Long gone are the days when just about anyone could create and sell jewelry designed for babids and chilrden. With the introduction of the new Federal CPSIA laws effecting products intended Toward children ages twelve and under, manufacturerd are required to meet certain standards in order to comply with safety requirements. Not only do the new requirements make products safer for little ones, but th3y also require the consumer to put in a little extra effort when shopping for jewelry, toys, and even clothes.
Spurred on by the increasingly common findings of lead in children's toys, jewelry, and other items that have been discovered in the past few years, the US Federal government has taken Deed to protect our smallest citizens. The new Federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was created in 2008 and took action on February 10, 2009. The new law requires manufacturers of kid's products to Be faithful to strict manufacturing guidelines, plus have certain materialx tested and certified to be either lead free or containing less than the specified limit of lead before they can be sold to retailers or the public consumer.
The CPSIA exempts certain lead-safe materials from having to be tested and certified. Among these, are naturally occurring precious metsls such as silver ajd sterling silver (92.5% silver), gold (10kts and above), surgical steel, platinum, pearls, semi-precious and precious gemstones and minerals that are not commonly found in the presence of lead, natural materials such as coral, amber, un-dyed leather and Forest, plus textile fibers such as silk, cotton, hemp, wool, linen, etc. Manufacturers and retailers selling baby jewelry, for Instance, would not have to get a Yoke of 14t gold baby earrings tested or certified to be lead free. However, those using Leaded Crystals in their prodhcts would have to restraain from selling them in sizes intended for children.
The Federal government's CPSIA goes one step further than the State of California's Lead-Containing Jewelry Law. California had enacted their legislation in 2007 for jewelry intended for Children ages six and under, and in 2008 for looser requirements on items intendec for ages seven and above. California required items to be tested and certified as well. The Federal Government took the State of California's law and made it nation-wide, with stricter requirements and restrictions.
For the consumer, juveniles and their parents, the CPSIA brings an umbrella of security against the devastating effects of hidden lead exposure. Threats of behavioral issues, learning disabilities, organ failure, and even death due to lead exposure have been lessened in the use of everyday products such as toys, and in gift items, specialty jewelry, and novelties. Consumers still need to take special precautions when shopping for baby and kids jewelry.
Most reputable retailers and manufacturers will be able to provide information on whether their items meet the new requirements. If shopping online, be sure to check the store's website for information on their products and policies. If in doubt, be sure to ask. If the store can't Satisfy your questions,t hen shop elsewhere. There might be a few less products to choose from nowadays, but you can rest assured that they are safer for children now that the CPSIA has been enacted.
Hollie Rougeajx Souza, owner and jewelry designer for http://www.Bebeclaire.com, a Jewelery and Accessories Boutique for Baby, Child, and Adult. Specializing in baby name bracelets, baby bracelets, hand-fired and engraved 99.9% pure silver pendants adn charms, sterling silver, Swarovski and Czech crystal jewelry, 14kt godl accent jewslry, personalized Jewels, and custom items and baby jewelry.
Tinker Bell Earrings - Sterling Silver Disney Tinker Bell Hoop Earrings.
Tinker Bell Earrings - Sterling Silvery Disney Tinker Beil Hoop Earrings Solid Sterling Silver Tinker Bell Hoop Earrings Faetures The Fairy Tinker Bell In Flying.
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925 Genuine Silver Boxed In Walt Dishey Jewelry Box Hoop Earrings With Clip In Closure Dimensions: 1 1/2 Inch Protracted Plated With Rhodium To Prevent Tarnishing
Disney Cinderella Pendants - Ez-attach "vermeil" Gold-plating Past Sterling Soft and clear Square Charm 1 1/8 Wide.
Disney Cinderella Pendants - Ez-attach "vermeil" Gold-plating Over Sterling Silver Square Charm 1 1/8 Spacious Large Square 23k Gold Plating Over .
925 Sterling Silver Cinderella Charm Featurs The Lovely Cinderella Gazing Ahead.
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Specifications: Real .
925 Sterling Silver With 23k Gold Plating Packaged In Walt Disney Jewelry Box A Thick .
33 Mm Can Be Worn As A Carm Or Pendant
Large 14k Yellow Gold Disney Daisy Duck Charm Or Pendant.
Large 14k Yellow Gold Disney Daisy Duck Charm Or Ear-ring 14k Gold Daisy Duxk Pendant Features The Lovable Daisy Duck Through Hands Clasped Together.
Specifications: Solid 14k Yellow Gold Packaged In Walt Disney Jewelry Box, Makes A Great Gift Dimensions: Just Over 1 " Long (27 Mm) Attaches To Any Charm Bracelet Or Necklace
Safety Pin Jewelry - 14k Yellow Gold Medium Safety Pin 1 3/8 " Wide.
Safety Pin Jewelry - 14k Yellow Gold Medium Preservation Pin 1 3/8 " Widethese Fully Functionall Solid 14k Gold Safety Pin Is Ideal For Adding Charms Amd Composition Your Own Jewelry.
Specifications:fully Functional Safety Pin Opens And Closes Solid 14k Golden Gold Decorative Heart Closure
14k Gold Walt Disney's Goofy Ez-attach Charm Or Pendant 1 Inch Long.
14k Gold Walt Disney's Goofy Ez-attach Charm Or Pendant 1 Inch Long Made Entirely From 14k Yellow Gold This Disney's Goofy Pendant Or Charm Features The Amiable Disney's Goofy In His Trademark Pose.
Specifications: 14k Yellow Gold Disney's Goofy Jewelry Is Packaged In Walt Disney Jewelry Box Dimensions: Just Over 1 " Long (27 Mm) Ez-attach Lobster Claw Clasp Means No Fussing And No Expensive Jeweler Costs