Jewelry Trends

What is Permanent Jewelry?

Rachel Akmakjian


Rachel Akmakjian

How the Permanent Jewelry Trend Can Take Your Love for Jewelry to the Next Level

If you have a favorite piece of jewelry that you wear almost daily, a piece with real sentimental value, one that you never want to lose, something you’ll cherish forever — well, then, the permanent jewelry trend might just be one you’ll want to jump on. 

Yes, it’s a bit of an oxymoron. We don’t really think of permanence and trends in the same sentences, but you’ll quickly see the benefits of permanent jewelry and why this is a trend that’s going to be sticking around for good, at least for those who invest in it.


What You Will Learn

What is Permanent Jewelry?

What is a permanent bracelet? A jewelry trend that’s popped up more and more in fashion publications, at jewelry stores, and on social media over the last year or two, permanent jewelry is jewelry that’s literally welded onto your body. (It sounds a little more intense than it actually is, though. No need to be squeamish.) Note: It’s also sometimes called forever jewelry or welded jewelry



Some jewelry stores sell pieces specifically as permanent jewelry, while others will turn your existing pieces into permanent jewelry. The process is simple, and typically used for bracelets versus rings, necklaces or other popular pieces (though other pieces are still an option, depending on your jewelry store!). How is permanent jewelry applied? To make a permanent bracelet, the jeweler simply welds the two sides of the bracelet together, around your wrist. The bracelet is then no longer removable.

This welding process can be applied to a wide array of bracelet styles and precious metals. Whether you prefer sterling silver, solid gold, a gold chain or anything in between, you can find a piece of permanent jewelry to match your personal style. Do note, though, you might have to search a little harder for a sterling silver piece. Most designers/jewelers use gold for their permanent pieces, as it’s more durable. 

Want a permanent bracelet with designer flair? While it’s nothing new, Cartier’s Love Bracelet is very similar to the trending permanent bracelets of the moment, in that it can only be removed with a screwdriver.

What are the Benefits of Choosing Permanent Jewelry?

So why get permanent jewelry? If you don’t already have a specific favorite piece of jewelry, you might not get this trend’s appeal. However, for those who put a lot of emotional stock into each and every piece in their jewelry collection, they’ll immediately see just why this new jewelry trend is so special — which leads us to our first benefit of choosing permanent jewelry.

Permanent jewelry is an excellent way to recognize a piece’s personal significance.

From wedding jewelry to friendship bracelets to jewelry signifying a milestone anniversary or other life occasion, some jewelry just means more. Keep it front and center with the permanent jewelry trend. Like you might buy friendship bracelets with a loved one, or even get matching tattoos with a sibling, a permanent bracelet is a similarly meaningful option that’s more permanent than your average friendship bracelet, but less painful than the tattoo. Your permanent bracelet will be a constant reminder of a special person or achievement.

You’ll never lose these forever bracelets.

If you’ve ever been heartbroken over a lost piece of jewelry, this benefit will stand out to you. No more worrying about losing a bracelet in the chaotic security line at the airport. No more searching under couch cushions and behind furniture after an impromptu nap. You’ll always know your permanent forever bracelet is always safe and sound, right where you can see it. The welding process ensures it’s not going anywhere.

Convenience, convenience, convenience

You have a busy life. If you can take one thing — no matter how small — off your plate, why wouldn’t you? If you prefer a rather minimalistic look when it comes to your jewelry, simply choose a piece of permanent jewelry at your favorite jewelry store, have it welded on and your look is sorted for the foreseeable future.


What are the Downsides to Permanent Jewelry? What to Consider Before Getting Permanent Jewelry

Of course, permanent jewelry isn’t all good and no bad. As is the case with every jewelry trend, permanent jewelry isn’t a good fit for everyone and it does come with a few downsides.

Permanent jewelry is just that — permanent.

