We are very proud to stock the stylish CHEWIGEM™ range of jewellery, designed to look amazing whilst discreetly serving the need to chew.
Many children and adults who have sensory issues find chewing a way of remaining calm. These lovely pieces of jewellery discreetly serve that need, and are up-to-the-moment designs that also look great.
Reasons to LOVE CHEWIGEM™....
Non toxic and therefore safe to chew
Hard wearing and tough
Stylish, discreet and available in a wide range of shapes and colours
Although not indestructible, more reassuring than chewing on unsuitable items that may contain toxins,
be damaging to teeth or are expensive, such as school uniforms and books.
Washable in a steriliser, top rack of the dishwasher or just hot soapy water.
Not made of hard beads, reducing any risk of wear and damage of the teeth
Priced in line with most high street necklaces despite the high quality of the materials
CHEWIGEM ™ is a family run business
How long will the necklace last?
unfortunately this is almost impossible to answer. We would hope if your child is mild- moderate in their chewing you will get anything from 4-12 weeks from it. But we have seen some people destroy them in a few days and other last 8 or 9 months. It will depend on the pendant you choose, and how that works with your childs particular chewing style. Do they chew all day? A few hours a day? Only at anxious events? So all of those factors effect how long they last. As a 30+ something adult, with a full set of teeth, we cannot break them, but kids with a chewing need often have extremely powerful jaws. ++Please note++ CHEWIGEM® is NOT suitable for children under 36 months , due to long cord, strangulation risk.
The jewellery is hard wearing, but will tear, break and dent in time.They are all made of exactly the same silicone, but each design seems to vary in its likelihood to become damaged. It will depend on the aggression and style of the chewer. Our customers tell us that their children all have a favourite and one which works out to be more robust for that child, but there appears to be no rhyme nor reason to this. For example one child may destroy a disc in a few days, but the dog tags will last months, while another child may find the opposite. We have also found that chewigems help regulate the need to chew. Some even choose to have 2 chews. One softer more sensory and springy pendant for when they are calm, and a second tougher pendant for times of great anxiety and stress where chewing increases.
Once damaged, the necklace should be discarded and replaced. The breakaway clasp and cord are NOT for chewing and are purely to hold the necklace in place, if you think your child will chew the clasp then this product is not suitable and you would be better with a bangle. We strongly recommend not to pull on the cord HARD whilst the pendant is being chewed as this puts force on the stringing hole which is the weakest point of the necklace and could cause it to break.
Is it wrong to "encourage" children to chew?
CHEWIGEM® will no doubt split opinion, just like babies' dummies. Some parents will be happy with this concept, safe in the knowledge their child is chewing something that cannot harm them whereas others will disagree strongly. We are not here to say which is right or wrong, that is for you to decide. The feedback we have had confirms there is a definite need for this product.
Is it safe?
Yes. The silicone we use meets the same standards as any product which is suitable for chewing, as it is non toxic. But due to the fact this market will cause damage to these items, it is to be remembered that this product should be used with Adult supervision.
Where are they made?
All our pieces are designed in bonny Scotland and made in China. Whilst every effort was made to support a UK factory, products could be made ethically for less, which meant better pricing for the customer. But MOST importantly safety testing showed they met the same standards, The chosen factory meets strong ethics surrounding human rights and quality standards. We have a firm quality control agreement in place with the factory and it not only meets our standards, but often exceeds them.
Our commitment to safety
We know when it comes to our children, safety is so very important. As such we have secured the CE mark against the required Toy standards for the bangles. This is probably a bit extreme ,as they are not toys but this seemed the most robust test. We have also carried out toxicity and bite tests on all our products. Chewigem only use silicone which is approved and suitable for baby teethers. It is a food safe, medical grade silicone and is free from all the harmful chemical properties that meet this standard.