As Sterling Canyon reported last October on efforts to control the use of Cadmium on jewelry. A law initiated by the California Center for Environmental Health is about to go into affect, just in time for holiday shoppers. The law simply states that no jewelry, particularly children’s jewelry may not contain more than 0.03 percent Cadmium. Cadmium is a coating that recently has been traced to cheap children’s jewelry made in China. The metal coating is known to cause cancer and other diseases.
Unfortunately, the law has no teeth. Perhaps this is the result of conservative lawmakers who do not want to impose regulations on industry in order to protect the public. The law is purely voluntary, hoping that Chinese manufacturers and U.S. retailers will abide by the percent limits. There are no penalties if the limits are exceeded. The government does have the power to issue a recall on those suspect products. A small price to pay for potentially large profits.
The question remains as to why parents would buy cheap Chinese jewelry for their children. Ignorance may be a reason. Or perhaps these parents live under rocks and are not aware of the poor product reputation China has created for itself. Folks, don’t go to Walmart or Kmart to buy trinkets for your children. The harm may be greater than you think. One of the reasons why Sterling Canyon offers the finest affordable Silver jewelry all made in the United States or Europe.