Inexpensive Jewelry for Children, Adults High in Toxins

Mar 13 2012 - 1:36pm
Some inexpensive jewelry can be toxic

Inexpensive jewelry in the form of bangles and beads, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings you buy for your children and for yourself may be harboring dangerous metals and chemicals, according to new research. More than half of the jewelry items tested were high in toxins, which could have a negative impact on your children’s health, and yours as well.

Toxic jewelry is being sold at popular stores

The old adage about getting what you pay for appears to be true when it comes to some inexpensive jewelry being sold for children and adults. The Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, Michigan, recently issued the results of new research that showed high levels of toxins such as lead, arsenic, bromine, chlorine (PVC), cadmium, and mercury in low-cost necklaces and other jewelry items.

The investigators tested 99 items of jewelry that came from 14 different retailers in 6 states, including Ming 99 City, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Big Lots, Claire’s, Glitter, Forever 21, Walmart, H&M, Meijers, Kohl’s, Justice, Icing, and Hot Topic.

The pieces of jewelry were examined using an X-ray fluorescence analyzer, which has been proven to identify toxic elements in products. Here’s some of what they found:

  • 57% of the items were rated as having a HIGH level of concern because they contained high levels of at least one hazardous chemical
  • 6% of the items rated MEDIUM level of concern because they contained medium levels of one or more hazardous chemical
  • 37% of the jewelry products were rated as LOW level of concern because they contained one or more hazardous chemicals at low levels

Chemicals found in the jewelry
More specifically, here are the chemicals found in the jewelry:



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