10:25PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

Many peoples are looking for right ways about How to buy low cost jewellery

11:26PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

good grief! not worth it...

11:54AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Targeting and tricking the younger consumers is very easy. I'm not surprised they have so many of those cheap toxic metals in them. Thanks for the article.

7:55AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

I've long suspected that there was lead present in a lot of the fashion jewelry that is out there. I have developed a fast, simple, easy test for lead that anyone can do in the store. All you need is a piece of white paper that slightly rough like notebook paper or printer paper. Slick paper like you get in a receipt won't do the trick. Take the jewelry, or metal item period and see if you can mark the paper. Any mark at all means that there is a problem, usually lead. Sterling silver and gold, brass and tin won't leave a mark. Nordstrom's, Macy's, Sax, is/are usually fine, and so is Sears. World market is dreadful, ditto Wal-mart, Target, Micheals Crafts (Bigtime) most boutiques like Forever 21 (labor practices aside)

Try this protect your families and selves, spread the word!!!! Better yet, support the arts community, and buy things at your local arts fairs/festivals. I have never once found that Art Fair/Festival jewelry was bad.

6:12AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Xil, I even feel guilty now about wearing any old jewelry I have that IS real gold and precious (not lab created) stones when I don't know the source of the real ones. How many died in mining the real ones? Yes, I have both.......some nice REAL pieces and some cheap junk. I don't eat any of them, and yes, the cheap stuff will leave a mark on my skin if I wear it too long, but then that's the point.........I DON'T wear it "too long". I have one 10K gold ring that I haven't taken off in 15 years (it's too tight) and no marks.....just a slight callous behind the back of my finger. Obviously, plated or junk wouldn't have been "as kind", but that's not the point. Junk jewelry is not meant to be worn for days, weeks, years.

5:22AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Exactly, Xil!

4:59AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Better with cheap jewelry than ivory, wood, blood diamonds and landgrabs for corrupt mining industrials, we cant collaps the whole economic motor now, can we?

12:44AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

PLEASE don't start yet another attempt to "engage" me, Nyack. I don't care to play your game. Falling down has nothing to do with wearing cheap jewelry and you know it. If you want to address me in a logical comment on THIS TOPIC, I'll be happy to have a conversation/discussion with you, but otherwise, find an appropriate place to just have a fight. I'm not interested.

12:42AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Is THAT right? I suppose that is exactly why toddlers sometimes fall down, and even whack their heads and have other accidents... improper parental supervision?

12:39AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Yes, Nyack, I noticed those things, but if one is a good parent, a responsible parent and an observant one, they don't leave objects such as this around for their toddlers to handle. My jewelry stays in a jewelry box or in a suitable container on my dresser. Somehow, I managed to raise two todderls to adulthood and neither one of them was poisoned by EATING my cheap jewelry, nor did I turn green and glow in the dark from wearing any. More kids have issues from sucking on their parents car keys or a remote to the TV or parts of cell phones, yet parents leave the access to those things around within reach all the time.

Read the article, even the writer admits that the risk of absorbing ANYTHING thru the skin is minimal. Yes, cheap junk will discolor the skin, cause a rash sometimes or if in pierced earrings, MAY cause irritation. If that happens, don't wear it. How simple is that? For those who CAN afford 18K or better, good for you. NOt all of us can, and actually many of us don't have to and have no problems with lesser quality.

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