I got my first name necklace for my 18th birthday. I’d been obsessed with Sex and The City, so thought the only way I could be a proper grown-up was to parade around with my name etched in gold on my chest. The quality was shocking, the gold more yellow than Big Bird and so the name plate didn’t even last until my 19th. I got my second name necklace for my 21st birthday; by this stage I was a bit more sophisticated, so I opted for a solid silver handmade name plate that screamed ‘I’m so classy, me.’ I adored it and wore the fabulous piece of craftsmanship day in, day out for many years. (Even now it comes out to play in phases between statement collars.) By the time I hit 30 I clearly needed something even cooler, so I opted for a giant plastic gold necklace with little matching star hanging off the ‘H’. Who says you need to be a grown-up when you leave your twenties? Tatty Devine have built an entire business upon their name necklaces, taking something a little outdated and bringing it right into 2013. I’ve been meaning to get myself one for some time, but it took a little push from Emerald Street to take the plunge during a boring 15 minutes at my desk. What I love about Tatty’s service is that you can create your own design from scratch, picking the font, colour, finish, charm and even chain – no two designs will ever be the same with the thousands of possible combinations. I wanted something that I could wear every day, that would match pretty much everything I own and would still make me feel all trendy n such. Gold is one of my favourite colours and what I seem to wear on my hands/wrists/neck nearly every day, so it seemed silly not to stick with what works. I love the chunkiness of the result, the way that it’s still delicate while making a statement, the fact that it’s unique to me and will remind me of turning 30. Arriving in a cute branded box with care instructions, I couldn’t be happier with the result. (I may even be contemplating getting a London Beauty Queen one!) Here’s hoping they come up with a new name plate just in time for me hitting the big 4-0.
Make your own necklace here: www.tattydevine.com Prices start from £27.50