Etiquette for Your Monogrammed Jewelry
Monogrammed jewelry comes with a very personal and traditional detail, but is it true that there’s etiquette involved? Sure thing! But what is this etiquette based on?
There are many things involved in monogramming etiquette, but mostly, it is about what letter sizes are appropriate, which initial should come ahead of the other, whether the couple is same-sex or heterosexual, and so on and so forth. Are the possibilities confusing? They’re not really that hard at all, but you do have to brush up on your monogramming knowledge.
Monogramming is actually the world’s earliest form of identification, going back well into the times of the Greeks and Romans. It has served so many purposes in history, from being a form of barter currency to being an indication of social status and more. Probably the most apparent role of monograms these days is the identification of properties, from linens to yes, jewelry. Of course, given their ornate nature, monogramming has also because very popular for gift-giving.
One-letter monograms are traditionally based on the surname. That holds for both men and single women. These days, an unmarried woman would have a single-letter monogram featuring the first letter of her first name
The monograms used these days are mainly traditional Victorian, which includes three letters. How these should be arranged depends on marital status a well as letters’ sizes in the monogram.
A monogram made up of same-size letters should feature the first letters of the monogram owner’s first, middle and last names, in that particular order. Also, this setup is for unmarried men and unmarried women.
Big Surname Letter at the Center
Single men and women must use the first letters of their first, last and middle names in that particular sequence. And the surname must be the centered and largest font.
There are two concepts in terms of married couples. One, in the “ladies first” tradition, is that the bride’s first initial has to be on the left of the surname initial, while the groom’s first initial is placed on the right. Historically, this style is commonly used in linens.
Years later, this arrangement evolved into the groom’s first initial coming first, followed by the bride’s first initial – as in Mr. & Mrs. Although used on tableware and glasses before, this is now commonly used on jewelry. In a three-letter monogram of a married woman, the tradition is to use the initial of her maiden name as her middle initial. Or she can use the initials of her first name, married name and middle name. Finally, when it comes to same-sex partners, the initials of both their names will be used as their surname.