BUYING jewellery from internet auctions could seriously damage your health.
A warning from Trading Standards officers who have recently purchased seven items of Silver Tiffany jewellery from eBay - all of which turned out to be imitation.
Even worse, five of the items failed UK safety tests because of their high nickel content.
The legal amount of nickel allowed for jewellery is half a microgram per square centimetre per week and the five items that failed the safety tests were found to exceed this. One of these items was 70 times over the legal limit.
Prolonged contact of nickel with the skin can cause painful reactions from mild irritation to severe eczema.
"Buying jewellery that turns out to be fake is bad enough, but then to discover that you've unwittingly been exposed to a potential health hazard really is a counterfeit double whammy," said an executive member for community safety and culture also a county councillor.
"The simplest advice we can give is don't buy items of jewellery unless you are absolutely sure that the product is genuine - and safe to wear.
Directive details on Nickel Silver Content :
The Nickel Directive (EEC Directive 76/769/EEC now amended by 2004/96/EC), a piece of European legislation originally introduced in 1994, will become law in the UK as “The Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Nickel) (Safety) Regulations 2005”.
These latest Regulations will come into force on the 1st September 2005.
An offence is committed if the following are sold :
1. Any post assembly that is intended to be inserted into a pierced part of the human body, unless the rate of nickel release from such a post assembly is less than 0.2µg/cm²/week;
2. Any jewellery items which have a rate of nickel release, from those parts of the item which come into direct and prolonged contact with the skin, of greater than 0.5µg/cm²/week;
3. Any jewellery items (including certain metal clothing fasteners) which have a non-nickel coating, unless such coating is sufficient to ensure that the rate of nickel release from those parts of the product which come into direct and prolonged contact with the skin, does not exceed 0.5µg/cm²/week for a period of at least two years of normal use of the item.
Inspiration for this guide from daisy.posting