Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Getting the design you want for your Monogram Necklace

The trend has hit you hard and you are coveting your very own monogram necklace.  Where do you start designing your necklace and where do you buy it?  That's simple. Read this blog post and we will direct you where to buy and how to design your heart's desire!

What is considered a "monogram"

A monogram is a ladies' 3 initials in a form of first initial, LAST name initial, and middle name initial. The last name initial is placed in the middle of the design and created larger than the other initials.  This is considered a 3 initial monogram, a unique design for each lady. An example is like this:


Decide the size of pendant you want

The size of the pendant, the actual charm that will be created in the rendition of your initials. The BEST way to understand the sizing is to pull out a ruler.  This will help you visualize when you are shopping to choose the look you are going for.  A 5/8 inch pendant measures about the size of a dime and the sizing goes up from there.  Choose in our 2 inch pendant will be a very dramatic statement, and it is best to have your ruler handy so you know what to expect when your monogram pendant arrives.

Decide the metal or finish you want

Carolina Clover offers monogram pendants made in sterling silver, pewter, 14k gold, rose gold vermeil and 14k gold vermeil.  Our vermeil explained as the pendant is created in sterling silver and dipped in either yellow gold or rose gold.  Pewter is our most affordable choice in monogram necklaces, it is polished to a high shine like sterling silver but doesn't come with the high cost of sterling silver. Ultimately, the look you are going for and your budget with dictate your choice here. None of our metals are sold by weight, they are sold by craftmanship. If you are concerned about silver or gold weight, you should consult with your local jeweler about a weighted piece, this is beyond our scope of design services. Our special finishes include enamel and acrylic.  Enamel is laid over sterling silver to create a deeply hued finish on the pendant in your choice of color.  Acrylic is a lightweight pendant in tons of fun and flirty colors and is minimally priced.

Decide the "bail" design you want


Most of our jewelers have created one of two designs for monogram pendants.  We have the monogram necklace that is stationary on a chain, actually attached to the chain.  This is called a double bail design.  A single bail design is a single hoop on the pendant that a necklace chain slides through, giving you the ability to change out your chain and allows freedom of the pendant to slide back and forth on the chain.  Pictures below:

single bail pendant style

double bail necklace style

Choose the font you want

In the pictures above, this is an example of a script font for your monogram necklace.  We also offer a circle block font.  The biggest question is which style suits you and do your initials look good in the font.  Each pendant is created uniquely by our jewelry designers, so you will get a beautiful piece hand created each time.  If you would like to see what your monogram may look like in the 2 different fonts, see our monogram tool here.

Choose the length of chain you want

Our designers offer chains in lengths of 16 or 18 inches. 16 inches hits most women at their collar bone and 18 inches drops 2 inches below her collar bone and some times determines if it is worn inside or outside her collar.  Find a necklace you like the length of already and measure it, this is the best way to determine the length of your chain.

Choose the retailer to make your purchase

Of course Carolina Clover would love to create your monogram necklace from your choice of our two reputable jewelry designers Jane Basch and Initial Reaction, but we want you to make an educated purchase as well.  Here are some additional considerations when purchasing your monogram necklace.  Both our designers are top of the line, American jewelry artists based right here in the USA that we have contracted with for more than 5 years.  Both jewelers back their workmanship with a 1 year warranty, and then will make repairs for a small fee after 1 year.  Please make sure whomever you purchase from is based in the USA.  We've heard so many very sad stories of customers purchasing a Groupon, or from Etsy or from some random online seller that was selling it for dirt cheap and these customers have been sorely disappointed with quality, workmanship, repairs and customer service.  Please thoroughly vet your retail store prior to purchase, also it is a good idea to read the store policies prior to clicking the buy button.  Monogram necklaces are not returnable, so it is important to understand what your expectations are, contact the retailer if you have any questions prior to purchase.
Let us know if we can assist you further at info@carolinaclover.com



Monday, February 23, 2015

Seersucker, States and Spring!

As monogram fanatics at Carolina Clover we are very fond of anything personalized and of one more thing in particular… warm weather!! We are so tired of this cold and the snow.  It’s only getting worse now as we are getting all kinds of adorable new spring items in stock. We are sharing some of our favorite springtime pieces on the blog today!




