New study shows low costing jewelry could be hazardous to health

By: Amanda Brown Email
By: Amanda Brown Email

ARDMORE, OK--Although costume jewelry may save you money now it could cost you more in the long run. A new study shows that low costing costume jewelry could actually be hazardous to your health.

The Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health and the Ecology Center looked at 99 pieces of low cost jewelry from 14 popular retailers.

"Ming 99 City, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Claries, Big Lots, Glitter, Forever 21, Walmart, H&M, Meijers, Kohl's, Justice, Icing and Hot Topic" Said Gearhart.

Researchers tested for chemicals including lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, bromine and chlorine. Those chemicals have been linked to health problems like allergies, birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and even cancer.

"And our results show that over half of the low cost jewelry we tested had levels of concern for one or more of these chemicals" said Gearhart.

Georgia Myers says there are dozens of reasons why costume jewelry is so popular.

"Less expensive, versatile, you can buy more and wear wit with almost every outfit and it's fun to shop for" said Myers.

Research Director Jeff Gearhart said that for now buyers need to beware because there are no warning labels. He said they're calling for an overhaul of the federal toxic substance control act to require manufactures to disclose what's in their jewelry. Myers likes the idea of a warning label not only for her own safety but for her daughter's.

"I would like to have some type of notification on the tag of what's actually in the product then i could make an informed decision" said Myers.

Other shoppers agree.

"I bought a pair of earrings today to match this bling right here and I love costume jewelry and I'm tickled to death when I have something new to wear, but if it's going to be a health hazard I think something should be done about it" said Tanya Loard.

Researchers said these chemicals have also been found in children's jewelry which could make it even more harmful if swallowed.

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