Think you had great deal with that cheap and beautiful $3 necklace you bought online? Think again. I bought a few fake septum rings for a really cheap price from AliExpress. When I got them and tried them on, I noticed the septum rings had a strange indescribable smell on them. Being a curious person, I decided to do a little research as to what costume jewelry is made out of.  Turns out, most of our costume jewelry in the United States has high levels of toxins and carcinogens. This doesn’t just include costume jewelry bought from cheap online stores, this includes stores that many individuals commonly shop at which include:

  • Claire’s
  • Walmart
  • Forever 21
  • H&M
  • Target

There are many other stores with similar results. Many of these products are made in China. Children are also at risk due to this jewelry and are more likely to be effected by the toxins. Common toxins in costume jewelry include:

Lead: Even small traces can impair the brain development in small children and lower IQ.

Cadmium: A carcinogen associated with lung and prostate cancer. It’s also been found to have hormonal effects, cause a raise in blood pressure, and cause bone loss.

Chromium: Can cause birth defects and asthma.

Mercury: Young children are more sensitive to this because they can be exposed through their mothers breast milk.

Arsenic: Correlated with Type 2 Diabetes

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Chromium happens to be a serious issue in Canada according to CBC News. In fact, chromium has a similar impact on health as lead. Though we may not know what the effects of chromium over time when it comes to wearing it, it can have serious effects if consumed. A pendent was also found to have nearly 100% Chromium in Canada. Even chewing on this jewelry can be a risk.

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Basically, you get what you pay for. Most products that can be bought for a cheap price aren’t worth it. If you want to avoid the health risks, avoid buying costume jewelry.

My questions for you guys are:

  1. Should we continue to buy jewelry from China?
  2. Do you plan on keeping you’re costume jewelry?
  3. Should we focus more on the regulation of international trade?

Be sure to let me know in the comment section below!