When it comes to purchasing a new piece of jewelry, I typically stick to some pretty strict criteria: It must be gold and it must be minimal.
Fortunately, for a jewelry lover like myself, these preferences still leave me with a large selection of items to choose from. So when I kicked off my search for a new necklace around Christmas time, I had a pretty huge challenge ahead of me.
I knew I wanted it to be an initial pendant of some type — to celebrate my amazing mother. And thanks to my Pinterest board dedicated to accessories, I decided that a circle pendant was the exact style I wanted to buy. As a superfan of Nordstrom’s personalized jewelry pieces, that was the first site I decided to check out. I browsed their selection of initial pendants fairly briefly before the Kate Spade New York One in a Million pendant necklace quickly caught my eye.
It is made of a round, 12K gold-plated pendant hanging from a rolo chain. The pendant has just enough room to house a single engraved initial. And the back is engraved with “one in a million" — an additional tribute to the person whose initial you decide to honor on the necklace.
It also has a built-in extender chain, which makes it simple to adjust the length of the necklace. You can wear it long — to a length of 18 inches — or shorten the length of the chain if you want to wear it layered with other necklaces.
I purchased my necklace just a few days before Christmas. And after almost four months of heavy use, I’m so thrilled it is still holding up perfectly. I wear it almost every day, and the gold plate hasn't faded or turned like many pieces of previously purchased jewelry. The gold is also still bright and vibrant on heavy-use areas, like its lobster clasp. However, it should be noted that I don't shower or swim with it on, because I want to prevent the gold plate from prematurely wearing off.
The necklace goes with just about any outfit I pair it with. But I especially love to wear it with a simple T-shirt and jeans because it pops beautifully off a white tee. And it is also fun to explain the meaning behind the L on the pendant, since many are confused why the pendant’s letter doesn’t match the first initial of my name.
I know not everyone is a jewelry fan. But if you're searching for an affordable and quality personalized piece to add to your collection, this pendant necklace may be the one to steal your heart. <3 —Treye Green
Get it from Amazon for $58. / Available in every letter.