Monday, November 2, 2015

Carolina Clover, The Monogram Boutique, Now Expanded

WAKE FOREST, NC October 29, 2015-Ready your holiday shopping list and visit Carolina Clover’s newly expanded monogram jewelry, gift and apparel shop now located at 123 S. White Street in Historic Downtown Wake Forest. Formerly the embroidery station at The Cotton Company, Carolina Clover has just launched their own storefront space with even more selection and will feature the storefront as a “Monogram Boutique”.

The proprietor of Carolina Clover, Dawn Crowder has this to say about her storefront expansion, “ We’ve been a top monogram jewelry and gift retailer online for 6 years and thriving in the The Cotton Company’s business incubator for 5 years, and it was time to give our monogram and embroidery customers more shop space and selection to continue to grow.” She adds, “I love the enthusiasm that our customers have upon locating our shop and the excitement of them realizing all the possibilities for personalized gifts available to them so close to home.”

This year Carolina Clover is making a holiday wish list available to customers who love monograms.  Sales associates will assist with writing your Christmas Wish List complete with sizes, styles, and color selections. Just send your loved ones into the store and Carolina Clover will walk them through the gift personalization process and even gift wrap it for them, it’s that easy!  You can also develop your own monogrammed gift wish list on the web site at with free shipping and pick up at the retail store.

Find out more information about our company at

Carolina Clover, The Monogram Boutique
123 S White Street, Suite 200
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Preppy Girls Monogram Their Spare Tires!

Monograms on our rides are not a new idea, but us girls have been relegated to the vinyl sticker.  Am I right? Carolina Clover is showcasing style and panache with a monogrammed tire cover for our SUV and Jeep girls.  Our soft top jeeps are super expensive and super sensitive, most of us don't want to put a vinyl monogram sticker on our soft top cover.  Introducing the monogrammed spare tire cover by Carolina Clover!

We've been monogramming one Jeep at a time at Carolina Clover with our Smitybilt tire cover with an embroidered monogram!  Move over vinyl stickers, we are stitching our initials right into this tire cover.  Our jeep girls have loved this design, read our frequently asked questions and our reviews on our monogram embroidered spare tire cover at Below take a look at some of the tire covers we've monogrammed in the various font styles and thread colors:

Monogram Tire Cover in Master Circle Font and Spring Green Thread

Monogrammed Tire Cover in White Thread and Engraved Font

Monogrammed Tire Cover in Lime Thread and Circle Block Font

Monogram Tire Cover in Fishtail Font and Aqua Thread

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

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