UK consumers are by far the most active online spenders, with the UK taking 42 per cent of online Christmas spending, compared to 31 per cent in Europe. However, consumers need to be mindful when shopping for their costume jewellery from online retailers outside of the EU, as recent research conducted by The Danish Consumer Council, THINK, revealed that several online platforms were selling costume jewellery containing harmful chemicals. One bracelet that was tested contained 38 per cent cadmium. This is almost 4000 times more cadmium than allowed. Over time, cadmium accumulates in the body and can damage the kidneys and bones.
Birmingham Assay Office were recently approached by LOUD (Live Out Your Dreams) to produce a short film introducing primary school children to the world of work. The film, produced by Independent films, features 9-year-old Henry from Birmingham. Henry, a massive fan of gems and science, interviewed young professional, Elizabeth Passey, a Gemmologist at AnchorCert Gem Lab, based and part of the Birmingham Assay Office.
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A third of “gold” jewellery being sold online is suspected to be un hallmarked and therefore may be fake, raising concerns that UK consumers are being duped by internet traders, according to data released today from the British Hallmarking Council (the UK’s hallmarking body) and the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office.
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