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What Is Permanent Jewelry?

For some, jewelry is more than an accessory. It symbolizes a connection to a person, a lovely memory, and a legacy. While there are many jewelry pieces that suit different occasions, there is one piece of jewelry that we never want to take it off, whether it’s a gifted bracelet or our wedding ring. For that reason, a new type of jewelry has emerged– permanent jewelry. But what is permanent jewelry, and is this new trend safe? We will explain its meaning, pros and cons.

What Is Permanent Jewelry

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What Is Permanent Jewelry?

Permanent jewelry refers to any type of jewelry that can be worn indefinitely. Therefore, permanent jewelry, usually a bracelet or a necklace, is welded together instead of secured with a clasp. Permanent bracelets are also called flash jewelry, fused, or infinity jewelry. There are other forms of permanent jewelry, and these include:

Piercings and body jewelry

This is the most common type of permanent jewelry. It involves nose rings, belly button rings, earrings, and body piercings. These jewelry pieces are inserted through holes in the body, like the nostril or earlobe, and can stay there indefinitely. They are usually made from stainless steel, titanium, or gold, which are hypoallergenic and durable materials.

Piercings and body jewelry

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Permanent tattoo jewelry

Permanent tattoo jewelry is another popular form of permanent jewelry. Unlike traditional tattooing, where ink is permanently engraved into the skin, tattoo jewelry uses metallic or collared pigments to create a shining and jewelry-like effect. These designs are created using a specialized tattoo machine, which mimics the appearance of jewelry, like necklaces or bracelets.

Permanent tattoo jewelry

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Implantable jewelry

Implantable jewelry involves inserting small decorative objects under the skin. These objects, usually made from biocompatible materials like titanium or silicone, range from small metals or gemstones to more complex designs. Implantable jewelry is placed mostly on chests or hands, offering an eye-catching look.

Implantable jewelry

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What Are the Advantages of Permanent Jewelry?

Permanent jewelry has several advantages. These include:

Long-lasting

Unlike temporary jewelry, which you may need to remove even several times a day, permanent jewelry’s purpose is to be worn forever (however, you can remove it with a pair of scissors). This can save you the cost of regularly buying new jewelry pieces or wasting time deciding what to wear, removing, and putting jewelry on.

Self-expression and style

Whoever decides to wear permanent jewelry will definitely express uniqueness and a personal style. These jewelry pieces make you show your personal preference. These jewelry pieces are eye-catching and brave choices, whether it is a nose piercing, a tattoo, or implanted studs.

Requires minimal maintenance

Permanent jewelry, like welded bracelets or necklaces, requires minimal maintenance compared to traditional jewelry pieces. This type of jewelry does not require constant cleaning and polishing. That is why permanent jewelry is ideal for people with busy schedules.

What Are the Disadvantages of Permanent Jewelry?

Although permanent jewelry offers many advantages, there are several disadvantages, too. We’ll go through those we consider most important.

Some pieces might not be safe

Using low-quality or dirty materials can lead to allergic reactions or infections. If you choose to wear permanent jewelry, make sure you go to a reputable jewelry maker. Permanent jewelry should be made from hypoallergenic metals to prevent the risk of allergies. After all, the plan is to wear the piece forever.

Some jewelry might not be comfortable for sleeping

Pieces with sharp edges may irritate or feel uncomfortable while sleeping. An example of this is lip piercings. That is why you should familiarize yourself with comfortable jewelry pieces and instructions for sleeping with permanent jewelry.

Concerns About Permanent Jewelry

Taking off bracelets or necklaces

If you are concerned about taking off permanent bracelets or necklaces, remember that some types of permanent jewelry, like implanted studs, are not made to be easily removed at home. So, you need to see a professional to help you.

On the other hand, you can take off a welded bracelet or necklace by cutting it with a pair of scissors. Just keep in mind to cut it at the point where they were welded. If you want to wear them again, you need to go to a jewelry store to weld them again.

Workplace restrictions

Some job positions may have dress codes or policies excluding tattoos or visible body jewelry. This may limit your job opportunities or cause discomfort if you need to cover them.

Moreover, if you work with machines of a certain kind, your bracelets might get stuck. So, before deciding to wear permanent jewelry, consider what kind of jewelry is most suitable for you.

Concerns About Permanent Jewelry

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Conclusion

Today’s dynamics call for practical solutions; this involves jewelry, too. So, what is permanent jewelry? The answer is short and clear. Permanent jewelry is any form of jewelry that can be worn indefinitely. This includes welded bracelets and necklaces, but also piercings, tattoos, body, and implanted jewelry.

What is the point of permanent jewelry? People who have dynamic lifestyles and do not want to change jewelry often or people who want to express themselves through body art decide to wear permanent jewelry.

Bear in mind that this jewelry has pros and cons, and some pieces are unsuitable for every workplace.

Jesús  is the founder and designer of JewelryLab. He is the Head of Design and also oversees production, quality control, and precious metal sourcing.

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