Every fashion forward girl wants their jewelry to say something. Literally. One of the hottest trends this year is personalized jewelry. Women are showing love for their partner, children, or even their pets, by letting their jewelry speak before they do. Before you shop for jewelry online, there are a few things you should know.
Most of you have probably heard of the 4Cs. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) created the now world-famous 4Cs of diamonds: Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat Weight. Before you purchase any diamonds you should determine which of the 4Cs is most important to you and inquire about the integrity of each characteristic. If you’re purchasing diamonds online it’s important that there is some kind of money back guarantee so you can return the piece of jewelry if you’re not happy with the quality.
If gold is what you’re into you’ll want to look at the karat (two kinds of carats/karats, I know it’s confusing but stick with me). The World Gold Council guidelines say that pure gold is 24-karat (k), which is generally too soft for use in jewelry so it is alloyed with other metals to increase the strength. For example, 18-karat gold is three-quarters pure gold. 14-karat gold is most commonly used in gold jewelry sold in the United States. After identifying the karat you’ll want to look at the color – most common are yellow, white, and rose gold.
When shopping for silver you want to look for “925 sterling silver”. This is the best quality silver used for jewelry and simply means 92.5% pure silver alloyed usually with copper to make the metal harder.
Now that we’ve laid the groundwork it’s time to shop! Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for the woman you love, check out this list of our top 10 personalized pieces of jewelry.
1. Sterling Silver Personalized Name Necklace
This classic silver nameplate necklace is the perfect gift for your wife, girlfriend, loved one, or for yourself! This is the type of necklace you can wear every day, or layer it with other delicate necklaces for going out at night. The pendant can be customized with your choice of a 14, 16, 18, 20 or 22-inch high quality, 925 sterling silver chain. It takes about a week for customization and delivery, so if you’re shopping for someone else be sure to plan ahead. If you like this nameplate necklace, check out more customizable options here.
Price: $22.95 (23 percent off MSRP)
2.Tai Gold Initial Stud Earrings
These delicate alphabet earrings take advantage of the mismatched trend that we’ve been seeing on celebs both on red carpets and in street style. These earrings have a brass setting with gold plating. The initial earring features pave set cubic zirconia (CZ) and the stud has one single set CZ. Cubic zirconia is a synthesized material often used in place of diamonds. It is hard, optically flawless, and usually colorless. Tai moved from Thailand to Santa Monica in 1994. She came to UCLA to study business but realized her passion was making jewelry inspired by her home country. To browse more of Tai’s unique and colorful designs click here.
3. Kate Spade New York Gold Alphabet Pendant
This chic Kate Spade New York, gold-toned alphabet necklace features the “one in a million” message on the opposite side. Kate Spade is famous for making classic and timeless clothes and jewelry. This necklace has an 18-inch chain and a lobster claw clasp. Although the necklace is “gold-toned” it is made of brass which means it can be prone to discoloration if not cared for properly. Be sure to store this piece in a felt pouch when you’re not wearing it. Click here for more Kate Spade New York accessories.
4. Initial Ring Stack
In the words of Soulja Boy, “stacks on stacks on stacks”. Collect the initials of the people that mean the most to you. You can choose one letter for each of your kids, your partner’s initials, or your own! You can choose up to three initials made of 925 sterling silver or choose to upgrade them to 18k gold plated stack. Stacking delicate rings is a huge trend and you can never have too many. This is the kind of gift you can build on over time by giving one band for every special occasion.
5. 18k Gold Monogram Ring
Calling all preppy girls! If you like to pop your collar and wear pastels in the summer time, this is the perfect monogram ring for you. If you just got married and are looking for a classic way to show off your initials, you’ve come to the right place. This is the kind of piece that you will keep forever and pass down to your children. You can include up to three initials on this 18k gold plated ring. Personalized Necklaces also makes lots of other great customized pieces. Check them out here.
6. Custom Dog Tags
For the less dainty woman on your shopping list, consider these dog tags. Whether she’s spent time serving our great nation in the military or just really likes watching Military Wives, dogs tags are the perfect way to share a personalized message that she can keep close to her heart. Customize your dog tags with photos, names, or even a fingerprint here.
Price: $9.99 (80 percent off MSRP)
7. ALEX AND ANI Initial Bangle Bracelet
ALEX AND ANI is one of the most popular jewelry designers right now and proudly designed and crafted in America. These handmade bangle bracelets are crafted from recycled material and can be customized countless ways. This bangle has a single initial pendant and three stamped ALEX AND ANI charms. You can choose A-Z and is made of brass with either a silver or gold finish. You can also choose bangles with your birthstone, hobbies, wishes, etc. which makes these the perfect gift for anyone on your list. With Mother’s Day coming up these bangles make a really thoughtful gift for any of the mom’s in your life. Customize your stack here.
Price: $26.68 (5 percent off MSRP)
8. Jewelry Brunch Custom 14k Gold Name Necklace with Diamonds
This necklace is a real show-stopper and ideal for the flashy gal in your life. All Jewelry Brunch diamonds are of impeccable quality, color and clarity, are conflict free and fair trade. This gorgeous real diamond necklace takes 4-6 weeks for delivery because each one is made to order so you’ll have to plan ahead for this one. It looks like its worth the wait. Also, if you don’t love it for any reason, there’s a 30-day money back guarantee. As I mentioned above, this is key to ensure the diamonds and gold are up to your quality standards.
9. Diamond Initial Pendant Necklace
Want to add some sparkle to your neckline? This delicate initial pendant is made of 100% conflict free diamonds and white gold and handcrafted in America. Attention brides out there – these would make great bridesmaid gifts for all the girls who have been putting up with your mood swings and bridezilla moments leading up to the big day. If you’re not happy with your necklace for any reason you have a 30-day money back guarantee.
Price: $244 (30 percent off MSRP)
10. 14k Yellow Gold Bar Pendant Name Plate
This 14k yellow gold bar is the perfect classic backdrop for any name, initials, or important dates. You can engrave both sides for a truly thoughtful and heartfelt gift. This yellow gold style is attached to an adjustable 16 to 18-inch gold cable chain making it truly the perfect accessory for any occasion. Whether you’re shopping for Mother’s Day or making custom gifts for your wedding party, the options are endless with the ability to engrave whatever your heart desires. To check out more gold bar pendants, click here.