What is Proposition 65 (Prop 65)

Various regulations in the state of California require the labeling of products that contain lead and other chemicals. We label our products according to the categories below to maintain compliance with Proposition 65 and the California lead-in-jewelry law.

We provide the information below for reference only; please know that you are responsible for correctly labeling the jewelry you sell.

For more information on Proposition 65, visit the California Office of Health Hazard Assessment website.

Class 1 Components

Class 1 components can be used in retail jewelry.

  • Stainless and surgical steels
  • Karat gold
  • Sterling silver
  • Platinum, palladium, iridium, ruthenium, rhodium, or osmium ("platinum group metals")
  • Natural and cultured pearls
  • Glass, ceramic, and crystal decorative components (e.g., cat's eye, cubic zirconia (sometimes called cubic zirconium, CZ), glass, rhinestones, cloisonné).
  • Any gemstone that is cut and polished for ornamental purposes except the following: aragonite, bayldonite, boleite, cerussite, crocoite, ekanite, linarite, mimetite, phosgenite, samarskite, vanadinite, and vulfenite.
  • Elastic, fabric, ribbon, rope, and string with no intentional lead and not otherwise listed as a Class 2 component.
  • Natural decorative materials (e.g., amber, bone, coral, feathers, fur, horn, leather, shell, wood) that are in their natural state or a treated in a way that does not add lead.
  • Adhesives

Class 2 Components

Class 2 components can be used in jewelry even though they may contain small amounts of lead. Allowable levels are outlined below.

  • Component: Metal substrates that are electroplated.
    Lead Content Limits: Metal alloys with less than 10 percent lead by weight ("88 metal") that are electroplated with suitable under and finish coats and that are plated utilized the best management practices described in Exhibit C. For covered products shipped by a settling defendant that is a supplier after December 31, 2008 to a third party for retail sale in California and for products sold or offered for retail sale in California by a settling defendant after August 31, 2009, this standard shall be metal alloys with less than 6 percent lead by weight ("92 metal") that are electroplated with suitable under and finish coats and that are plated utilizing the best management practices described in Exhibit C.
  • Component: Unplated metal not defined as Class 1 components
    Lead Content Limits: 1.5%
  • Component: Metal (plated and unplated) used in children's products
    Lead Content Limits: 0.06% (600 ppm)
  • Component: Plastic/Rubber (e.g., acrylic, polystyrene, plastic beads/stones, polyvinyl chloride (PVC))
    Lead Content Limits: 0.06% (600 ppm). For covered products shipped by a settling defendant that is a supplier after December 21, 2008, to a third party for retail sale in California and for products sold or offered for retail sale in California by a settling defendant after August 31, 2009, this standard shall be no more than 0.02 percent (200 ppm) lead by weight.
  • Component: Dyes and surface coatings
    Lead Content Limits: 0.06% (600 ppm)
  • Printing inks or ceramic glazes used in children's products
    Lead Content Limits: 0.06% (600 ppm)
  • Glass or crystal decorative components used in children's products
    Lead Content Limits: Total weight no more than 1.0 gram, excluding glass or crystal decorative components that contain less than 0.02 percent (200 parts per million) lead and have no intentionally added lead.

Class 3 Components

  • Class 3 components shall contain no more than 0.06% lead.
  • Class 3 components used in children's products shall contain no more than 0.02% lead.

Body Piercing Jewelry

Body-piercing jewelry shall be made of one of the following materials:

  • Surgical implant grades of stainless steel
  • Surgical implant grades of titanium
  • Niobium (Nb)
  • Solid 14-karat or higher yellow or white nickel-free gold
  • Solid platinum
  • A dense low-porosity plastic such as Tygon or PTFE with no intentionally added lead.