I love getting a good deal on stuff, but low prices don’t always mean good deals. In fact super low prices should come with a tag, “Buyer Beware.” That’s certainly true when it comes to the jewelry found in many popular chain stores favored by girls and young women.
Because I am passionate about wearing (and selling) good jewelry, I’m going to climb up on a soapbox for a few minutes…
3 Things You May Not Know About Cheap Jewelry
- Cheap jewelry is often made by underpaid workers (sometimes children) in deplorable conditions. That $5 bracelet comes with a human price tag of misery and deprivation.
- Cheap jewelry is often tainted with toxic substances, including carcinogens. This jewelry could literally make you sick!!
A non-profit organization called The Ecology Center ran tests on 99 pieces of jewelry (some of which was geared toward children but most of it was for adults) that were purchased from 14 different discount stores such from around the country, like Target, Claire’s, Glitter, Forever 21, Walmart, H&M, and Hot Topic. They checked each piece for dangerous things like lead, cadmium, chromium, nickel, brominated flame retardants, chlorine, mercury and arsenic. And, surprise, surprise, lots of the jewelry was full of nasty stuff. Jezebel.com and CBS News
- Cheap jewelry easily breaks. A $4 necklace worn twice is not such a great deal.
So if you feel yourself being seduced by cheap jewelry, I hope you’ll remember you get what you pay for and back away from the sales display. You’ll thank me later!
[Stepping down from soapbox now.]