What Is Permanent Jewelry? Everything to Know Before You Make the Commitment

From the significance of a forever bracelet to how to take it off, these are the answers to your FAQ.

Before purchasing earrings or a fancy pendant necklace, we often consider how often we'll wear them. Is this an everyday kind of thing? Or just for special occasions? It's an easy way to figure out whether or not the price tag makes sense, and in the case of permanent jewelry, the answer is easy: these accessories are here to stay and are versatile enough to wear with every outfit.

What is permanent jewelry?

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What is permanent jewelry, you ask? Well, in short, it means that the piece is welded together or linked right onto your body, with no clasp or tie for easy removal. You're meant to keep this item — usually a bracelet, anklet, or necklace — on 24/7 and never take it off. The jewelry isn't as permanent as, say, a tattoo, but you'll definitely need a pair of scissors or other tools if you change your mind and want it gone.

If you're thinking about getting permanent jewelry, here's everything you need to know before you go.

What is the point of permanent jewelry?

This is up for interpretation. For starters, permanent jewelry has become a trend of sorts, and all over TikTok, you'll find videos of influencers getting forever bracelets. Permanent jewelry is genderless and there's also that convenience factor to consider; you won't have to remember to put your jewelry on every day since it's already welded onto your arm!

On a deeper level, permanent jewelry can be a sign of commitment. You might get matching permanent bracelets with your BFF as a symbol of your friendship, or with your significant other to express your love, similar to a promise ring or wedding band.

How is permanent jewelry done?

Unfortunately, getting permanent jewelry is a bit of a process. Usually, you need to book an appointment — either at a local jeweler or at a specific store that sells them, such as Catbird — so that your wrist can be measured. This is to ensure the chain is the perfect length and won't slide off easily. Then, the jewelry is welded right onto your arm, which means that high heat is used to melt it together and close the loop.

Cartier's Love Bracelet is also a form of permanent jewelry. The piece comes with a screwdriver that is used close it, and according to the brand's site, you will need help putting it on and taking it off.

Does getting permanent jewelry hurt?

There is a bit of confusion around permanent jewelry and pain, especially since brands such as Catbird call the welding process "zapping" (which does sound like it stings). However, there is no pain involved and it's a fairly quick process.

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How long do permanent bracelets take to put on?

Once your wrist is measured, the process of welding permanent jewelry takes a few minutes. However, many stores do warn customers that there may be some waiting time ahead of their appointment or if they are a walk-in.

Does permanent jewelry tarnish?

Most places that sell permanent jewelry use 14k gold for these pieces, since it's a quality material that generally doesn't irritate the skin. While slightly more expensive than other metals, it also ensures your bracelet or necklace will last longer and still look good over time.

How much do permanent bracelets usually cost?

Pricing for permanent bracelets varies and depends on the material, the thickness of the chain, and the little extras and charms (such as diamonds) that you can add to the piece. At Catbird, a simple bracelet with a thin chain costs $98 while a thicker design from Love Weld costs $400.

Cartier's Love Bracelet costs upwards of $4,450.

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Does permanent jewelry have to be a bracelet?

Although some stores note that they only sell bracelets, brands such as Love Weld also make permanent anklets, rings, and necklaces.

Can you take permanent jewelry off?

If you do want to remove your permanent jewelry, all you'll need are some sharp scissors to cut it off. In some cases, however, the metal can get stretched out, which may cause the chain to break before you're ready to say goodbye. Some brands will offer to reattach or replace your permanent jewelry for a small fee, but if the piece cannot be salvaged, you'll have to buy a new one.

Where can you buy permanent jewelry?

Popular places to buy permanent jewelry are Catbird, Love Weld, LINK X LOU, Astrid & Miyu, and Atelier VM, although your local jeweler may also offer this option.

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