Move over stringy friendship bracelets, because right now it’s all about the permanent bracelet that kinda last forever if you want it to. Confused? Here’s what’s it all about!
It’s time for another installment of Trendy AF and this time around we’re covering the hype around the Forever Permanent Bracelet, including how you can even order one online yourself. It’s not totally DIY, but it’ll get your halfway there. Ready to dive in?
Permanent bracelets are now part of the permanent jewelry trend that’s been blowing up recently on TikTok, you know, whee all trends begin! The forever bracelet hashtag groups have officially received more than 2 billion video views. Yep, I said billion!
From a high-level, permanent forever bracelets are just want they sound like (sort of). You choose a light-weight thin bracelet that’s the size of your wrist (it’ll fit a bit snug) and then it’s welded together with the welding machine at your jeweler. There’s no clasp so – you guessed it – there isn’t really a way to remove it until you have it removed once and for all.
If you’re a bit freaked as I was by the welding process, don’t sweat it – it’s doesn’t hurt a bit and doesn’t really come in contact with your skin. Overall, the process should only take around 10 minutes, which isn’t too bad at all.
So many people are going the way of the forever bracelet basically as a Best Friend Bracelet 2.0. And, even more so, many are using these as mother-daughter gifts, additions to a wedding ceremony, the new “promise ring” or sorts and just about anything else you can imagine.
The good news is that there are typically so many different styles to choose from – overall. The tough part is that you really have to book an appointment with your local jeweler or store who’s taking part in this latest trend. Sadly, it may not be in your own backyard depending on where in the country you live.
One of the most popular stores that specializes in this and has been written about the most is Catbird in Brooklyn, New York (go figure). In fact, the folks at Catbird claim they’re now booking up to 100 new appointments to “get zazpped” (what they call their welding process) per day!
If you don’t live in or around NYC, there is a bit of a silver lining. You can actually purchase a bunch of different forever bracelets on their site. Some are already ready to ship – all you have to do it choose your wrist size. Keep in mind, these will come with the clasp – but once you find your jeweler or local store who also specializes in this you can just bring it there to have them weld it together. As this trend continues to grow, we expect to see more and more stores start popping up all over the place (hello Pandora!).
So are you ready to take the plunge and make the commitment? Overall, we really like this trend. It’s fun, feels personal, helps us with our commitment issues, and helps seal a bond with close family, friends, or partners you’re doing this with. So when it comes to that and the trend, we say do it!
However, if there isn’t a store or jeweler near you that does this – we don’t love the idea of ordering one online and then hunting down a business that can weld this together for you. Of course, never try to do that yourself!
If you’re looking to give this a go, check out our picks for some of the best permanent forever bracelets (so far) in 2023.
EDITOR’S TOP PICK
1. The “Sweet Nothing” Forever Bracelet
This is currently one of their most popular 14k gold permanent bracelets. You can even add a diamond charm for a bit extra. Choose from a variety of sizes and additional styles if this one isn’t your thing.
2. The Tinsel Bracelet in Yellow Gold
If you’re looking for a bracelet that can capture a bit of the sunshine and make it shimmer like tinsel itself, check this yellow gold option out in a variety of different sizes.
3. The Hundred Summers Bracelet
A bit on the pricer side, this one makes an excellent holiday gift, wedding idea – you name it. It’s ultra fine so fits great and you’ll barely even remember you’re wearing it.
4. The Diamond Fizz Sparkler
One of our personal faves, this chic and sleek bracelet comes with the sparkly recycled diamond. It’s shiny, sparkles in the sun, and adds an upscale personal touch whether you’re buying this one for yourself or that someone special.