You will love the spring and summer feel of this state pendant and it will coordinate beautifully with your Lilly Pulitzer apparel. Show your preppy state pride by wearing this acrylic state charm with either a sterling silver or gold plated chain.




Nothing screams spring quite like seersucker! And nothing screams preppy like monogrammed seersucker!! This preppy seersucker infinity scarf is the perfect weight for warmer weather and will dress up the simplest of outfits. Get a pink or blue scarf monogrammed in any color you can think of!



Turn any sporty outfit instantly fun and flirty with our monogrammed sun visors. The best news is that at such a great price, you could order multiple different colors to coordinate your warm weather outfits! There is a great discount price on bulk orders so you could get coordinating visors for the whole team. Wear it to the lake, the beach, around campus, or to the big game!




Be your own interior decorator and personalize any room in your home with our new indoor and outdoor pillows! We have a wide variety of styles from classy Kate Spade inspired gold dot patterns to preppy anchor patterns for your beach house. Include a monogram, initials, or a name to complete the personalization. Treat yourself to new pillows or give them as a great housewarming gift!

“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

~ Mark Twain

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What is a European Style Charm?

With so many charms on the market, it is hard to understand the terms associated with the styles of charms! European Style charms are the "add a bead" charm collection variety and are made by such popular brand names as Pandora, Trollbeads, Camilla and other less known brands found in department stores and flea markets, regardless of the brand the "Style" is the same as shown below.
Notice the the charm style is like a bead and slips onto the charm bracelet above. Most European style charms measure 4mm in inside diameter to allow for an industry standard.  This varies of course and can measure from 3mm to 4mm.  Check with your European style charm brand to find out the mm of the beads you have or are thinking of collecting.

 Styles have changed over the years and the most popular add a bead varieties are where the bead represents or depicts something special.  The actual bead hosts a beautiful design in itself of a birthstone or a symbol, etc.

Carolina Clover offers an Engraved European Style Collectible charm that features her monogram, initials or name up to 5 characters.  Our adapter for our European style charm is a bail and dangle variety as shown below.


The adapter bail measures 4mm and fits most popular European Charm Collections. The charm is a dainty 5/8 inch, about the size of a dime and the entire charm is made in quality sterling silver. Buy this custom engraved charm on our web site at CarolinaClover.com



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Maggie Reviews Our Braided Silver Monogram Ring

Hi Carolina Clover fans!  This is Maggie Frost, blogger behind Moda & the Mar, a fashion & personal style guide.  As a true Southern girl, I know the importance of a well-placed monogram.  They are a classic way to put a personal stamp on anything and everything.  And nothing is more classic than a monogrammed ring.  



I received my first one for a dance recital present in elementary school and have been updating my collection ever since.  The Carolina Clover braided oval ring is now at the top of that list!  I love the petite oval shape and the black engraving really makes the monogram pop against the sterling silver.  This ring is both timeless and modern.  I know this classic piece will be a staple in my jewelry collection for years to come!


Make sure to keep up with all of the latest monogrammed trends from Carolina Clover!





Maggie

Maggie Frost
Personal Style Blogger

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Living the Dream! Guest Post by Real College Student of Atlanta

I'm so excited that all three of the Inspirational Pearl Bracelets are now available for purchase! The collection includes a Live Your Dreams edition, aBelieve edition, and a Take a Chance edition. All three of these statements mean so much to me and have motivated me to succeed in life. It's been an incredible experience to team up with Carolina Clover to design these bracelets based on my readers' feedback. 


The Live Your Dreams bracelet was the first bracelet released in this collection and it represents one of my dreams (designing jewelry for a company I love) coming true! Instead of just having dreams and hoping they come true, it's great to do what it takes to make those dreams a reality and actually live your dreams! Read more about this bracelet here.


The Believe bracelet is my daily reminder to have more faith in uncertain situations. The bracelet also reminds me to believe in myself and my dreams, even when other don't. In my personal life and professional life, I have had to remind myself to believe in my goals, my morals, and my ideas in order to achieve. Read more about this bracelet here.



And finally, the Take a Chance bracelet is a physical reminder to be adventurous, daring and brave! I can be shy and laid back sometimes, so I appreciate this bracelet and this statement reminding me that life is too short not to take chances sometimes. When you think about all of the successful people in the world, it's important to remember that they gained their success by first taking a chance! Read more about this bracelet here.

