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Fine Jewelry is Much Safer Than Costume Jewelry

Posted on 02 November 2018

We all scan product labels when food shopping, but did you know you need to pay attention to what your jewelry is made from too?

A recent study from The Ecology Center, a nonprofit advocating for safe and healthy environments, found that most costume jewelry is manufactured with unsafe compounds and chemicals.

Researchers tested over 99 different jewelry pieces from popular retailers like H&M, Kohl’s, Target, and Forever 21, and found that 27 of them contained lead amounts over the Consumer Protection Safety’s Commission’s limit for children.

Even worse, 10% of the tested jewelry contained the recalled and toxic metal Cadmium. Jeff Gearhart, research director at The Ecology Center and founder of said, "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. We urge manufacturers to start replacing these chemicals with non-toxic substances immediately."

These toxic chemicals and cheap metals are extremely harmful if swallowed by children, and some are even known to cause cancer. The harm certainly outweighs the benefits of saving a few bucks. Next time you’re shopping for jewelry, consider the quality of the piece and the metals it’s composed of.

Precious metals like sterling silver are some of the safest metals around. Sterling silver is a fine metal that contains over 90% of pure silver and is mixed with high quality, non-toxic alloys to strengthen jewelry.

It has natural antimicrobial properties, protecting us from bacteria. It’s so safe, it’s even used in the medical field.

Eyestunnish specializes in unique, hand-designed sterling silver and 18K gold-plated jewelry that is as safe as it is beautiful. We encourage you to check out our lookbook here: and subscribe to our newsletter for 15% off your first order. Now you can own quality, fine jewelry at an affordable price. You’ll never have to go back to harmful, costume jewelry.

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