Why we cannot market our amber products as baby amber teething anklets and amber teething necklaces anymore
For many years amber products have been sold throughout the world with the recommendation to use under supervision.
In the absence of a directive to classify and test amber products, they have been classed and tested as toys. As ‘toys’ they contain small parts.
According to EU Toy safety regulations EN-71-1 necklaces are not suitable to use as toys for children under 36 months.
Our necklaces are not toys, please do not allow your children to play with or chew on them. Our children’s jewellery must be worn under adult supervision.
Under a European wide investigation into amber teething products some jurisdictions have changed the labelling requirements to “use over 36 months only”.
This is because of its composition of small parts and is not because of any question over the amber itself. In the absence of a comprehensive EU dedicated directive on this and with the new recommendations from the National Consumer Agency for amber necklaces (27/03/2013)
For use on children over 36 months only.
What is EN71:1
As there is no test for amber jewellery, the closest trading standards could find was a test for toys.
The amber was tested to destruction by dropping a 1kg weight on it (it shattered as it is a resin) It was pulled apart and broken and it was also put into a small container.
The tests simulated chewing, swallowing the necklace and pulling by a baby.
As it consists of small parts that had shattered it was deemed unsuitable for babies as chewing it could cause it to shatter and be inhaled which presents a choking and inhalation risk.
When you see the red circle warning with 0-3 on toys that is what it means.
Any company calling these amber teething anklets or necklaces in their advertising or if they use babies are actually in breach and are not UK regulated. Beware.
We have passed the EN71:3-2013 test for chemicals and nasties.
All our amber and gemstones are genuine.