If you frequently like to change up your look, or you’re always indecisive about which jewelry pieces you’ll wear on any given day, you might not like the very feature that makes permanent jewelry popular. Really think about whether or not you like the “permanent” part of this jewelry trend.

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Sometimes you do actually need to take your jewelry off. 

Maintaining your jewelry and keeping it in pristine condition requires a high level of care. This means not exposing your valuable pieces to harsh conditions that can damage or discolor them. The gym, the pool, the beach, the hiking trail — there are a lot of situations in life that can spell disaster for a high-end piece. 

If you’re frequently outdoors, in the pool or otherwise in conditions that most might consider unfriendly to precious stones and metals, you’ll want to do one of two things. Either avoid permanent jewelry completely or opt for a piece that’s a little less valuable and/or less delicate.

How to Take Care of and Clean your Permanent Jewelry

And on that note, it’s important to keep your permanent jewelry clean, since you’ll be wearing it every single day. While your jeweler can provide specific instructions based on the specific piece you purchase, in general, you can clean your permanent jewelry using a soft polishing cloth, a gentle dish soap and lukewarm water.

Where Can I Buy Permanent Jewelry?

Have you taken the pros and cons of permanent jewelry into consideration and decided it’s exactly the kind of jewelry investment you want to make? If so, you can buy permanent jewelry at many jewelry stores, though not all. Check with your favorite jewelry store to see if they offer this service first, then make an appointment for a fitting. You’ll find permanent jewelry available at a wide range of price points, made from a variety of precious metals and featuring a range of stones.

What can I expect when buying permanent jewelry?

When you arrive for your appointment with a jewelry store that offers permanent jewelry, you’ll typically be able to try on and sample a few selections, before making your final choice. Then, the jeweler will fit the bracelet (or other piece) to your specifications and weld it together.


Woman getting permanent jewelry necklace welded


Can you Remove Permanent Jewelry?

So let’s say you’ve purchased this permanent bracelet that you thought you would cherish forever — and now you want it gone, stat. Can you remove permanent jewelry

Luckily, permanent jewelry can be removed and you usually don’t even need the help of a jewelry store. While you might think a jeweler would essentially need to un-do the welding process, most permanent bracelets, particularly chain bracelets, can be cut with a sturdy pair of scissors and a little elbow grease.

Search hashtags around permanent jewelry on Instagram and other platforms, and you’ll see more than 70,000+ hits.



Permanent Jewelry FAQs

  • What is permanent jewelry?

Permanent jewelry is jewelry that’s literally welded together, onto your body. It’s also sometimes called forever jewelry or welded jewelry.

  • How much does it cost to get a permanent bracelet

Just as is the case with all jewelry, you’ll find permanent jewelry available at a wide range of price points, made from a variety of precious metals and featuring a range of stones.

  • Is permanent jewelry actually permanent? 

No! Most permanent jewelry can be removed at home without the help of a professional. If you have a chain bracelet, for example, you can typically cut the bracelet with a sturdy pair of scissors.

  • Why do people get permanent jewelry?

Permanent jewelry provides a semi-permanent reminder of a special occasion or person, and can never be lost or stolen. 

  • Does getting permanent jewelry hurt?

No! The welding process used for permanent jewelry should not hurt the wearer at all.

  • What kinds of permanent jewelry are available?

The most common options are permanent bracelets, necklaces, and anklets! Some jewelry stores also offer a permanent jewelry ring option, but due to the shape of a finger, these are easily removable.

  • What is the point of permanent jewelry?

It’s not for everyone, but permanent jewelry can have a strong symbolic meaning like a tattoo, or just simplify your routine by ensuring your favorite bracelet is always on!

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While permanent jewelry might alleviate a few of your fears around jewelry loss, theft and mysterious disappearance, this jewelry trend might also introduce new fears, like the fear of accidental damage that could occur when you’re wearing a piece day in and day out.

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Rachel's expertise is further enhanced by her distinction as a Graduate Gemologist from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA), equipping her with exceptional knowledge in gem identification and grading. 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.