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You think you are so wise because you bought that really dazzling bracelet at a very low price. How can you forget about those ear studs which you bought to match with your dress for the party?
You might be a ‘wise’ person according to you and your friends to whom you always flaunt your attractive collection of jewelry because you manage to keep it stylish without being extravagant, but the recent newsworthy incidents are sure to shock you! The dazzling pieces of jewelry that you buy for an extremely low price are nothing but a storehouse of hazardous elements. Lead, nickel and cadmium are to name a few.
There have been numerous agencies that are now busy convicting those jewelry manufacturers who are bringing such contaminated jewelry in the market to which billions of people have access. You might think that wearing these hazardous metals are not so much as harmful as eating them, but it is very common that you might absent mindedly chew the jewelry or even if you don’t, you might be carrying a baby who can do it. Moreover, the pieces may chip off easily and they might find their way inside your body.
So, if you really consider yourself wise, say a big NO to this harmful jewelry and throw away that flamboyant looking bracelet dangling around your wrist!
Let’s now take a look at the hazardous elements most commonly found in cheap jewelry.
[title size=”small” type=”border”]CADMIUM[/title][tm_divider type=”dotted” space=”10px”]Cadmium contamination can be worse for children than adults. Ingestion of high levels of cadmium causes poisoning. Once inside the body, it keeps accumulating and you can never get completely rid of it ever. The kidneys are likely to shrink by 30% and form stones. This harmful metal can cause multi organ failure.
Moreover, these compounds are carcinogenic. It can cause lung cancer and prostate cancer. Some of them are even neurotoxic and thereby affecting the development of the brain. This is because they are likely to cause neuron cell death. It also results in bone softening; thereby making them fragile and likely to break easily It also affects the blood pressure. In children, it adversely affects the renal and dopaminergic systems.
Exposure to this hazardous metal can even adversely affect the life of the unborn because cadmium has the ability to cross the placenta and get accumulated in the fetal tissues. Prenatal exposure to cadmium is likely to adversely affect the development of brain and also result in reduced weight during birth and birth size. Cadmium is of no use to human body and can only cause harm when accumulated.[/tm_divider]
[title size=”small” type=”border”]NICKEL[/title][tm_divider type=”dotted” space=”10px”]It is the most commonly used hardener and is alloyed with softer metals. It greatly increases the shine of silver jewelry because of which it is widely used for inexpensive plating. About 10-20% people are allergenic to nickel and most of them do not realize it. However, if you get sensitized to nickel once, you will continue to suffer from the nickel-allergy rash for the rest of your life whenever you get exposed to nickel. Continuous or frequent exposure to nickel is going to worsen the condition.
The rash might disappear after a few days but the allergy will prevail forever. Nickel is actively present in nickel silver but there is no trace of pure silver in the compound. It obtains its silver color from the combination of tin, lead, zinc and nickel. So, stay away from nickel silver jewelry to prevent suffering from the combined hazards of lead and nickel.[/tm_divider]
[title size=”small” type=”border”]LEAD[/title][tm_divider type=”dotted” space=”10px”]High lead content are generally found in plastic or vinyl bracelets, lobster-claw clasps and fake pearls with pearlescent coating. Continuous exposure to lead damages the nervous system and is especially harmful for children.
It has the capability to cause brain damage, reproductive problems and even death. Lead is known to be ‘the portable human carcinogen’. However lead poisoning symptoms are dormant at the beginning and develop with chronic exposure. Stomachaches, vomiting, headaches, fatigue and loss of appetite are some of the common symptoms. Children face learning difficulties and behavioral problems like hyperactivity.
Due to the hazardous effects of these metals, the governments of more and more countries are taking measures to eradicate contamination through jewelry by considerably reducing the permitted content of these metals.