But once I came back from South Africa, I read an article in the Leicestermercury journal about tests revealing very high levels of Cadmium in the necklace's alloy. In the three tested pieces (one of which I own), the Cadmium levels were more than 8000 times as high as allowed by law!
Cadmium is a heavy metal and can cause poisoning and death when inhalated and ingested. Even worse, it can accumulate in the body. If and in what amounts Cadmium can be taken up by the skin is still under debate, although it is known that sweat can solve Cadmium from the alloy. Restyle's facebook page also answered that:
" "Having skin contact with cadmium is not known to cause health problems"or " virtually no cadmium can enter the body through the skin under normal circumstances"and that
So if you won`t lick, eat or breath older jewellery - you are going to be OK."
"First of all - the cadmium jewellery law is only EU law - we have checked and there is no law in Australia forbidding cadmium in jewellery.The new European cadmium law came to life in december 2011.Which makes me even more nervous. I don't remember exactly when I bought my jewelry but I guess it was before 2011. So my jewelry was then regarded as safe but is not any longer? How can the recommended Cadmium levels change by 8000 times? Was the jewelry composition changed later? But why then did Restyle remove all metal jewelry from their website?
So it means that due to regulations the cadmium jewellery before that date were perfectly fine and safe."
My friend recommended to gle some felt to the back to avoid skin contact. I started to paint the pieces with clear spray paint and exchange the necklaces. But still, the bad feeling stays and I regret that I ordered another necklace right before my trip to South Africa...
Do you have any Restyle jewelry? Will you continue to wear it or will you try to get your money back?