I love seeing friends, family, and other Carolina Clover customers wearing the bracelet and sharing how much the bracelets mean to them! I wear my bracelets every single day because they go with literally any outfit! The pearls are such a classy feature and the inspirational text is a conversation-starter. I hope others enjoy these bracelets as much as I do and are inspired to live their dreams, believe, and take a chance!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Boutique Sale!

Carolina Clover at the Cotton Company is having a huge clean out sale!  Now is the time to get great deals on boutique apparel!  Our adorable lace shorts, maxi skirts and dresses as well as our summer jeggings are on a deep discount of 40% off our already amazing boutique prices! Our adorable chevron rain boots have also been marked down 50% off. Don't wait, go get your size!

Sale ends August 17th, because on the 18th you simply won't believe your eyes with all the new merchandise we have arriving for fall and some amazing new deals on Monograms are coming too! Don't we all love a monogram deal?  Can't wait!

Carolina Clover
Jewelry and Gifts with Southern Charm
The Cotton Company
306 S. White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Hours of Operation are
Monday-Thursday
10am-6pm
Friday-Saturday
10am-8pm
Sunday
1-5pm

Art After Hours! Open Late!
Friday, August 8th open until 9pm

Questions?
Email us at info@carolinaclover.com
Call us at 919-917-5330


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Monograms in Wake Forest!

Looking for a monogram gift or jewelry in Wake Forest? Look no further than Carolina Clover located in The Cotton Company in historic downtown Wake Forest!  If you need it monogrammed, it is at Carolina Clover with quick turn around and delivery.

Shop Online Pick Up In Store!
You can shop CarolinaClover.com 24 hours a day from the comfort of your PJs. Shop for monogram gifts, create monogram jewelry and select ship to store for free shipping service!  We'll call you when your shipment arrives for pick up. Most monogram jewelry and gifts are available for pick up at the store in 2-3 days.  Please see production times listed on the web site for longer production times.
Order your monogram totes online and pick up at The Cotton Company for FREE!

Drop off Monogram Service!
Do you need a bag or a scarf embroidered?  Drop off your embroidery item at Carolina Clover at The Cotton Company, select your font and thread and we'll monogram your items and have them back to you quickly! We use a small batch COMMERCIAL and professional embroiderer and you will be thrilled with the quality. Our prices are very competitive!

Carolina Clover uses a Commercial Embroiderer for our Monograms

In Store Monogram Displays!
Do you need to touch and feel an item you have found on the web site? Stop in to the store and we'll assist you with your order. We also have many monogram gift catalogs available for you to explore your options, free shipping to the store is also available. Carolina Clover also offers exclusive monogram jewelry and gift designers such as Jane Basch and Initial Reaction. Set up a time for us to chat with you about the various designers to find the right piece for you. We can also ship your gift to anywhere in the country for a reasonable basic shipping fee.
Carolina Clover has displays of the top monogram jewelry designers like Jane Basch and Initial Reaction.

Boutique Shopping you will LOVE!
Carolina Clover also offers boutique apparel at crazy fun prices. Pick up an new trend top or dress for under $50. YES! ALL our boutique clothing is priced under $50 to make it super affordable and super fun.  Find matching ladies accessories, clutches and totes that will thrill you. We receive new styles weekly, so visit often for the best selection to see what is sassy, southern and on trend!
New Boutique Apparel at Carolina Clover

Lilly Pulitzer Gifts in Wake Forest!
Can you believe it, Lilly HAS ARRIVED!  Our fully stocked Lilly Pulitzer gift display will knock your socks off.  Always stuffed with new Lilly arrivals you can count on finding an adorable piece with no mark up on our prices. You find Lilly Pulitzer cooler totes, tumblers, tech cases as well as fun entertaining pieces like wine glasses, trays and beverage totes.

Every year in July the Lilly Pulitzer Agendas Arrive at Carolina Clover!


Carolina Clover is located inside The Cotton Company and has been a proud part of this historic establishment since 2010. We are very grateful to the Wake Forest Community for making our store a success and for voting The Cotton Company the Best Gift Shop in Wake Forest in 2013.  Let us know how we can assist you with your monogram jewelry and gifts! Email info@carolinaclover.com, Call Carolina Clover at 919.917.5330 or stop by the store to chat with us!

Carolina Clover at The Cotton Company
306 S. White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587