Personalized accessories are an excellent way to showcase your style, and one of the more popular choices is a custom-made nameplate dangling from a gold chain. This striking embellishment, whether you opt to wear your name or that of a loved one, can enhance your appearance. With endless possibilities for designs, you might feel overwhelmed by all your options, so use this guide to learn some tips about personalizing your gold chain with a custom nameplate.
Before you order your custom nameplate, consider what you want it to say. Envision the nameplate and how long the selected name is. This might seem obvious, but make sure you get the name correct. Some people have nicknames or preferred names other than their full name. Count how many characters, including spaces if necessary, that you will need.
If you're considering a longer name, the font will need to be smaller and the name might be less legible. If you're set on a specific size for the nameplate, think about using a nickname or a shorter word if the name is long. You can get creative with your design, but it's important to make sure the name is still readable.
Couple name necklaces are another option, and you can link the names together in an infinity-style design or a bar-style pendant that includes two pendants. This type of personalized necklace can honor a couple, children, or best friends.
Select the Type of Gold
One of the most important aspects to consider when creating a custom piece is what type of metal you want. When choosing both the gold chain and custom nameplate, no rule says you have to wear the same color of the metal. In fact, it might make the nameplate stand out more if you select different types of metal.
You can also highlight different design elements by using contrasting metals. If you want to give the nameplate a unique design, consider having a swirled line or decorative feature added; you can then have the line or design created in one type of metal while the chain and the rest of the name are in another. Another option is to have the first letter in the name made out of white gold for a little variation. The options are almost endless.
Gold in its purest form has a yellowish-bronze color, but there are several different types of gold available, including the following:
- Rose gold: This is a lush choice due to its gold and copper alloy elements. Its rosy hue gives off a more vintage vibe. This soft and romantic metal remains strong and durable.
- White gold: Made out of gold and platinum or palladium, this is a more affordable option than platinum but has similar look. This option is also slightly stronger than yellow gold, making it less susceptible to dents and scratches. However, it's important to clean and polish it every few years so it maintains its luster and color.
- Yellow gold: This is always a popular choice since it works well with a variety of skin tones. The higher the karat, the higher the gold content but the softer it is. If the gold is soft, it is easily dented or scratched. It also needs regular polishing.
Decide on the Style
With so many styles available, you might feel overwhelmed with all the options. You can begin your research online or browse designs at the jeweler. You can also decide to add stones to the design. A popular choice is to adorn the nameplate with your birthstones or that of your loved one. You could also select your favorite gemstone and give the nameplate a pop of color. Consider the quality and cut of the stones, and if you opt for diamonds, think about the color and clarity.
Another option is to add some texture to the nameplate. Selecting a hammered or textured finish to the name can add some depth and dimension to your jewelry.
Choose the Font
Not everyone has the same style, so there are a variety of fonts available to match your needs. Select a font that clearly displays the name on the nameplate. For longer words, avoid using a thinner and cursive font as these make the name difficult to read. You want to use chunkier fonts for longer names.
Another option is to have the name displayed vertically or in a different shape rather than the traditional horizontal design. This makes the nameplate a tag-style design, with the creation more open. Custom-made necklace tags are best if you want a separate pendant that moves on the necklace.
Consider Other Factors
When choosing a nameplate, take into consideration the other types of jewelry you wear. If you plan to give this piece of jewelry as a gift, examine what other types of jewelry the recipient wears. When in doubt, opt for a classically styled piece of jewelry because they remain timeless. Think about your body frame as well. If you have a smaller body frame, consider selecting smaller and more refined pieces of jewelry. Larger body frames work better for bolder statement pieces.
Examine your activity level as well. If you're more sedentary, you have more options as the necklace won't get in the way of your daily activities. For moderate to high levels of activity, consider bar pendants or nameplates that are attached to the gold chain at both ends. This prevents the name from sliding and getting caught in your clothing during strenuous activities.
There's no right or wrong style when it comes to creating a personalized nameplate. If you're in the market for a stunning gold chain with a custom nameplate, Martin Busch Jewelers is the place to visit. Our extensive collection features the most popular styles of chains, and you can design your nameplate for yourself or your loved one.