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Long Term wear vs. Short Term wear

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

When it comes to jewelry, the terms "long-term wear" and "short-term wear" generally refer to the durability, comfort, and care requirements of different pieces. This isn't a universally standardized categorization, but here are some common differences between the two:

  • Material Durability: Long-term wear jewelry is typically made from high-quality, durable materials such as Implant grade Titanium, 14kt or 18kt solid gold, platinum, or glass, and might contain gemstones that resist scratching. To ensure safety and prevent skin reactions, these materials should be cadmium and nickel-free, adhering to the guidelines outlined in ASTM F2999 (Standard Specification for Basic Inspection and Testing of Adult Ornaments) and ASTM F2923 (Standard Specification for Consumer Product Safety for Children’s Jewelry). This level of material quality and safety can withstand daily use over many years and prevent corrosion. Manufacturers that follow this standard can be verified at

Short-term wear pieces, on the other hand, may be made of less durable materials like plated metals, plastic, or wood. These pieces may not follow the same safety standards, causing a greater risk of corrosion, tarnishing, or skin reactions with frequent wear. Moreover, due to their construction, they may deteriorate or become damaged more easily.


  • Care Requirements: Jewelry designed for long-term wear generally requires more maintenance to keep it in good condition, including regular cleaning and occasional professional servicing. Short-term wear jewelry usually requires less upkeep, but may not last as long if not properly cared for.

  • Design and Comfort for Daily Activities: Long-term jewelry is typically designed with practical daily life in mind, in addition to having a timeless, classic aesthetic. This means that the pieces are not only durable but also comfortable enough to be worn while sleeping, showering, working, and other daily activities. The design usually avoids sharp edges or bulky elements that might catch on clothing or be uncomfortable when sleeping or moving (like butterfly backs). On the other hand, short-term wear jewelry is often more focused on making a fashion statement. These pieces might follow more transient trends and may be more ornate or bold, which can make them less practical or comfortable for constant wear, potentially being unsuitable for sleeping, showering, or vigorous activities.

  • Cost: Due to the quality of materials and craftsmanship involved, long-term wear jewelry often comes with a higher price tag. Short-term wear jewelry is usually less expensive due to the use of cheaper materials and mass-production techniques.

  • Emotional Value: Long-term wear jewelry often holds a significant sentimental value. They are the pieces that get passed down through generations. Short-term jewelry pieces, while they can also hold emotional significance, are typically less connected to significant life events or milestones.

At Lemonade Piercing, our focus is exclusively on long-term wear jewelry. We believe that jewelry is more than just an accessory, it's a personal statement that should be cherished and worn with pride for years to come. We understand the importance of quality, durability, and comfort, which is why we insist on meticulous attention to detail and superior craftsmanship in every piece we offer.

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