> I think the big concern in costume jewelry is that
> kids, esp. the little ones, tend to put such things
> in their mouths and swallow them. As long as you
> don't lick, chew on, or swallow your costume jewelry,
> you're probably quite safe.
> When you are talking non-costume jewelry, then the
> metals that are alloyed into gold and silver are very
> unlikely to be "heavy" metals, since lead or cadmium
> would affect the strength and durability of precious
> metal alloys. I know nickel is used in some white
> metal alloys, but again, so long as you aren't
> swallowing your jewelry, no worries.
Our news program stated that just by WEARING this stuff could cause problems for some people not only children.
They had this Dr. who stated that it is possible for toxic metals to be absorbed through the skin by just wearing something often.
Of course the local news program I was watching used the words COULD, IT IS POSSIBLE, SOME PEOPLE, etc.
However, JMO, another reason to be very careful w/China made items.