Etiquette for Your Monogrammed Jewelry
Monogramming gives your jewelry a special and traditional detail, but is there really such a thing as monogramming etiquette? Definitely! But what basis does this etiquette have?
Many things are involved behind monogramming etiquette, but it is mostly about which initial should come first, sizes of the letters, whether the couple is heterosexual or same-sex, and so on. Are the possibilities confusing? They’re not that difficult, but you do need a good grasp of monogramming from then till now.
Monogramming is actually the world’s first form of identification, with monograms going back to the Greek and Roman eras. It has served many purposes – as a signature for royals and artists, as a form of currency in the barter system, as a sign 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, we know that they are usually ornate, and that’s what makes monogramming a popular option for gift-giving.
Conventionally, one-letter monograms represent the last name. That’s the rule for both men and single women. Today, most single-letter monograms for unmarried women feature the first letter of their 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.
If you see a monogram whose letters are of the same size, such letters are expected to be the first of the person’s first, middle and last name in that exact order. Also, this setup is for unmarried men and unmarried women.
Big Surname Letter in the Middle
For single men and women, he first letters of their first, last and middle names should be used in that exact sequence. And the surname must be the centered and largest font.
There are two concepts in terms of married couples. One, based on the “ladies first” tradition, the first initial of the bride should be positioned on the surname initial’s left, and the the first initial of the groom should be set on the right. Historically speaking, this style is often used on linens.
A more modern setup is the groom’s first initial coming before the bride’s, to follow the tradition of Mr. & Mrs. While popular on glasses and tableware back then, this is very common in jewelry nowadays. For married women, the woman traditionally uses the initial of her maiden name as her middle initial in a three-letter monogram. Alternatively, she can use the initials of her first name, middle name and married name. Finally, for gay couples, the initials of both their names will be taken together and used as the surname.