Followup: #ToxicJewellery

Followup by CBC Marketplace into toxic levels of Cadmium in children's jewellery has prompted a response by the Canadian government. This response takes the form of legislation that limits the amount of Cadmium in jewellery targeted towards minors at 130 milligrams per kilogram - which essentially means they cannot add any additional Cadmium to fashion jewellery during …

1000-year-old Viking toolbox found in Denmark

Although the wooden chest housing this incredible find is almost non-existent, the 14 tools uncovered at the ring-shaped fortress in Borgring, Denmark are a remarkable find. Previous tool finds have been attributed to religious offerings to the Gods, as they were placed in swamps, with minimal tool usage. Archaeologist Nanna Holm, a curator at the …

Would you like a septum tusk from kangaroo-bone?

It appears that some of our earliest ancestors may have taken a shine to kangaroo-bone for their personal adornment. The recently uncovered 13cm-long bone is believed to have been for personal adornment rather than a tool due to comparison between other, similar artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Red ochre colouring, scrape marks, and …

Goldsmith, Silversmith, Metalsmith… What’s the difference?!

  I introduce myself as a goldsmith or metalsmith mostly because when I say “I make jewellery” as an introduction, people’s eyes automatically glaze over and they think  “oh, she uses Fimo clay, bead stringing or wire wrapping, whatever” and respond “Ya? My daughter makes jewellery too, she’s 8 years old! Isn’t she so talented?” …

#ToxicJewellery: Would you wear it, if you knew?

Young girl admiring costumer jewelry in Canada

Recently CBC Marketplace took to your favourite retailers and tested the jewellery accessible to children (under the age of 15) to check the levels of cadmium. Full article here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/cadmium-jewelry-ardene-aldo-1.3404036?__vfz=tc%3D7Q20JW8UeNs Watch the video here: http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2015-2016/toxic-jewelry Please take note of the items you wear on your body, where they come from, and what they’re made of. …

The Association of Professional Piercers’ Official Response on the UK Categorization of “Piercing” as “Female Genital Mutilation.”

safepiercing: The Association of Professional Piercers does not consider elective female genital piercing to be mutilation or “Female Genital Mutilation” (“FGM”). We support the right for all adults to pierce their bodies in a safe, informed, and consensual manner when performed by a qualified practitioner under appropriate asepsis. We are urging UK government officials to …