What Is Permanent Jewelry?

Permanent jewelry is a trending jewelry style that’s loved for its chic look, symbolism, and ease of wear. Find out everything you need to know about this trending style as we go over all things permanent jewelry. 

What Is Permanent Jewelry?  

Permanent jewelry, also called zapped jewelry, is a type of custom-measured jewelry that’s designed to be worn for a long period of time. Instead of featuring a traditional clasp, permanent jewelry is measured to size, then welded together on the wearer to create a seamless loop. Permanent bracelets and necklaces are the most popular types of permanent jewelry, followed by permanent anklets and rings. 

What is Permanent Jewelry Made Of? 

gold and silver chain necklace

Permanent jewelry is typically made of a delicate chain that has been welded together into a loop. A slim chain is an ideal choice for permanent jewelry, as it’s comfortable enough for daily wear and sleep.

At Michael & Son’s, we create permanent jewelry using 14k gold and sterling silver chains. We choose to use sterling silver and solid gold chains, rather than base metal or plated options, because they are more durable options for everyday wear. 

Why Get Permanent Jewelry? 

Permanent jewelry is a popular way to celebrate a meaningful milestone, life event, or special connection. One of the top reasons people get permanent jewelry is as a type of modern day friendship bracelet. People often get permanent jewelry as a group when celebrating occasions like bachelorette parties or bridal showers. 

Permanent jewelry can also simply be a style choice. A permanent necklace or bracelet is a versatile, comfortable, and chic accessory. It’s also one that solves a common problem: clasp shifting. Because permanent pieces don’t have clasps, you never have to worry about having a clasp shift in a way you do not like. 

How Does Getting Permanent Jewelry Work? 

a woman's arm with three gold chain bracelets on it

Getting permanent jewelry is an easy three step process: you’ll make an appointment, choose your chain style, then have your jewelry zapped in place. 

Most jewelers who offer a permanent jewelry service require that you book an appointment slot in order to make sure someone is available to weld your jewelry. If you’re in Reno, you can easily book a permanent jewelry appointment at Michael & Son’s by using our online scheduler or by giving us a call

At your appointment, you’ll select your desired chain material and style. At our jewelry store, we also have add-on charm options for those who would like to further personalize their permanent jewelry. 

Once you’ve made your selection, your jewelry will be measured to create a custom fit before it’s welded in place. The actual welding process only takes a few seconds, after which you can enjoy wearing your permanent jewelry for as long as you like. 

Permanent Jewelry Price 

Every jeweler prices their permanent jewelry differently. At Michael & Son’s, we charge per inch of chain. The cost per inch varies depending on your choice of precious metal and chain style.

Michael & Son Permanent Jewelry Prices

14k Yellow Gold Chain: $20 to $35 an inch

14k White Gold Chain: $20 to $38 an inch

Sterling Silver Chain: $8 to $10 an inch 

How To Remove Permanent Jewelry 

Free Gold Necklace with Flower Pendant on Human Fingers Stock Photo

While it’s called “permanent,” it’s easy to remove permanent jewelry on your own if you need to. You can use nail clippers or a pair of scissors to cut off a permanent piece of jewelry. Then, if you’d like to wear your jewelry again, you can have it rebonded at your jeweler. At Michael & Son’s, we offer customers one free permanent jewelry chain repair and charge $10 for additional repairs. 

Permanent Jewelry in Reno, Nevada 

Ready to get zapped? Book your appointment to get permanent jewelry at Michael & Son’s. We offer permanent jewelry appointments for individuals, small groups, and private parties. 

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December 21, 2023 — David Lorenz