Your Costume Jewelry May Hide Dangerous Levels Of Chemicals

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Mimi Haddon/Getty Images

Step away from that cheap $3 necklace people.

That cheap costume jewelry you love so much may be making you ill.

Costume Jewelery from brands like Forever 21, H&M, and Target could contain  scary levels of chemicals.

The Ecology Center tested 99 samples of costume jewelry from discount retailers and found that “more than half of the items contain high levels of hazardous chemicals,” including lead, cadmium, nickel, mercury, and arsenic.

Over a quarter of the items had levels of lead above the limit allowed in children’s products, which has to be disturbing news for anybody whose baby grabs their bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.

Looks like that bargain jewelry isn’t such a bargain after all.

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