Consumers warned against counterfeit jewellery

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Imitation jewellery may contain harmful levels of poisonous nickel

Counterfeit jewellery seized in London has been revealed as containing harmful levels of nickel, with police warning consumers not to buy the cheaper imitation designs.

Over £2m worth of counterfeit jewellery was seized in Battersea, London including copies of jewellery by Dior, Bulgari, Tiffany and Links of Londo. Imitation Rolex and Mont Blanc watches were also found. It’s believe the jewellery was sold at local markets and car boot sales. Tests showed it contained high levels of nickel which can cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and in rare cases, death.

Wandsworth council’s consumer protection spokeswoman, Councillor Sarah McDermott, said: ‘We are advising people who may have recently purchased cut-price designer jewellery or cufflinks to be aware that it could pose a health risk. If you think you may have bought some of these items at a car boot sale or a street market for example, then it is extremely important that you look out for any of the symptoms associated with nickel poisoning."
 

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