Published: July 5, 2022 – Tuesday
My youngest son bought this at a local antique store for 75 cents, hoping it was “real solid gold” (Kids!)… no such luck [BUT it did have almost one percent gold in the plating]! Needless to say, he will not be allowed to add this to the collection of buttons, brooches and pins on his “button jacket” (at nearly 10% Lead, this is going into my “museum of Lead” collection, instead.) To see more costume jewelry I have tested, click here.
Reading on the front of the pin
- Lead (Pb): 96,000 +/- 1,400 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): 1,399 +/- 131 ppm
- Tin (Sn): 90,200 +/- 800 ppm
- Mercury (Hg): non-detect
- Selenium (Se): 285 +/- 149 ppm
- Barium (Ba): non-detect
- Chromium (Cr): non-detect
- Antimony (Sb): 3,200 +/- 188 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 393,500 +/- 2,100 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 404,800 +/- 2,000 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 502 +/- 227 ppm
- Gold (Au): 9,514 +/- 644 ppm
- Bismuth (Bi): 618 +/- 314 ppm
- No other metals detected in consumer goods mode.
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Tamara Rubin is a multiple-Federal-award-winning independent advocate for consumer goods safety and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children. Tamara’s sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in August of 2005. 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 (specifically heavy metals), including Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Antimony, and Arsenic. All test results reported on this website are science-based, accurate, and replicable. Items (and separate components) are each tested multiple times, to confirm the test results for each component tested and reported on. Please click through to this link to learn more about the testing methodology used for the test results discussed and reported on this website.