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Traditional Monogramming Guidelines:

Monogram for Women

The traditional monogram of a single female uses initials in this order: First Name Initial - Last Name Initial - Middle Name Initial, while for single males, monogram initials follow a left to right approach which is First Name Initial – Middle Name Initial and Last Name Initial.

For example, the name Sage Abigail Collins would be monogrammed as SCA, with the last name initial being larger than the first name and middle name initial.

Monogram for Men

For men, it was traditionally made of monogrammed letters that have the same size, so instead of the example above, traditionally, a male name like Stewart Albert Cornell would have their initials like this: SAC. Having the middle letter larger is a matter of preference in men’s monograms.

Two Letter Initials

Someone who has no middle initial uses a two letter monogram where the letters are the same size. For the name Sage Collins, the position of the letters is arranged from left to right, with the first name initial on the left-hand side and the last name initial on the right.

Married Women

For married women who like to have their married name (alone) 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: her first name initial on the left, followed by her married last name initial in the middle which is bigger than the two letters on the side, and finally her maiden name initial on the right.

Married Couples

For married couples who wish to have a monogram of their names, for example, Mr. and Mrs. Geofrey and Abigail Smith, the monogram initials would be arranged traditionally with the name initial of the bride on the left hand side, their last name initial in the middle and a little bit larger, and the groom’s first name initial on the right-hand side.

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

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 SMD.

How to Choose the Right Necklace Size

You’ve heard the phrase, “the devil is in the details.” Well, when it comes to picking out accessories such as jewelry, particularly necklaces, this statement is especially true. To avoid your fashion-forward thinking becoming a necklace no-no, here are some things to consider when choosing a length:

Collar

Collars are 12 to 14 inches, with multiple strands that sit very close to the neck. They’re popular at more elegant occasions and look best with V-neck, boat or ballet neck and off-the-shoulder necklines. If you also have a slender neck, a collar style necklace will show it off nicely.

Choker

15 to 16 inches in length, a choker can be single or multi-stranded. Chokers are perfect if you want a short necklace without being too snug around the neck. They work well with many formal dresses, but it depends on what they’re made of: silver or gold looks classic, while cord or leather looks grungy at high-fashion events. Chokers also help balance a rectangle or heart-shaped face by softening an angular chin. While this is a versatile length for many clothing types, it’s best to avoid turtlenecks.

Princess

17 to 19 inches, a princess hangs just below the collarbone. This is, by far, the most common and versatile necklace length out there. Just make sure that your neckline or collar sits clearly higher or lower than the necklace. You’ll find that pendants, lockets and charms tend to come on chains of this length. If searching for pearls, this is the model length for formalwear.

Matinee

At 20 to 24 inches, this length is considered ideal for the professional office setting while still being casual enough for after work drinks. Be sure to wear simple tops without much decoration to avoid clashing with the necklace or losing it in a busy pattern. Women who want to accentuate their cleavage will love this length, as it sits below the collar bones and draws the eye down the chest.

HOW TO FIND OUT YOUR RING SIZE

Ring Size (USA)  :  4        4.5     5     5.5     6        6.5     7     7.5     8        8.5     9        9.5     10   

                    mm  :  46.5   47.8   49   50.3   51.5   52.8   54   55.3   56.6   57.6   59.9   60.3   61.6

Ring Size (USA)  :  10.5   11      11.5    12     12.5   13

                    mm  :  62.8   64.1   65.3   66.6   67.9   69.1