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All About Initial Necklaces

Monogram jewelry, also called initial jewelry, has been around for many centuries, seen hanging from the necks of royalties such as Anne Boelyn back in the 1500’s and as recently as your very stylish coworker who is always wearing the latest trend. There’s a reason these pieces of jewelry are such a hot ticket item as far back as we can tell, everyone something special that is customized to them. From mugs to bathrobes, shirts to towels the list goes one of items to customize. Even big fashion designers such as Coco Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton understand perfectly the beauty that monograms embody, which is why they incorporated it into their multi-million dollar brands.

Although we see these pieces with the high end brands, it doesn’t make them any less accessible for us though, initial jewelry is very common in all shapes and forms. Celebrities to everyday people, confidently rock their initial necklaces and bracelets with other personalized pieces. Rather than wearing a full name necklace, most people prefer the initial necklace because it breeds a little mystery and curiosity– it makes people want to guess the full name behind the initials. Plus, it takes up less real estate around your neck, leaving room to layer is with a few other fun pieces (might we suggest a choker?)

Origin Of Initial Necklaces

You may be thinking, what or who is responsible for this piece of genius, which has become a global trend? Turns out, like most fun and exciting jewelry we can trace it back to Greek and Roman rulers who were the original inventors and users of the initial necklace and other initial jewelry. The idea was taken from the initials they used to put on coins.

During the medieval ages, local artisans and craftsmen marked their pieces with unique initials. These initials made it easy to identification who made what and avoid confusion. Initials are everywhere, from flags to badges and kingdom symbols. In the past, initials were a common sight on items like mirrors, lockets, and silverware, too. So anywhere you could mark your name, for the sake of clarification, style, or status, people have done it.

 

Are Initial Necklaces In Style?   

As we’ve said, personalized jewelry is nothing new. However, personalized pieces such as monogram necklaces to single initial rings, or pendants are in high demand as of late. With all the different trends in jewelry, there is something very classic about the initial necklace that makes them timeless.

Whether you choose to go with a single letter or the collection of letters that make your initials, you can create something very unique and beautiful. You can even choose a combination of letters that may not be your initials, but be unique to someone or something you love, which makes it an even more special to wear around your neck.

 Tips On How To Wear Initial Necklaces

  1. Keep it simple: Don’t over think it – if a letter (or a combination of letters) means something special to you, it’s worth wearing around your neck.
  2. Display love: You can show love to the ones you care about by wearing their initials close to your heart. That’s one of the things that make this pendant special. It can also serve as a memorable gift to people you love, especially during their special moments.
  3. Personalized combination: It is easy to combine your initial with that of your significant other together to create something unique.
  4. Layering initials:  If keeping it simple isn’t really your thing (believe me, we get it) might we suggest combining your initial necklace with your other favorite piece. A choker goes so well with these, as it’s simple and slightly shorter. However, pairing it with another similar length necklace can create fun dimension as well.

No matter what style you choose to buy, it’s hard to stop falling in love with the beauty of initial jewelry. Initial jewelry is trendy and timeless and would make a great option whether you are buying it as a gift or for yourself. 

 

Whose Initials Should You Engrave on a Necklace?

While there’s no hard and fast rules for what to put on your necklace, there are a few common options to choose from that make the piece even more meaningful.

Personal Initials
Personal initials are the most common types of initial necklaces you can find today. It may seem like an obvious choice, but when you put your own initials on the necklace it is similar to how someone may put a monogram on a necklace or clothing – this is a classic and timeless option.
Initials of a Loved Ones
Another option, which feels obvious but is common for a reason – the initials of a partner. Or a combination of your initials and theirs. This is a simple and sweet way to wear a reminder of them around your neck and close to your heart.
Initials of Role Model
If you’re looking for a unique and fun option, you can go for putting someone you don’t know – but may mean a lot to you – around your neck. Take for instance someone such as Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who was not only a role model to many but has classic initials that would make for a great gift to the RBG fan in your life.  
Kids and Family Names
It is not uncommon to find people with the initials of their family name on their initial necklaces. Similar to putting the name of your partner on your neck, this is an easy way to carry your loved ones with you all day. You can combine your initials with theirs or simply wear theirs. A great gift for a mom in your life is a necklace with all her children’s initials on it.  

What are the best Initial Necklaces for 2021?  

There are a lot of cool initial necklaces to choose from to make your 2021 memorable. If you are looking for a way to stand out and be different, the Grace Toggle Necklace from Brook and York can be a good starting point for you.

The Luna Necklace is also another fan favorite of initial necklaces to select from. It provides you with the opportunity to select your initials from the letters of the alphabet. It makes it easy to combine your initials while providing an elegant look.