Marriage Monograms

When the newly married couple walks back down the aisle arm and arm, they have just joined their lives together. What an awesome commitment! Over 85% of American women also make another major change in their lives after their wedding day – they change their last names, and sometimes their middle names, too!

A few years back, I was one of these women myself. I practiced my new signature over and over before the big day arrived (confession: really, this started just after he proposed). Then we bought our first home, and I had to sign and sign and initial and initial all over those endless mortgage papers. I grew to love my new initials.

Appropriately so, monograms have become a wonderful theme within the wedding niche. The monogram can serve as a visual representation of the couple’s union – the “marriage monogram,” a three letter monogram with the wife’s first name initial on the left, the husband’s on the right, and their new joint last name initial in the middle. (i.e. Emma and Scott Miller = EMS). And also, the bride’s new personal monogram becomes a visual expression of the her new life as a married woman.

Classic, contemporary, flowery, or stately, monograms in design span the gamut – monogrammed bathrobes and towels, cloth napkins and wine glasses, wall art and door mats, pillows and bedding.

And jewelry! The ancient Egyptians wore signet rings with their own version of monogramming reverse imprinted in the metal (these rings were more than just a pretty adornment, they actually served as the individual’s signature on important documents). Today, we continue to see monogrammed rings, and more recently monogrammed pendants, rings, and cufflinks have taken center stage. What a great way to gift the new bride and groom.

Your imagination is the only limit for how you can use monograms in design. What do you think? Where have you planted your initials?

Monograms: A Classic Gift Idea For The Ages

Monograms have been a popular design element for eons. Really, eons. Wikipedia reports that they first appeared around 350BC on coins.

Flowing Script Monogram Pendant,

So, what exactly is a monogram? A monogram is the combination of two or more letters or other graphic elements to form a single symbol. Uncombined letters, such as three individual letters in line, are not considered a monogram.

Through the ages, monograms were a common signature for artists and craftsman and could be quite elaborate. The intent was to have a distinctive mark that would validate the authenticity of their work. Most often, these marks integrated two or three initials of the individual’s name.

Monograms were also used to represent organizations, royalty, businesses, and geographical locations (the letters of Greek cites are what first appeared on those coins from 350BC).

Today, monograms remain as popular as ever. They’re full of tradition and wonderfully classic. Certainly one of the first types of “personalization.”  And the design possibilities are endless – from styles (antique to contemporary, classic to quirky), to products (jewelry, home decor, apparel, tattoos), to materials (precious metal, fabric, wood).

Two popular monogram niches that we’re keenly aware of are newlyweds and new parents.

Yellow Chevron Throw Pillow,

Newlyweds: For many new brides, marriage will mean a new name … and a new monogram. Gifts of monograms area a wonderful way to celebrate her new life. A monogram pendant, a scarf, a bathrobe.

Another wonderful tradition is to create a home decor piece such as a framed picture, that  holds a three-letter monogram consisting of the the bride’s first name initial, the groom’s first name initial, and their shared last name initial in the center.

New Parents:  New babies mean new names, and new monograms. Monograms are a popular design element included in many nurseries – a blanket, bedding, clothing.  And new moms looking for a more creative “Mother’s jewelry” option can wear a monogram pendant with their child’s initials.

Monograms have been in fashion for eons, and will continue to be for eons more. They’re a gift that will never go out of style.


Get Creative AND Save This Mother’s Day

Please …  no more candy, flowers, chocolates or other uninspired gifts this Mother’s Day. Haven’t your moms, grandmoms, and wives earned a bit more creativity from you?

Consider a piece of fine custom jewelry that is personalized just for them.

And consider a really nice discount to go along with that creative gift selection. Use the coupon code “mday12” at checkout and receive a 10% discount off your entire order. Order by April 24th and we guarantee free delivery by Mother’s Day.

Now, what piece to get her/them… hmmmm.  Here’s some “creative” ideas.

This simple, yet so elegant, stacking name ring with (or without) birthstone is one of our most popular pieces. Such a nice contrast to those “oh-so-fussy” name/birthstone rings.

Stacking Birthstone Name Rings

Another big favorite is our Family Spiral Birthstone pendant – for grandmoms, or moms with big families! It will hold up to 10 birthstones and can also be created as a brooch.  This piece proves that birthstone jewelry doesn’t have to be … um … er… well, let’s just say it … tacky.

Family Birthstone Pendant
Creative Mother’s Day gifts aren’t limited to just mother’s jewelry. Other pieces of personalized jewelry can be a wonderfully thoughtful gift. Our Flowing Monogram Pendant has been a very popular gift, as many lucky recipients have told us!

Flowing Monogram Pendant

A Chinese Symbol pendant is a wonderful combination of exotic and personal. Choose the character for home, family, mom, always or your own choice.

Round Chinese Symbol Pendant

We hope we’ve jump-started your creative juices for selecting a truly personal gift for the “moms” in your life.

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