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Monogram Guidelines

What is a monogram?

A monogram is a motif, a form of design with two or more letters using a person’s initials. Usually, it is made up of three letters, the variation of the first, last and middle name - the initials or letters are interwoven or are combined in a decorative design to act as a logo or identification of a person’s possession. Aside from the traditional method, we are going to share with you a range of creative ideas and monogram rules that you may use to create your own monogram.

These tips may prove extremely useful in choosing out a gift for a friend or loved one - especially since monograms have recently become a big jewelry trend - you can now have a custom piece made specifically for that person, it doesn’t get much more personal and thoughtful than that.

Monogram Guidlines

Where does the monogram originate from?

In older times, monograms were used by artists and craftsmen as signatures to mark their works, from paintings, sculptures, furniture to jewelry. Monograms were also used as royal signatures. Monograms were further adapted by wealthy families and used as a symbol or emblem of their distinguished family to identify their belongings that include but are not limited to weaponry, linens and cutlery.

Nowadays, monograms are popularly used in weddings. Marrying couples create a monogram of their initials to be used on wedding invitations, wedding stationeries and other details of the wedding. In addition, monogrammed jewelry has become a big fashion trend and people worldwide are purchasing items such as the monogram necklace, bracelets and rings.

Monogram Etiquette

Have you been wondering how do monogram initials work? Now we are going to talk you through monogram etiquette so you can understand how the monogram system works.

  • The traditional monogram of a single female is in this order:
    First Name Initial - Last Name Initial - Middle Name Initial
    E.g. ‘Sage Abigail Collins’ would be:


  • While for single males, monogram initials follow a left to right approach which is:
    First Name Initial – Middle Name Initial - Last Name Initial
    E.g. ‘James Carl Kennedy’ would be:


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The initials can all be capitals with the center letter being larger than the outer two. However, often the first and last initials displayed would be small case letters with the centered initial being a capital.

Two Letter Initials

If you don’t have a middle name or choose to exclude it from your monogram then you may choose only two letters. The position of the letters is arranged from left to right. Usually both letters are capitalized unless requested otherwise.

  • First name – Last name
    E.g. ‘Richard Kent’ would be:


Married Women

For married women who like to have their maiden and married name monogrammed - for example Abigail Collins Smith, with Collins being her maiden name and Smith her married last name - traditionally, her monogrammed initials will be arranged as follows:

  • First name initial - Married last name initial - Maiden name initial
    The center letter is larger than the two letters on either side.


Married Couples

For married couples who wish to have a monogram of their names together, for example: Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey and Abigail Smith. The monogram would be arranged traditionally as follows:

  • First name initial of the bride - Their last name initial - The groom’s first name initial
    The center letter is larger than the two letters on either side.


However, there are some couples who prefer to place the male’s name initial first and the woman’s name initial on the right hand side. So for the case of Abigail and Geoffrey Smith, it will be monogrammed as:

  • The groom’s first name initial - Their last name initial - First name initial of the bride
    The center letter is larger than the two letters on either side.


Last Name Prefixes

For people who have last name prefixes but is still considered a one word last name like McDonald, McNamara, O’Keefe, the first letter of the last name should still be considered. For example, Sean David McDonald, will be written as:

  • Left hand side - Middle - Right hand side
    The center letter is larger than the two letters on either side.


Monogram Guideline Summary

Traditionally, there were simple rules used in monogramming. Here’s a summary of the traditional monogramming formats:

Traditional Monogramming Guidelines:

  • Women:first LAST middle
    Sage Abigail Collins: sCa

  • Married Women:first LAST maiden
    Sage Collins Kennedy: sKc

  • Men:first-MIDDLE-last or first-LAST-middle
    James Carl Kennedy: jCk or jKc

  • Married Couples:bride LAST groom
    Sage and James Kennedy: sKj
Monogram Letter Necklace

Some customers may ask which font or style will work best so here’s our two cents. For women or for weddings, interlocking scripts really work best. For men though the normal straight block letters seem to be more popular while it is also okay to have the middle letter larger in size. Having these monogram etiquette rules or guidelines are really helpful but at the end of the day, it is a matter of preference.

While these guidelines exist, you don’t have to strictly follow them. Whether you’re single, getting married or married, hopefully these guidelines can help you on the arrangement of your initials.

Amazing monogram jewelry items

Monogram Necklace

Classic Monogram Necklace

With its fancy yet bold monogram letters, this monogram necklace reminds you of the origin of monogram jewelry. The classic style lets you create an exquisite statement without trying too hard. Moreover, the necklace comes in different finishes making it ideal for every dressing style and occasion.

Block Letters Cut Out Monogram Necklace

This fantastic block letters cutout monogram necklace is a stylish and personalized accessory that will captivate. Crafted with precision and attention to detail, this necklace features a bold and modern monogram design with block letters, making a statement that reflects your individuality.

