Initial necklaces, as worn by A-listers from J-Lo to Gigi Hadid, are a sentimental and timeless gift to loved ones. Or a gift-to-self. Whether a simple gold initial pendant, a Stone and Strand-inspired diamond initial strung on freshwater baroque pearls, or a colour-pop charm a la Roxanne Assoulin, initial necklaces are one of the most sentimental pieces in any jewellery box.
If you’re buying for yourself, your task of finding the best-suited initial necklace is an altogether easier one. In comparison to buying for your best friend, sister or wife, that is. In this case, consider whether gold or silver jewellery is more her jam – and whether it’s her own initial she’d like on display (or that of a partner, parent or child). Then, consider the occasion in which she might don it.
For everyday initial necklaces which can be layered with her other chains, something dainty (like the style Meghan Markle wore at Wimbledon back in 2019) is guaranteed to go down a treat. In this category, Lily & Roo’s solid gold initial necklaces, priced at less than £150, are a perfect choice – as is this tiny gold vermeil necklace by independent and Jourdan Dunn-adored jewellery brand Muru.
If she’d prefer something a little chunkier and statement-inducing to wear atop a classic white t-shirt, Monica Vinader’s bold take on the initial jewellery trend is worth noting, as is the approach of Kendall Jenner’s beloved Missoma. It recently released a Chubby Pearl Initial Pendant which features a hand-drawn, retro-inspired initial finished with three pearls of differing sizes.
For night-out-appropriate initial necklaces? Fondrae, under the creative direction of Beth Hutchens, has some beautiful pieces. They’re stocked on Net-A-Porter, where the meaningful, 18-karat gold heart-shaped charm necklace is the sweetest piece. Oh, and don’t overlook affordable initial jewellery label Abbott Lyon in your quest for a bridesmaid gift, anniversary gift or similar. Its styles generally come in below £100 and range from chunky gold chains to light and delicate offerings. And they’re hugely popular among GLAMOUR readers.