History of Monograms

Popularly used on stationery, luggage and clothing today, the monogram has a long history that began with the Greeks.

First appearing on coins in Greek cities as early as 350BC to display the issuing city’s name, monograms were later adopted as signatures by artists and craftsmen on paintings, sculptures and pieces of furniture. Albrecht Dürer’s “AD” monogram is a famous example of a monogram serving as an artist’s signature.

Monograms, however, only became popular with the masses for personal use in the Victorian era. Whether sewn into linens so they would not get lost while laundered, or to personalize silverware and lockets, monograms added a unique decorative element to everyday goods.

While lettered initials on personalized goods are commonly referred to as monograms, a true monogram motif is made by the overlapping of two or more letters to form one symbol. A series of uncombined initials is actually called a cypher.


Jewlr honors the traditional monogram with its new range of monogram necklaces. Each of the four monogram sizes (pictured above) features a carefully entwined set of initials, laser cut from uniform sheet of rolled silver, white gold or yellow gold metal.

But what’s more, not only are Jewlr’s monograms traditionally entwined, they all offer an enlarged initial at their center – in keeping with the style of the Victorian era. Unlike how we represent our initials today, the Victorian monogram has the initial of the individual’s last name (surname) set larger in the center while the first name initial appears to the left of it and the middle name initial appears to the right of it. Married monograms, however, differ slightly in that they allow for the maiden surname initial on the right (in place of the middle name initial) and then new last initial in the center.

Ready to start personalizing your very own monogram necklace? You can get customizing right here at Jewlr.com/monogram-necklaces.

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