Originally posted: November 21, 2017
Updated: February 19, 2020
Newer (c. 2013?) Opal Innocence Lenox Fine Bone China, Classics Collection. These were tested with an XRF instrument and came up non-detect for Lead. Please note, the golden/platinum band may or may not have lead in it but it does not take up enough of the scope of the XRF instrument to be able to come up with an accurate reading.
Important to note, 2020 update:
When this testing was done and these results were originally reported I was using a simpler reporting format here on my blog (simply “yes” or “no” for Lead – with relatively shorter tests!). With the testing I do now (2020) I include all metals found using a freshly calibrated XRF instrument (testing in “consumer goods” mode) and I often do much longer tests than I used to do previously (to ensure the results are as accurate and specific as possible).
And with that disclaimer, here is a link to another example of china from this brand in this same pattern with slightly different test results. This second example tested positive for Lead at very low levels (still well within the range of being “Lead-safe” but not 100% Lead-free). Some of the tested spots on this second example also tested negative for Lead. It is important to note that all ceramics may vary from batch-to-batch, dish-to-dish and my earlier conclusion that the example from this pattern (from about 2013, pictured on this post) was Lead-free is not negated by a later finding of a similar dish (from a different year) testing positive for very low levels of Lead (within safe range.)
Here’s a link to these dishes on Amazon!*
For some additional reading you may want to check out the following links:
- To see the #LeadFree dishes I use in my home, click here.
- For more #SaferChoices for your family, click here
- To see more Lenox brand dishes I have tested, click here.
- To see another example of this exact pattern (Lenox Opal Innocence) that I have tested, click here.
- To learn more about the testing methodologies used when reporting test results on this blog, click here.
- To see more “Made In USA” products I have tested, click here.
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Do you have any information about the Lenox Opal Innocence Carved pattern?
Melanie Love says
Can you tell me if the Lenox French Perle dinnerware is safe? The ice blue and the white is what I wanted to order.
Also, have there been any changes with The Pioneer Woman dishes? It seems like it’s been a while since you tested them.
I have the Opal Innocence China. I got married in 2010, so it was probably purchased in May of that year. Do you know when Lenox transitioned to being lead-free? If you could let me know, that would be awesome. Thank you! And thank you so much for your website. It has been an invaluable resource for me. I have purchased many of your lead-free dish suggestions for me and my family and now use them in my home.
Hi Megan – I am so sorry that I don’t have more information about when they transitioned from Leaded to unleaded for that pattern. I think that 2010 might be on the edge of that (with the new consumer protection laws enacted in 2008 and becoming fully enforceable by 2011) – so they could be fine but they may have Lead.
Here’s my post about sending in a dish for testing if you are interested (today is the last day for that – I am not doing this any more in 2020 because I cannot keep up with the demand – so if you are interested, you could pay today and then send in a dish any time in the next month): https://tamararubin.com/2019/08/tamara-can-i-send-you-one-of-my-dishes-to-test-for-lead/
Thank you for commenting.
Thank you so much for responding! Okay, I made a $25 contribution, and I will send you the dish as soon as possible. Thank you so much again!
Allison Powell says
I’m concerned about this pattern too — married in 2004 so it is from that time. Also bought a ton of Lenox china at an outlet clearance maybe 2008 or 2009. Was about to switch to the china since my old Corelle is bad….
Hi Allison – thank you for commenting.
I would be concerned about a 2004 version of the pattern having high levels of Lead (based on my experience testing examples from this brand.)
Here’s the “Lenox” Category on my site – there are several different posts to read there that might help you make your decision: https://tamararubin.com/category/lenox/
This post might also be helpful: https://tamararubin.com/topics/does-vintage-and-new-functional-pottery-and-dishware-have-unsafe-levels-of-lead/
And this one: https://tamararubin.com/2015/02/fine/
WHat about Lenox westmore china set?
Hi There IBH! 🙂
What year is the Lenox set that you are concerned about?
I would generally say that Lenox that is new within the past 5 years is normally Lead-free or Lead-safe. Lenox 10 or 15 years old (or older) is normally Leaded (newer patterns within that date range might also be Lead-safe/lead-free)… between 5 and 10 years could go either way… But these are all generalizations of course, based on the testing I have done to date (without always knowing the exact years of production of any given piece I am testing (because year of production is not usually marked on these items.)
I normally only know the year of production for china I test based on the year the owner was married – because the china pieces were most often received as a wedding gift!
Here is the Lenox category on the blog for you to scroll through:
Does Lenox (Brookdale pattern) contain lead and do you know how much?
I am also wondering if Lenox French Perle has lead, arsenic, etc:
I’m wondering if you have any knowledge of lead content specifically related to Lennox holiday patterns, especially the pattern Winter Greetings, manufactured prior to 2008.
I’m interested in information on the made in the USA bone china but also in the server pieces which were made overseas in China or Philippines or Indonesia.