Geely was gracious enough to give the gift of a tea set to the attendees of its press event this afternoon. I began by raising a brow at the odd selection of swag, but the excitement across the faces of the hordes and hordes of journalists was enough to lower my brows and bring a big and bright smile to my face. No, no, no. Tonight the Jalopnik team won't be chugging beers, but rather having a dainty tea party discussing current events. Thanks, Geely!
There's actually lead in most lead crystal as well, that will slowly leach into your drinks.
The thing is that it doesn't really matter if you're not a small child, since non-organic lead is only noticably toxic in insane doses, so you could drink out of lead crystal all you want (and I've used lead crystal for many years myself) without any real problems. Just don't store anything in lead crystal, or lead glazed stuff and you'll be fine.
And I'm a med student whose done his lead poisoning studying, so I'm not just pulling this out of my butt. Organic lead is a LOT more problematic, since your body much more easily uptakes it (thus letting it poison you), this includes the kind of lead that was in gasoline (tetraethyl).
Unless you want to avoid all crystalware, fine china, and even stoneware forever, I'd suggest that you get over it. There's poison in styrofoam cups and those styrofoam takeout containers too (styrene).
But seriously, this is pretty cool swag-I'd love a dope tea set, and it's not dainty at all, I think it's pretty classy (although most likely it cost them like $5 in bulk in China, but still).