California's new cadmium in children's jewelry law (California Health and Safety Code section 25214.2), takes effect on Jan. 1, 2012. It will prohibit the manufacturing, shipping, and sale of children's jewelry or any of the jewelry's components containing more than 0.03 percent (300 ppm) of cadmium as determined by a total weight test. California defines children as 6 and under.
The new restrictions on cadmium apply to small and large manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers in California, including people who make and sell their own jewelry, tattoo and body piercing shops, vending machines, etc., according to California's Department of Toxic Substances Control. Any person who is not in compliance with the law may be subject to fines of up to $2,500 per day for each violation.