Miss Farah

Think Before You Dress Your Child!

Posted on: March 14, 2010

All kids love jewelry sometimes our children take your jewelry and wear them and you are like oh you look so cuteee and you start taking her pictures, so you decide you want your child to let go of your jewelry so you buy her cheap ones because you know she’s gonna break them….Well…Hold that thought!

Did you know that  low-priced children’s jewelry  imported from Asia have high levels of cadmium and have been found in Chinese imports?

What is Cadmium?

Cadmium is a naturally occurring heavy metal which is highly toxic – it’s worse than lead in many ways. It is carcinogenic and causes serious damage to the kidneys and liver in particular. It accumulates in the body which could build up to really toxic levels. It’s just plain nasty. Like lead, there are deleterious effects on young children who swallow or put jewelry in their mouths. They are at risk for learning disabilities and permanent IQ loss.

Chinese manufacturers use Cadmium because it is cheap and easy to work with. But, like lead, it can hinder brain development in the very young. Furthermore, Cadmium is also known to cause cancer, kidneys that leak vital proteins, and bones that spontaneously snap.


Last words :

  • It’s a safe bet to say there will be mandatory tests for cadmium in jewelry in the future just as there are now for lead.


  • The publicity will hopefully spur the manufacturers to stop using cadmium in jewelry findings altogether – ir’s apparently a fairly common practice for their own domestic market. Chinese consumers need protection too.


  • If you need metal beads which aren’t sterling silver, go for zinc which also looks silvery but is not toxic. Lead-free pewter (a tin alloy) is another good option.


View original article here:  The Beading Gem’s Journal


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