June 14, 2024

Permanent Jewelry: The Trend That’s Redefining Lasting Style and Sentiment


Is it just me, or is permanent jewelry becoming more popular? The concept isn’t new, but within the past two months, I’ve gotten four permanent bracelets at various events and have become fascinated by them. At Tarte Cosmetics’ holiday soirée, there was a station with Love Weld where you could choose a dainty chain to get welded onto your wrist.

What makes permanent jewelry special is its permanence. This is a big deal, especially for overthinkers like me. The first time I considered getting one was at the Astrid & Miyu store opening in the West Village, New York. To celebrate, they had a station to get a dainty chain bracelet, and I contemplated whether to get it with a clasp or welded on.

While in line, I had concerns: Would the bracelet last through workouts? How about showers? Is it safe for the skin? Would it be too clunky for typing on a computer keyboard? I didn’t know much about permanent jewelry then, so I opted for the clasp. To test it out, I wore the clasp bracelet as if it were a permanent one, never taking it off, to see how it felt.

Overall, the bracelet held up during my daily activities and didn’t bother me at all. It’s something I didn’t know I needed, and it brings me joy to see it every day. From there, I was all in for the clasp-free style and ended up getting three more. My most recent one is from Catbird, the first brand to create permanent bracelets in 2017 and coined the term “zapped” to describe the welding process.

Is a Permanent Bracelet Right for You?

If you’re not quite ready for the commitment, try a clasp bracelet first to see how it feels. Here are some styles with convenient clasps that you can shop for:

  1. Love Weld
  2. Catbird
  3. Astrid & Miyu

If you love it, consider visiting the brand’s store to have it professionally welded. This little experiment helped me get used to wearing dainty bracelets daily, and now I feel incomplete without them!

What Does Permanent Jewelry Cost?

Just like any other jewelry, prices vary depending on the material and brand. Here are some average costs:

  • Love Weld: Between $100 to $1,880
  • Catbird: Between $98 to $348
  • Astrid & Miyu: Between $100 to $220

What Makes Permanent Jewelry Special?

Jewelry often carries sentimental value, and permanent jewelry takes this to a deeper level since it’s a piece you generally wouldn’t take off. Like a tattoo, you can get a matching piece with a significant other, a family member, or as a gift to yourself. Setting an intention for your jewelry can make it even more special.

Sarah Sides, CEO and founder of Love Weld emphasizes celebrating connections and bonds through her brand. Her stores offer a cozy, welcoming atmosphere where you can shop and socialize.

How It Works: Permanent Jewelry

  1. Visit the Store: The process requires a professional-grade welder and makes for a unique gift idea if you go with someone.
  2. Pick Charms: Some brands, like Catbird, offer charms to personalize your bracelet.
  3. Measure for the Right Size: A comfortable fit is key. You’ll want it neither too tight nor too loose.
  4. Time to Weld: The welding process takes about 10 to 15 minutes and involves a spark to seal the bracelet.

How Long Does Permanent Jewelry Last?

Permanent jewelry is meant to last indefinitely, but it might come off unexpectedly due to daily wear and tear. If it does, you can usually take it back to the store for rewelding.

Can You Remove Permanent Jewelry?

Yes, you can remove it with a pair of scissors by cutting the welded jump ring. You can have it welded again at the store for a small fee.

Is Permanent Jewelry Safe?

From my experience, yes. The welding process uses heat, but your wrist is protected by a piece of leather. For everyday wear, the bracelets are comfortable and light. However, some people might have skin sensitivities.

Dr. Deanne Mraz, a board-certified dermatologist, advises checking for potential metal allergies and ensuring the jewelry fits comfortably. For example, 14-karat gold is durable and less likely to cause reactions, but if you’re unsure, consult a dermatologist.

When You Can (and Cannot) Wear Permanent Jewelry

  • Shower: Fine, but avoid if the jewelry is plated.
  • Pregnancy: Not recommended due to skin sensitivity and swelling.
  • Surgery: Discuss with your surgeon; removal might be necessary.
  • X-Ray: Generally fine.
  • MRI: Should be removed.

Overall Thoughts

After several months of wearing permanent bracelets, I can say I’d feel naked without them. They’re hassle-free and layer well with other styles. Plus, you won’t lose them since they’re always on you.

The Sentimental Value of Jewelry

Jewelry is more than just wearable art; it can symbolize important messages and memories. Sarah Sides of Love Weld designed her initial jewelry assortment with her sisters’ diverse personalities in mind, creating pieces that appeal to a wide range of people. The emotional connection to her jewelry is evident in the lasting impact it has on those who wear it.

Permanent jewelry offers a unique and meaningful way to carry your stories and connections with you, adding a touch of personal sentiment to your everyday life.

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