Tuesday, November 30, 2010

After Thanksgiving

It's almost December - the time to buy gifts for family and friends. Gifts don't have to be expensive, they should be full of thought and love.

Don't be fooled . . .not all 'silver colored' metal is Sterling or Fine Silver. Too many are changing their materials to less expensive silver colored metals - Nickel Silver, also known as German Silver, non-tarnishing silver, Argentan (Not to be confused with Argentium which is a new Silver alloy), Alpaca, Alpaka, ALP, Austrian Silver, Mexican Silver, EPNS, Stainless Nickel Silver - these are ALL nickel silver - and most people get some form of dermitis (rash, breakout, blisters, etc.) from this metal.

Nickel has been banned from jewelry in most European countries. Why it is still allowed in the USA is unknown.

Silver colored jewelry may also contain "Cadmium"
"Cadmium has no constructive purpose in the human body. Cadmium is extremely toxic even in low concentrations" Wikipedia

Be careful when purchasing jewelry - make sure you know what it's made of.

Have a Happy Holiday Season!

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