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From Royal Courts to Your Wardrobe: The Fascinating History of Monogram Jewelry

custom gold monogram necklace hand lettered by a calligrapher

Let's talk monograms. They are personal, sentimental, and timeless. Monogram jewelry has a rich and fascinating history, with roots dating back to ancient Egypt and Greece. In these early civilizations, monograms were often inscribed on coins, seals, and tombs, and were used as symbols of power and identity. The word "monogram" comes from the Greek words "monos" (single) and "gramma" (letter), meaning a single letter or symbol.

In medieval Europe, monograms are thought to have been popularized by Charlemagne and were used by the military and royalty as a way to mark personal belongings, such as clothing, linens, and books, and to prevent theft.

During the Renaissance, monograms became a fashionable and artistic form of expression, with many artists and intellectuals using their own monograms as signatures on their works. Monograms were also used by members of the royal courts as symbols of their rank and status.

In the modern era, monogram jewelry has continued to evolve and remain popular. Today, monograms are often used to personalize jewelry. They are also used as a fashionable and trendy way to add a personalized touch to accessories, such as handbags, wallets, and keychains.

The meaning of monogram jewelry today varies depending on the individual wearer. For some, a monogram necklace or bracelet may be a sentimental reminder of a loved one, with the initials representing the relationship or connection. For others, a monogram may be a statement of personal identity and style. Overall, the history of monogram jewelry is rich and diverse, with a wide range of meanings and uses. The monogram is beloved because it is personalized, holds sentimental value, is stylish, timeless, and versatile. 

Brevity's monograms are each hand-lettered by a calligrapher, making them a one-of-a-kind keepsake. Whether it's a gift for someone special, or a treat for yourself, monogram jewelry is a great way to add a touch of personal style to any outfit.

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