10 Good Jewelry Reads Even a Kid Would Like

I spent the weekend hanging out with my nephew Jack, age 5; Katie, age 3, and Madeline, age 1.

Jack suggested I quit my job and live with them permanently—mainly so he can use my iPhone to play Angry Birds whenever he wants. But I told him my readers—all three of you—would miss me.

In honor of their boundless energy and expert ability to torture my brother and sister-in-law, I rounded up 10 jewelry stories from the JCKonline.com archives that cater to a younger crowd.

Why Kids Are Better Adults Than Adults

The story of 12-year-old entrepreneur Gabrielle Jordan Williams—who founded her own jewelry company when she was only 9 years old—is one I hope all of my nieces and nephews look to for proof that they can do big things at a young age.… The California teen jeweler who runs her own non-profit business also would be a good source of motivation.… Jewelers for Children celebrated its 4th Annual Facets of Hope event in Las Vegas this past June. The event serves as a reminder that not all kids have it easy growing up.… A Seattle jeweler who helps African orphans also knows a thing or two about lending a helping hand to the kids that need it most.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Jewelers

Ever wondered how many jewelers offer jewels designed specifically for children, from newborns to 17 year olds? According to a survey in the September 2002 issue of JCK, 85 percent. “Starter pearls” or “add-a-pearl” necklace were the biggest sellers.… For jewelers looking to delve into that market, here are 21 tips from 1966 on how they can attract more teenage business.… And in case you were wondering, here is the best selling teenage jewelry during that year.

Say No to Lead, and Yes to Dora the Explorer

Okay, so reading about the dangers of lead in children’s jewelry may not be as exciting as watching Dora the Explorer, but it’s informative nonetheless.… In 2007, JCK reported that Chinese-made lead-tainted children’s jewelry was still sold in the United States.… This past July, California cracked down on lead-filled jewelry.

Since that was kind of a bummer, here’s some Dora the Explorer bling I’ll now have to buy my nieces.