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Influencers are pushing the permanent welding of bracelets in the viral trend

Brace yourself.

Weld-on bracelets and other forms of permanent jewelry are being touted as a growing, glamorous alternative to tattoos and piercings — not to mention a really cute way to commemorate friendships.

Style influencer Jaclyn Forbes recently showed viewers how she and her best friend designed matching bracelets by Canadian jewelry designer Leah Alexander.

“I’ve got a bracelet permanently welded to my wrist again,” says Forbes over a TikTok Monday shared. “Now it’s two. Let me show you the process because I know it sounds kind of crazy.”

The trend is apparently growing among highly respected fashionistas on TikTok – including Forbes, Victoria Jameson and Vienna Skye – where the hashtags #permanentjewelry and #permanentbracelet together have 160 million views.

Jaclyn Forbes has a bracelet put on
Style influencer Jaclyn Forbes gets a bracelet customized.
Courtesy of @jaclynforbes

The range of necklaces available at Toronto’s Sparks Studio — along with several other independent designers offering a similar service — are usually dainty but casual enough for everyday wear and are great for stacking, like Forbes demonstrated on her second trip to have bracelets welded onto her wrist.

The video shows Forbes and a friend selecting chains and then having them adjusted to the perfect length.

“I’m pretty meticulous about fit,” added Forbes, whose videos of her permanent pieces have attracted millions of viewers. A jewelry welder then peeks through “magnifying glasses” while using a handle “microlaser” that zaps [each end] together.”

Coils of gold bracelet chain
The spools of gold chains at Mettle Gals in Dallas, Texas.
Courtesy of @victoria

“It doesn’t hurt,” she reassures skeptical viewers. “You don’t feel it. It’s not zapping your actual skin.”

However, her caption suggests the trend is polarizing among followers: “You’ll either love it or hate it: A PERMANENT BRACELET!!?”

People in the comments certainly came up with the tough questions, one of which asked, “How do you undress them?”

“You don’t have to,” one viewer concluded, while another suggested “wire cutters.”

Others pointed out the many scenarios in which one might be forced to break one’s bijou.

The chain is attached with a hand tool that "zaps" the ends of the bracelet together.
The chain is attached using a hand tool that zips the ends of the bracelet together.
Courtesy of @jaclynforbes

“Wait, what do you do when you exercise,” asked a curious commenter.

Others had medical concerns, asking “what happens if you have surgery” and “what happens if you ever have to have an MRI or an X-ray where you can’t have metal?”.

Meanwhile, someone reportedly preparing for a career in healthcare remarked, “I’m in med school and you can’t wear wristbands in the operating room :(“

The committed look isn’t necessarily for everyone, but for those concerned about breakage, Spark Studio and others offer repairs – for a fee.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/29/influencers-push-permanent-bracelet-welding-in-viral-trend/ Influencers are pushing the permanent welding of bracelets in the viral trend

DUSTIN JONES

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