Sunday, November 29, 2009

More About Lead, Safe Jewelry, and a Giveaway

I'm currently running a series of posts about Toxins In Toys. In my latest post, we talked about lead - where its found and more. I am subscribed to a recall email list and one of the things that I see recalled frequently because of lead is children's jewelry. Most of it is off brand jewelry that I wouldn't consider safe anyway, but the recalls do include some brand names such as American Girl, and Reebok. The Reebok bracelet was actually recalled because a four year old boy swallowed the heart shaped charm and then died of lead poisoning. The CDC has a report on the incident here. Here is a list of children's jewelry recalls.

As a mom of two little girls who love to dress up and be pretty, I'm definitely concerned about this issue. My girls do not have metal jewelry right now. Aside from the lead issue, I would also be concerned about charms coming off and posing a choking hazard to the new baby or little ones that visit our household. They do each have a special amber necklace that they can wear when they want to. They get so many compliments on their necklaces when they are wearing them, and the necklaces are a safe option for many reasons.

Amber is interesting in that it is not actually a stone, it is a fossilized tree resin, and has been used historically as a remedy for many ailments. When wearing a piece of amber jewelry, your skin warms the amber and it releases trace amounts of succinic acid which your body absorbs. Amber is credited for pain relief, restoring energy, strengthening the body's immune system, and more. You can read more about the benefits here. Personally, I'm undecided on how effective wearing amber is, but it certainly can't hurt. Its a natural substance, and looks great besides!

Inspired by Finn is a great little shop that sells amber jewelry. They sent us an amber necklace and bracelet for review. Here is a picture of Lucy with the necklace on:

We chose the light mix round bead necklace in 13 inches. The lighter colors are supposed to have more of the succinic acid. The string the necklace is made of is designed to stretch or even break if necessary. Each piece of amber is individually double knotted on the strand so that if the necklace does break you won't have little pieces flying everywhere. Lucy is very proud of her amber necklace and I can tell she feels very pretty when she's wearing it.

The bracelet that we received was for my mother in law. She has constant pain in her arms, neck, and shoulders from arthritis and other spinal problems. I asked her to wear the bracelet for a couple of weeks and let me know what she thought.

She said that the bracelet was somewhat helpful. She felt that it helped with the pain, although it was hard to tell. On a day where she did something strenuous and was in more pain, the bracelet didn't do much, but it did seem to help with everyday low level pain management. She's been wearing it every time I see her lately, so I it must be helping.

Its definitely interesting to read about the benefits of amber. I love these necklaces as a safe option for children's (and mommy!) jewelry. (Note: due to CPSIA regulations, the jewelry is recommended for ages 3 and up.) Inspired by Finn sells amber necklaces in adult and youth sizes, earrings, and more. As a side note, they have a huge selection of baby legs at a great price. (I have this organic wool pair for the new baby and they are so soft and nice.)

Inspired by Finn is offering one reader a necklace! If you'd like to enter the giveaway leave a comment on this post including your email address. The winner will be able to choose any necklace smaller than 16 inches. If you can't wait and would like to do some holiday shopping, you can use the code "blog" for 20% off. For extra entries, you can blog about this giveaway and leave the link in a comment, become a follower of my blog (or say that you already are), or both. The giveaway will close on December 11 at midnight.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned for more on toy safety, toys reviews, and giveaways coming up soon.

**The giveaway is now closed. chose comment #13. Thanks for your interest!**


  1. I've read quite a bit about the benefits of amber, but have never actually tried it. It would be perfect for my teething little one.


  2. I would love to win one!!

  3. I looovve amber and have always been a big fan.

  4. I think amber is beautiful. I didn't know it had these purported benefits to boot. I love the Multi-Strand
    Braided Nutmeg necklace.

  5. Amber is very beautiful & beneficial. I have my fingers crossed. This would be perfect for my daughter.

  6. What a great idea for a product. So pretty too.

  7. These are beautiful! Added health benefits are just a bonus :)

    aprilandevan at gmail dot com

  8. Another nice thing about amber is the light weight. Even big chunks weigh practically nothing. Nice for a large necklace. Sheila

  9. I would love to win, they would look so sweet on my daughter.

  10. I've heard great things about Inspired by Finn and their necklaces. I would love to try this with my teething toddler. Thank you!

    stickybean12 at gmail dot com

  11. I love the "Royal Rectangles" necklaces in the shop!

    xmeliss182x (at) yahoo (dot) com

  12. Great post, with lots of informations, I've heard about amber being good for teething and such, but never WHY.

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  13. I'd love to enter this drawing. What nice stuff they have!

  14. Thank you for the article! I have 2 daughters and I never checked their jewelery stuff, but they really have a lot. I will sort all of them to find what is good and what is bad, according to your advices. What else except to the amber can you suggest?

  15. vintage style rings - I think jewelry that is high quality, labeled sterling silver would be safe. As best I can tell, the recalled items weren't labeled sterling silver, but again, I wouldn't trust just anything... used to make some child size necklaces that we have for play. Otherwise just being careful about what you have and where you got it from would be best. Check items to be sure the charms are safely attached also.

  16. I can just see my 2-year-old daughter enjoying a pretty new necklace.:)