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As of June 1, 2020, the following changes to the jewelry requirements of the California Health and Safety Code become effective under California Bill SB-647.
• Children has been re-defined as a person under 15 years of age.
• Implemented the federal standards for lead content in children’s jewelry.
• Added cadmium requirement for children’s jewelry.
• Reduced the lead content limit to 0.05% (500 ppm) for certain materials.
Children’s Jewelry Limits:
• 90 ppm total lead (surface coatings)
• 100 ppm total lead (accessible substrates)
• 75 ppm soluble cadmium (surface coatings)
• 300 ppm total cadmium (accessible substrates)
Adult Jewelry Limits:
• 200 ppm Lead - Plastics or rubber, including acrylic, polystyrene, plastic beads and stone, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
• 500 ppm Lead – Electroplated metals, unplated metals unless otherwise listed, dyes and surface coatings, and other materials.
• Must be entirely made of:
(1) Stainless or surgical steel.
(2) Karat gold.
(3) Sterling silver.
(4) Platinum, palladium, iridium, ruthenium, rhodium, or osmium.
(5) Natural or cultured pearls.
(6) Glass, ceramic, or crystal decorative components, including cat’s eye, cubic zirconia, including cubic zirconium or CZ, rhinestones, and cloisonne.
(7) A gemstone that is cut and polished for ornamental purposes, excluding aragonite, bayldonite, boleite, cerussite, crocoite, ekanite, linarite, mimetite, phosgenite, samarskite, vanadinite, and wulfenite.
(8) Elastic, fabric, ribbon, rope, or string that does not contain intentionally added lead.
(9) All natural decorative material, including amber, bone, coral, feathers, fur, horn, leather, shell, or wood, that is in its natural state and is not treated in a way that adds lead.
(11) Electroplated metal containing less than 0.05 percent (500 parts per million) lead by weight.
(12) Unplated metal not otherwise listed containing less than 0.05 percent (500 parts per million) lead by weight.
(13) Plastic or rubber, including acrylic, polystyrene, plastic beads and stones, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) containing less than 0.02 percent (200 parts per million) lead by weight.
(14) A dye or surface coating containing less than 0.05 percent (500 parts per million) lead by weight.
(15) Any other material that contains less than 0.05 percent (500 parts per million) lead by weight.
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