Jewelry can bring together any outfit.
However, not everyone wants to deal with the hassle of their hair getting wrapped around their earring or the annoying slip and slide game a bracelet tends to do, often falling off and getting lost in the process.
Most people tend to opt for fake and inexpensive jewelry for the sake of saving a few bucks, but what if we told you there was an up and coming, low-maintenance form of jewelry that’s easy on the eyes and pockets?
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the newest accessory trend known as permanent jewelry!
These welded chains are simple yet revolutionary for those looking for a permanent, go-to accessory to complete any look. A growing number of jewelry stores are specializing in the craft of installing these elegant bracelets and rings. The jewelry is carefully measured and expertly welded to ensure it cannot be easily detached by a clasp, creating a custom, snug fit around its wearer.
While it certainly sounds like a game changer, permanent jewelry has it’s pros and cons. Companies that have contributed to the trend’s takeoff such as Catbird and The Spark Collection as well as a professional dermatologist have been open about answering any questions the general public has had.
Is It Really Permanent?
Yes and no. It all depends on what type of metal you pick, the fit you want at the time of installation, and if you decide that permanent is too long to wear the same bracelet. As of right now, 14k gold is the go to choice because of it’s ability to wistand normal wear and tear that comes from everyday activities like showering.
“Just keep in mind that gold is a soft metal and will relax over time,” Kelsey Knott and Abby Stewart, creators of The Spark Collection shared. “So, it’s important to nail the fit from the jump and anticipate a couple centimeters of wiggle room.”
Thankfully, stores that practice this trend are willing to work with their customers by offering one free reattachment with each purchase.
Is It Safe?
Yes! Although, you do want to make sure you seek out a reputable place for the installation. It’s a simple procedure, but it does require in-person training to learn how to properly weld the jewelry. The phrase “Get Zapped” or “Zapping” is used to describe the procedure, as bursts of brilliant light illuminate the room while the welder installs the permanent jewelry.
“Zapping refers to the flash of light you see when it’s welded, but it’s completely painless!” Chief Creative Officer Leigh Batnick Plessner stated. “And though we love the idea of the bracelet representing permanence and commemorating moments, it is indeed easy to snipp off with a pair of scissors, and you can always re-weld it on for a small fee in the future.”
Is It Worth It?
In terms of cost, quality permanent jewelry can range reach prices of over $100 for a standard bracelet, not to include additional fees charged for the installation. Rings tend to start off in the lower $50 range. Necklaces can be the priciest piece of permanent jewelry that can sometimes reach prices well over $200 dollars.
For someone who likes to switch things up, permanent jewelry may not be a sound choice for you. It’s not easy to remove, so cutting it off will prove to be a waste of your time.
Jewelry made from cheaper materials are also more likely to trigger bothersome skin reactions. Dermatologist Heather D. Rogers, M.D., F.A.A.D., states, “Those with skin sensitivities should avoid permanent jewelry or, at the very least, consider getting a patch tested by an allergist.”
There’s also the possibility of having to remove it when going through airport security or during an MRI scan. Some stores are more than willing to reattach permanent jewelry for a relatively low fee, but it can definitely add up compared to having traditional accessories that can be easily removed and replaced.
When all said and done, the worth of permanent jewelry shall rest upon the discretion of the individual in question. Do you lose jewelry easily? Then this might be a life changing solution! Do you fidget often and like to change up your accessories everyday? Then permanent jewelry may not be that great of a choice. This isn’t like a tattoo that’s forever going to be with you. It may be called permanent jewelry, but it’s not forever. We say take the precautions mentioned if you are going to try it. Most importantly, have fun!