Jewelry Trends

How long does permanent jewelry last?

Rachel Akmakjian

Author

If you’ve been intrigued by the permanent jewelry trend, but you’re a little hesitant to commit to such a permanent accessory, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about permanent jewelry and whether or not it truly is permanent. 

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What You Will Learn

What is the Permanent Jewelry Trend?

If you’re not familiar with the permanent jewelry trend, or if you’ve seen permanent jewelry and basically thought why get permanent jewelry at all, here’s what you need to know about why permanent jewelry is a trend and whether or not it’s right for you.

  • Permanent jewelry is welded jewelry that a jeweler at a jewelry store welds in place
  • Permanent jewelry is often used to commemorate a special event or milestone, or to acknowledge a special relationship 
  • Permanent jewelry comes in a variety of styles, whether you prefer rose gold, solid gold or sterling silver 
  • Despite the name, permanent jewelry isn’t really all that permanent, so it’s likely not the years-long commitment you might think it is

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Is permanent jewelry worth it for you? If you think it might be, you can visit one of the jewelry stores that offer permanent bracelets and similar pieces. Peruse their collections of forever bracelets and other welded jewelry and see what catches your eye.

How is Permanent Jewelry Applied?

So how do they do permanent jewelry

Once you’ve picked out the forever bracelet or other piece that you want to go with, the jeweler will use a special welding process to attach the two sides of the jewelry around your wrist or wherever you’re wearing the piece. With permanent bracelets, for example, it’s just like clasping a normal bracelet, but rather than using a normal jewelry clasp, the jeweler will weld the two sides together. The bracelet will still fit and feel the same, you just can’t take it off. Until you remove the piece, you’ll never need to worry about how to put on permanent jewelry again. 

To recap how to apply permanent jewelry:

  • Find a jewelry store that offers permanent jewelry
  • Pick out a favorite piece, whether you want a yellow gold chain or a sweet dainty chain that matches a friend’s, or anything in between (there are a lot of options!)
  • Allow the jeweler to use the welding process to apply the piece
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How Long Does Permanent Jewelry Last?

Once you get permanent jewelry, it is going to last longer than your average piece, because you can’t take it off. You’ll never lose it and it will become part of your daily wardrobe (the good thing is, most permanent bracelets and similar pieces are minimalistic — think a sweet dainty chain or friendship bracelets — so they go with almost everything in your closet). 

However, just because “permanent” is in the name, that doesn’t mean that permanent jewelry truly lasts forever. Instead, permanent jewelry really only lasts as long as you want it to. While you can’t easily remove the jewelry, it is possible. 

In other words, you can enjoy the sentiment of permanent jewelry without being married to a piece of jewelry for life.

 

How is Permanent Jewelry Applied

 

Can Permanent Jewelry Be Removed? How to Remove Permanent Jewelry

Maybe you’ve already bought a permanent bracelet or maybe you’re just planning for the future. Whatever the case may be, if you need to remove permanent jewelry, you can!

Permanent jewelry can be easily removed with a pair of sturdy scissors or clippers. Because the jewelry typically features a delicate chain, if you apply enough pressure (especially around the jump ring), you should be able to snap the piece in half. 

Of course, if you do this, you won’t be able to wear the piece again, so you should think carefully before removing your permanent jewelry (the exception to this is if you purchased the piece from a jewelry store that offers permanent jewelry repair, which some do).  

This is all great to know, because, if you find yourself wondering how to take off permanent jewelry, there could be a few, very valid reasons why, like if…

  • You no longer want to recognize the relationship or milestone that the piece signifies
  • Your style has changed and this is no longer a piece you’re going to cherish forever
  • You need to remove the piece for a medical procedure, like an MRI or surgery
  • You need to remove the piece for sports activities 
  • Your day-to-day activities have damaged the piece in some way

First Permanent Bracelet FAQs

Have more questions before you buy your first permanent bracelet or other piece of permanent jewelry? Let’s see if we can answer them.

  • Is permanent jewelry safe? 

Yes, permanent jewelry is very safe. Just make sure that, if you do have any sensitivities or allergies to certain metals or materials, you discuss that with your jeweler ahead of time, and avoid any pieces that may pose a problem.

  • Does permanent jewelry hurt? 

No, the welding process does not hurt at all. You won’t even feel it. 

  • What do you need for permanent jewelry?

All you’ll need is to find a jewelry store near you that offers permanent jewelry!

 

Until You Do Want to Remove Your Permanent Piece, Protect It

If you’re buying a piece of jewelry that’s as sentimental and special as a permanent bracelet or similar piece, you’ll want to protect it (and not just rely on your renters or homeowners insurance!). BriteCo offers affordable jewelry insurance that will give you comprehensive coverage and peace of mind. Contact us today to learn more about our coverage, or use our convenient online tool to get a quote for your insurance plan in minutes. 

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Rachel Akmakjian is Director of Jeweler Relations for BriteCo. She has more than eight years’ experience in jewelry marketing, retail, diamond wholesale, and managing her own company that specializes in creating custom jewelry pieces. Rachel is currently a student at the Gemological Institute of America, on track to receive her Graduate Gemology certificate by the end of this year. Her education and experiences have given her an in-depth understanding of the demands and expectations facing jewelers and customers in today’s evolving retail marketplace.
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