|Scientists have found high levels of toxic metals in cheap high street jewellery targeted at children that have dangerous health implications. [Agencies]
According to scientific studies, accessorizing with cheap costume jewelry can be dangerous, the Daily Mail reported.
After running a series of tests on a variety of low-cost jewelry items targeted at youngsters, non-profit environmental safety organization The Ecology Center found alarming levels of harmful chemicals in their composition.
Lead, cadmium, chromium, mercury and arsenic among other highly toxic chemicals were detected in over half the 99 items taken from branches of Claire's, Forever 21 and H&M and other retailers across the United States.
The health issues linked to these substances in past tests on animals and humans include acute allergies, birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity and cancer.
(China.org.cn March 27, 2012)