Block Letters Cut Out Monogram Necklace
Classic Monogram Bracelet

Classic Monogram Bracelet

The bracelet is the perfect blend of elegance and personalization, making it a must-have accessory for all jewelry lovers. Besides that, a monogram pendant not only looks good as a necklace but also as a bracelet. Buy it for yourself or a family member; the classic gold monogram jewelry item is a cherishable token of love that would remind the wearer of essential things in life,

Infinity Monogram Necklace

Infinity is the ultimate sign of love and never-ending commitment to someone. Now, you can add your favorite monogram to the infinity pendant. Choose the initials you love most and add them to your sterling silver monogram jewelry. Moreover, the pendant is available in 4 different settings, including 14k gold and rose gold giving the monogram necklace elegance and exquisiteness. Place your order today and enjoy!

Infinity Monogram Necklace

Buying guide for monogrammed jewelry

Choosing a monogram jewelry item can be daunting; therefore, one must be careful about their selection. Here are some factors that you need to know about buying monogram jewelry:

Select the correct type of jewelry:

You must decide the type of jewelry you want to own. There are many options for monogram jewelry, such as bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces, and even cufflinks. Each jewelry monogram represents a different personality attribute; therefore, choose wisely.

Select the finish:

The plating of your monogram jewelry item is also very important. Usually, the monogram pieces look excellent on premium finishes like rose gold, platinum, and 24k gold due to their higher aesthetic value. However, if you don’t have the budget for a high-end finish, choose Sterling Silver, which looks good and adds the proper bling to your monogram jewelry.

Consider Size and Placement:

Check the size of the monogram and its placement on the jewelry piece. Make sure it fits your style and doesn't overpower the accessory.

Return and Exchange Policies:

Review the return and exchange policies to ensure you can return or exchange the jewelry.


Set a budget and stick to it while exploring the best monogram jewelry. Monogram jewelry comes in various price ranges, so you can find something that suits your budget. The Budget management will also help you find the best piece within an affordable range.

Frequently asked questions

Can I customize the design and font of the monogram?

At Onecklace, you have the freedom to customize the design and font of your monogram. We understand the importance of creating a truly unique and personalized piece of jewelry that reflects your individuality and style. When you select a monogram necklace, bracelet, ring, or any other piece from their collection, you can choose the font style, size, and placement of the initials or monogram.

Where can I buy monogram jewelry?

Discover the allure of exquisite monogram jewelry at Onecklace! Our stunning collection features personalized necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings, all intricately designed to add a touch of elegance to your style. Customize each piece to reflect your unique taste and individuality, whether treating yourself or looking for a thoughtful gift. If you are looking for decent monogram jewelry near me options, give us a go; you will be amazed.

Can I create matching monogram sets for my family or friends?

Yes, we offer the option to create matching monogram sets, allowing you to customize pieces for your family or friends. It's a lovely way to celebrate shared connections and special occasions together.

Types of monogram jewelry:

Monogram jewelry comes in various styles and designs, each offering a unique and personalized touch. Here are some popular types of monogram jewelry:

  • Monogram Necklaces: These necklaces feature a pendant with initials or a monogram created from the wearer's first, last, and middle name initials. Depending on individual preferences, they can be simple, understated, elaborate, or ornate.
  • Monogram Bracelets: Monogram bracelets showcase initials or a monogram on a chain or bracelet band. They can be cuffs, bangles, or charm bracelets, offering a stylish way to personalize your wristwear.
  • Monogram Rings: Monogram rings are rings with initials or a monogram engraved on the band or featured as a prominent design element. They add a personal touch to your fingers and can be customized in various metals and styles.
  • Monogram Earrings: These earrings feature initials or monograms such as studs, dangles, or bold earrings, allowing you to add a personalized touch to your ear accessories.
  • Monogram Anklets: Monogram anklets are a unique and stylish way to showcase your initials on your ankle, adding a personalized flair to your summer or beach look.
  • Monogram Watches: Monogram watches have initials or monograms engraved on the watch face or the strap, allowing you to create a personalized timepiece that is both functional and stylish.
  • Monogram Pendants: Monogram pendants are versatile and can be worn as necklaces, attached to charm bracelets, or used as a focal point in various jewelry pieces.
  • Monogram Brooches: These brooches feature initials or a monogram as a decorative element, adding a personal touch to jackets, scarves, or lapels.
  • Monogram Cufflinks: Monogram cufflinks are a classic choice for men, featuring initials or monograms on the cufflink's face, offering a personalized touch to formal attire.
  • Monogram Hair Accessories: Monogram hair clips or pins can add a touch of elegance and personalization to hairstyles, making them a stylish addition to any look.

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