High Levels of Lead Found in Jewelry from Saks, Express, and Other Retailers

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Lead is like the clingy ex who just cannot refrain from slipping wretched entreaties of his (or her) undying love under your front door. (I mean, seriously? It's getting sad, Pb.) Oh yes, the periodic-table heavy hitter is up to its old shtick again, this time from those pretty baubles dangling from your person. And the effects of lead—just like diamonds—are forever.

Just last week, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) announced that testing performed for the California Attorney General found high levels of lead in jewelry purchased from 10 major retailers, including a $200 number from Saks Fifth Avenue that contained over 175,000 parts per million (ppm) of the toxic metal. Other stores in violation of California law: Claire's, Cost Plus, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, DD's Discount, The Buckle, Express, Wet Seal, and Styles for Less.

"Buyers need to know that even expensive jewelry can have high levels of lead," said Caroline Cox, CEH Research Director, in a press release. "Lead can pose real health threats, especially to pregnant women or kids who play with their parent's jewelry."

With damning evidence that exposure to lead, especially in utero, can have a lasting, detrimental impact on a child's mental development—and IQ—the fact that it still persists within our everyday grasp can only be testament to our supreme stupidity as a species. What's it going to take, a restraining order?

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