Hey, Do you know the importance of nontoxic jewelry?
What Does Nontoxoic Jewelry Mean?
- The Ecology Center, a Michigan-based non-profit organization that advocates for a safe and healthy environment, discovered through recently conducted tests that despite strict regulations, many pieces of costume jewelry contain high levels of unsafe chemicals including lead, chromium and nickel.
"None of these things are things you want to have your child exposed to," Dr. Kenneth R. Spaeth, director of the occupational and environmental medicine center at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., who was not involved in the study, told HealthPop. "All of these are harmful. Some of them are known to be carcinogens. Many of these are known to be neurotoxic, meaning they can affect brain development."
- NICKEL is one of the main causes of skin allergies and irritations in jewelry. Why is it used? Nickel is often used because it is less expensive and easy to use in jewelry making.
- LEAD is hazardous to almost every system in the body, and children are particularly vulnerable to its dangerous effects. Unfortunately because the use of lead in cheaply made, inexpensive jewelry and accessory items is not heavily regulated, studies by non-profit organizations across the United States have found lead in costume jewelry, accessories and toys.
- CADMIUM has been proven to be cancer-causing. Cadmium accumulates in the body, stays for years, and at high enough levels can cause kidneys to leak vital protein and bones to soften so much they snap. People absorb trace amounts just by eating leafy greens or smoking cigarettes; the most likely scenario with jewelry is that children would increase the burden on their bodies if they bite or suck on pendants or bracelets which easily shed the toxic metal.
- CARCINOGEN is any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that promotes carcinogenesis, the formation of cancer.
- Q&A WITH OUR CEO:
- Question: How do I know your jewelry is non-toxic?
- Answer: Boma is an established family-owned business that owns, operates and manages its jewelry production. Boma was founded by my parents in 1981 in Seattle, Washington and all Boma Jewelry is made in-house by our production teams in Bangkok, Thailand. For decades we have avoided the use of toxic chemicals that are harmful to our environment, our workers and our customers as an inexpensive shortcut to jewelry making. Every year we conduct third party audits by established international auditors to ensure the safety of our facilities and handling of sensitive materials and we regularly test our jewelry by certified metal laboratories for the presence of toxic chemicals.