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What Is Permanent Jewelry? Everything You Need to Know

on Feb 17, 2023 9:11 AM
Photo of permanent bracelet on wrist

Jewelry has been an integral part of human culture for thousands of years. From ancient Egypt to modern times, people have used jewelry to adorn themselves, communicate social status, and express personal style. And while jewelry can come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, one type of jewelry that has gained popularity in recent years is permanent jewelry.


What is Permanent Jewelry?

Jewelry lovers from coast to coast are marking special occasions and milestones with the purchase of what is known as permanent jewelry—usually a permanent bracelet. But what is permanent jewelry—and how does it work? Simply put, it’s jewelry that stays on forever—so for example, with a permanent gold bracelet, there is no clasp to take the jewel off because it’s been soldered to your wrist in a continuous loop.  

Similar to body piercings and tattoos, permanent jewelry is a form of self-expression and can be used as a vehicle for storytelling. It can also be a tangible way to symbolize the strongest of bonds between friends, family members or lovers. Permanent jewelry can also be the ultimate group bonding experience as part of a graduation, milestone birthday, bachelorette party, Mother’s Day, or “Galentine’s Day” celebration. 
Today, permanent jewelry has gained tremendous popularity thanks to social media. On TikTok, it’s common to see fashion influencers promoting permanent jewelry—the whole experience is perfect for capturing on video. As such, jewelry stores and shoppers alike have caught on to the trend, and now even more jewelers are offering it. Plus, permanent jewelry is less of a commitment than a tattoo, not as time-consuming, and completely painless. 


Types of Permanent Jewelry

Also referred to as “bound” or “zapped” jewelry, the most popular type of permanent jewelry is a 14k gold chain bracelet, which can come in a variety of links. It’s possible, too, to get permanent anklets, earrings, and necklaces but they are not as common. Most ear piercings are considered permanent (and there are many different types of ear piercings from which to choose—some may require specific cleaning products and maintenance). 


Where to Get Permanent Jewelry

Chances are your local jeweler or one within driving distance is offering the service (often it’s by appointment or promoted as a shopping event to attend with friends). To ensure the quality of the permanent bracelet chain and its proper assembly on your wrist, you should only entrust the zapping task to a jewelry store professional. In an effort to capitalize on the trend, some hair and nail salons and other establishments are starting to offer permanent bracelets but usually the zapper is using amateur equipment and lacks the expertise necessary to ensure a secure—and lasting—fit. 


How Does It Work?

The jeweler will have different chain styles available, including some that are set with gemstones or come with the option of adding a charm. Typically, the price for permanent 14k gold chain options range from $25 to $50 per inch, depending on your unique measurements and desired fit. 

After measuring your wrist to determine the perfect length, the jeweler uses professional grade to solder both ends of the bracelet together. Sparks fly. People love it. 

Sterling silver chains are not offered as permanent jewelry. They easily tarnish, especially when exposed to body sweat and certain chemicals like chlorine. 


Can You Remove Permanent Jewelry?

If at any time you have a change of heart and wish to have the permanent jewelry removed, you can easily cut a delicate chain with scissors. You may also visit your jeweler to have them remove it and maybe trade the gold in for some cash or to select another style.  


Why Get Permanent Jewelry?

Some good reasons to get into the permanent jewelry trend: You’re constantly misplacing your favorite bracelet, fear the delicate gold chain bracelet you inherited from your grandmother will slip off, or have a really small or really large wrist, making a custom-fit bracelet extra appealing. Or maybe you’re someone who just loves the novelty—and symbolism—of a precious object that is yours to wear for eternity, never to be removed.

Those who have tried the permanent jewelry trend love that it’s convenient and low maintenance. Since it’s permanently affixed, you don’t have to worry about taking the piece off and putting it on later. And the security of not having to worry about the bracelet breaking or falling off is priceless. Keep in mind that you’ll need to remove your permanent bracelet if you’re getting an MRI scan or an X-Ray, but you may be able to get your bracelet re-welded for a small fee. Don’t worry about going through airport security—delicate jewelry rarely (if ever) needs to be removed.

If you decide to explore the permanent jewelry trend, don’t forget to get your jewelry insured by a reputable jewelry company like Jewelers Mutual. Obtaining personal jewelry insurance through Jewelers Mutual is an affordable option and covers loss, damage and mysterious disappearances. You can receive a jewelry insurance quote in just 30 seconds by clicking the button below. No personal information is required. 



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