Jewellery News

The front page of the Toronto Star this morning was splashed with an article re: recalled toys and children’s jewellery – Made in China, loaded with lead. Some of it even tragically labeled lead-free. Mostly sold through dollar stores – these items continue to slip past testing (and realistically – how much testing could be done?) and make it onto the shelves here. It’s sad – and an argument for sure for sitting down with your granddaughters and nieces (and grandsons and nephews) and teaching them to make jewellery from components that you know and trust! There’s a moral in …

Getting the Lead Out

Occasionally, someone will email us to ask about the lead content in one bead or another. This is Erin’s carefully researched reply. Unfortunately many basemetal items can contain lead. We do not carry any products that we know to contain hazardous amounts of lead. Some of the basemetal items we carry, such as those with product numbers beginning in “tc”, contain a minute and inconsequential amount of lead. The following is from their manufacturer… “TierraCast uses an alloy called Britannia, composed of 92% Tin, 7½% Antimony and ½% Copper. Tin is refined from ore that contains other metals, including lead. …