Jewelry Testing

If you’re planning to produce or import fine or costume jewelry in the United States, there are many regulations to be aware of before going to market. For jewelry manufacturers, making sure that your products are free of toxic chemicals like lead or cadmium does not only keep your consumers safe, it keeps you in compliance with local and federal regulations.

ACT LAB can help you with all of your testing needs to make sure that your jewelry products are up to industry standard and meet compliance requirements.

In this article we will discuss what you need to test for based on the types of products your company is producing or importing and what area you plan to sell in.


Restricted Substances

It is very common for certain materials used to make jewelry to contain the chemicals below, so testing is crucial. Depending on the type of jewelry you are making and the locality you are selling in, testing may be mandatory.

Types of substances that manufacturers should test for and/or warn consumers of include the following:

  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Nickel
  • Phthalates
  • Mercury

Testing Services


  • Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), Section 101 – Children’s Products Containing Lead

  • CPSC-CH-E1004-11 – Determining Cadmium Extractability from Children’s Metal Jewelry

  • ASTM F2617 – Standard Test Method for Identification and Quantification of Chromium, Bromine, Cadmium, Mercury, and Lead in Polymeric Material Using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry
  • CPSC-CH-C1001-09.3 – Standard Operating Procedure for Determination of Phthalates

  • CPSC-CH-E1003 – Determining Lead (Pb) in Paint and Other Similar Surface Coatings

State Laws

Certain states have their own regulations when it comes to the testing of chemicals in jewelry. States including Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Washington all have their own testing requirements in regard to children’s jewelry.

California has some of the strictest laws pertaining to chemicals in jewelry. CA Prop 65 restricts more than 800 chemicals and heavy metals in jewelry and prohibits distributors from selling products that contain metals over a certain level without a warning level.

Children’s Jewelry Products

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) includes the requirement of third-party testing for children’s jewelry products in the US. All children’s jewelry products must be compliant with lead testing requirements and must have a Children’s Product Certificate.

Jewelry Products in the EU

Quality Control

Testing the safety and viability of your products can go beyond chemical testing. At ACT LAB we also offer comprehensive quality control testing to ensure the durability of your materials and how well they will hold up in certain conditions. Contact us to find out more about the spectrum of our testing.

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ACT-LAB is an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory that conducts consumer product safety and compliance testing for an active world. We can help ensure that your products both meet industry standards and are inspected to ensure the utmost quality.

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