Published: January 7, 2020
Introduction (for those new to this website):
Tamara Rubin is an independent advocate for consumer goods safety. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children. She began testing consumer goods for toxicants in 2009 and was the parent-advocate responsible for finding Lead in the popular fidget spinner toys in 2017. Tamara uses XRF testing (a scientific method used by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test consumer goods for toxicants, including Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and Arsenic.
When tested with an XRF instrument, the Paparazzi brand pair of silver-colored dangly earrings (with faux stones) pictured here had the following readings:
Metal dangling components:
- Barium (Ba): 1,341 +/- 292 ppm
- Antimony (Sb): 2,985 +/- 180 ppm
- Bromine (Br): 3,224 +/- 191 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 308,800 +/- 13,000 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 207 +/- 66 ppm
- Bismuth (Bi): 191 +/- 103 ppm
Main metal backing of earring:
- Zinc (Zn): 420,800 +/- 2,800 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 569,700 +/- 3,000 ppm
- Sliver (Ag): 8,025 +/- 346 ppm
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[I expect this is some kind of manufactured stone (resin?)]
- Arsenic (As): 54 +/- 3 ppm
- Chromium (Cr): 44 +/- 25 ppm
- Selenium (Se): 513 +/- 15 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 12,500 +/- 200 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 13,500 +/- 200 ppm
- Bismuth (Bi): 40 +/- 6 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 547 +/- 131 ppm
As with the other Paparazzi piece that I posted earlier (link here) these earrings are also Lead-Free and Nickel-Free. But while the Paparazzi ring I posted has super high levels of Cadmium (a known carcinogen) these have other toxic heavy metals, specifically trace levels of Arsenic and a relatively high level of Antimony – a heavy metal known to cause cancer in rats (but one that has not had enough human impact studies done to be officially labeled as human carcinogen – likely the result of lobbying by the International Antimony Association!)
So this supports my concern for this brand, and my recommendation (from my earlier post) that you may want to set your Paparazzi jewelry aside (in a plastic baggie) until further testing has been done to determine which pieces may be toxic and which pieces may be safe.
Some additional reading that may be of interest:
- To see more costume jewelry I have tested, click here.
- To see my recommendations for choosing safer jewelry, click here.
- To see more rings I have tested, click here.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!
Thank you for reading and for sharing my work!
A screenshot from the Paparazzi website (12/25/2019):