Initial Pendants

Written by Serena Berger
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It's hard to say who started the current popular trend of initial pendants. It may have been when Madonna gave Britney Spears a "B" pendant and Madonna wore an "M" pendant after their infamous VMA kiss. The trend in name plates may have seen a resurgence thanks to Carrie from "Sex and the City." Regardless of how it started, both initial pendants and name plates are popular fashion accessories, so don't be surprised if your teenage daughter insists that you get her one.

Different Styles of Initial Pendants

Several styles of each type are available. Initial pendants are available in a number of fonts. You will find cursive letters as well as block type letters in a number of designs. They may be made from gold or sterling silver, and may be encrusted with diamonds or cubic zirconias, depending on how important sparkle and expense are to the person buying the piece and the person wearing it.

Another twist on initial pendants is to have a name or initials engraved on a plate. For example, someone who defines his or her identity by being from a particular state might get a pendant in the shape of that state and have an initial engraved on it. Two people who are seeing each other may want to get matching pendants with each other's names engraved on them and exchange them. (This is definitely a better idea than getting a tattoo!)

Like initial pendants, nameplates are available in a number of designs as well. While the typeface is one factor, you will also need to decide if you simply want a gold nameplate or one with jewels. If you decide that you want a nameplate with jewels on it, you can choose to have the entire name outlined with them or simply the first letter.

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