June 7, 2011

Personalized Jewelry Making a Comeback?

Posted in birthstones, engraving, jeweler, jewelry, jewelry design, Nameplates, rose diamonds tagged , , , , , at 4:10 pm by rosediamonds

Name jewelry, Name plate jewelry, Nameplates, Monograms, Personalized Jewelry, Initial Jewelry.  Is this trend making a comeback?There is a saying by Dale Carnegie that “A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”
Following a strong trend in the seventies, Name jewelry became very popular again the the nineties and early 2000 due in part to Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie, wearing one on Sex & the City.  Who can forget Serena Williams wearing her enormous name earrings at the US Open?  The trend on the east coast has diminished since its peak, but celebrity watchers may have noticed the trend recirculating.


My shops in Miami & Fort Lauderdale made thousands of nameplates over the years.  We have made them incorporating hearts, flowers, footballs, cartoon characters, etc.


The latest trend (spotted on Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Ritchie, Mariah Carey, Katie Holmes, & Heidi Klum) is to wear something with someone else’s name or initial.  I have noticed that the trend tends to be towards mothers and their children, but it is also an opportunity to dedicate it to someone special in your life.


Some personalized jewelry pointers:

  • Ladies traditionally wear their first name initial if they are single (since it will change with marriage)
  • Monograms traditionally are first name, last name, middle name
  • Couple’s monograms are mans first name, man’s last name, women’s first name
  • Married ladies monograms can also be first name, married last name, maiden name
  • There are alternative birthstones for months June, & October–look up both if one doesn’t suit you.
  • Nameplate lingo: single plate is  the standard flat plate & double plate is two identical nameplates separated by bars/beads for a 3D look
  • Consider pass-ability: if you have a son and engrave with a last name, it can be passed to future male members of the family without changing it
  • Use initials if you don’t want everyone at the grocery store calling you by name
My favorites?  Mariah Carey’s husband gave her two diamond & pink sapphire name necklace with her twin’s names (cost:$12,000) & Katie Holmes’ “S” for Suri disc.


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