Lead-containing jewelry is of particular concern because children tend to put jewelry in their mouths, which can cause dangerous levels of lead to absorption. Lead poisoning is blamed for the death of a four-year-old boy in Minnesota who swallowed a pendant containing lead. Adding a necklace or earrings can add a finishing touch to your outfit. But what if the accessories you're wearing make you sick? After all, some jewelry contains substances with known health risks.
Governments around the world have limited the use of some substances because science shows that they are harmful to humans. However, this does not mean that all products comply perfectly with the regulations. Products sometimes hit store shelves despite having excessive levels of certain substances. This is more common on jewelry made outside the U.S.
UU. Jewelry may also contain nickel, a metal that gives them a shiny silver finish. Nickel is known to irritate the skin. There may be substances in older parts that are no longer considered safe.
Cadmium is a natural substance that has many uses. Manufacturers use it in metal coatings, batteries, plastics and phosphate fertilizers. Long-term exposure to cadmium from air, food, or water can cause kidney problems. In addition, breathing large amounts of cadmium dust causes serious lung damage.
There are strict limits on the amount of lead allowed in children's products. Imported items must be tested for lead levels before U.S. retailers can sell them. Nickel is a natural metal with a silver finish.
It is used on many items, such as jewelry, zippers, eyeglass frames, and consumer electronics. It's not toxic, but it's known to cause skin irritation. If you buy mass-produced items, there's a chance that they contain cadmium or lead. They are more likely to contain hazardous amounts of these substances.
Cadmium does not react to sweat or penetrate the skin in large quantities. In addition, lead in jewelry is considered safe for adults because it doesn't penetrate the skin. Jewelers, especially artisanal and artistic jewelers, frequently use copper. It is alloyed with zinc to make brass of different types.
Bronze is also made with copper. Nickel is added to make nickel silver. Mass-produced fashion jewelry often contains copper or copper alloys. Although copper can cause allergies, this is rare.
However, their salts (such as those found in solutions for skating and plating) can be fatal if ingested and cause dermatitis if the skin has regular contact with them. Copper vapors can cause a fever due to metal fumes. Copper oxides, which are released from metal when working, can be inhaled and increase the chance of problems with the material. It may be a good idea to pickle and rinse copper to reduce exposure to copper oxide.
Copper coating solutions have an acid base (often sulfuric) or dissolve with cyanide salts, which can be lethal if mixed with an acid.