Jewelry is loaded with memory and meaning. No matter what it is, there is likely to be some sentimental or emotional reason you wear a particular thing — in my case, I wear a gold script "D" around my neck, passed down from the grandmother I was named after. I started wearing the delicate letter regularly when I was 16 — years before the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle literally spelled out her love for the royal ginger with an "H" and "M" initial necklace in December of 2016, giving us the long-awaited confirmation that she was dating Prince Harry. And as we know all too well now, when Markle wears a thing, it becomes A Thing.
Though the Duchess wasn't solely responsible for the resurgence in popularity of initial necklaces, there is certainly no doubt that the dainty, personalized chest adornments have become more popular as of late. One quick sweep of affordable, direct-to-consumer fine jewelry lines shows that every brand from to Mejuri to Aurate is selling its own take on lettered necklaces. Expand this search to include industry vets like Jennifer Fisher and Maya Brenner and moderately priced retailers like Baublebar, and you'll find even more gold-plated members of the alphabet.
Here, we rounded up our favorite initial necklaces on the market, including subtle diamond lowercase letters and heart-shaped pendants, across a wide range of price points. Click through the gallery below to see our favorites, which are all available to shop now — and wear forever.
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