Fashion jewellery from Asia may contain cadmium and lead. This is why controls are regularly carried out by our inspectors. In 2017, more than 500 kilograms of non-compliant jewellery was withdrawn from the market. But the import channels for these jewels are multiple and in constantly change. It is therefore likely that such jewellery are available on the Belgian market.
Skin reactions caused by nickel allergies are easily recognised. But the same cannot be said for lead and cadmium, the health effects of which cannot be observed in a similar way.
- Risks that are not insignificant, especially for young children and pregnant women
- How to recognize jewellery made with cadmium or lead?
- What can be done to protect against these risks?
Lead and cadmium are heavy metals considered to be carcinogens. Cadmium and lead are extremely toxic by ingestion or inhalation of dust and vapours. When the skin is injured or irritated (e.g. in case of eczema or dermatitis), these substances can get into the body. As a result of bioaccumulation, cadmium and lead levels increase in our bodies with age. In the long term, they can cause kidney and lung disorders or affect IQ. It is very important to avoid cadmium and lead throughout your life.
... especially for young children and pregnant women
Pregnant women and very young children are extremely sensitive to lead poisoning. When lead is ingested, it is released into the body. This release is much higher among pregnant women and young children than among adults. For more information:
Jewellery containing large quantities of cadmium often has a fairly massive appearance. Their details are coarse, less refined than those made of silver for example.
Like cadmium jewellery, lead jewellery is quite coarse and heavy.
Everyone buys costume jewellery. Simple precautions reduce the risks for health.
Do you like wearing costume jewellery? Why not, but you must avoid:
Do you often buy online? Beware …
Do you buy in stores?
At home, watch out for young children and teenagers
Do you want to dispose of an item of costume jewellery? Do not throw it in the waste bin!