Happy [Chinese] New Year!

Get ready to ring in another new year! On February 10th the Chinese New Year arrives!

The Chinese zodiac (Shēngxiào ( 生肖)) is based on a twelve year birth cycle with 12 animals each representing one year in the cycle: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. 2013 rings in the Year of the Snake.

Each person is considered to have the characteristics of the animal they were born under.  What “animal” are you? (Lynn and I are Rooster and Dog)

This article provides a great explanation of each of the Chinese Zodiac animals and their traits: Chinese Astrology Animal Characteristics. (Don’t take it too personal.)

Rat 1900 1912 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008
Ox 1901 1913 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009
Tiger 1902 1914 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010
Rabbit 1903 1915 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011
Dragon 1904 1916 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012
Snake 1905 1917 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013
Horse 1906 1918 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014
Goat 1907 1919 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015
Monkey 1908 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016
Rooster 1909 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017
Dog 1910 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018
Pig 1911 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019

Sorella creates Chinese Zodiac pendants that carry your birth animal in two choices – a graphic image or the Chinese Character. (Check out all of our Horoscope and Zodiac pendants here and here.)

Chinese Zodiac Dragon Pendant

Chinese Zodiac Horse Pendant


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?

Monogram Format

We love monograms. They’re so wonderfully traditional and classic, and still so trendy. In a past post we talked about the origins of monograms. Today we thought we’d share a bit about “proper” monogram format and for that you need to head to the American South, where monograms are practically a religion.

We turned to the ladies of Southern Weddings Magazine and Emma J Designs (an exquisite graphic and fine paper designer based in Savannah, Georgia) who have created and presented a wonderfully helpful visual presentation of the correct formal monogram format …. and these ladies know of what they speak.

Check out their Monogram Etiquette “Cheat Sheet”

Now, we love proper etiquette and formal presentation … but we also have a bit of the rebel in us and celebrate individuality. We love working with customers to create their own particular monograms, whatever the origins. So, embrace the formal format or create a format totally your own. There are no rules at Sorella Jewelry Studio.

Check out our entire Monogram Jewelry Collection or start from scratch with a custom creation.

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