Hollywood stars and singers like Madonna, J.Lo, MC Hammer, and many more have made it more fashionable to wear name necklaces. While some think of it simply as a fashion statement, name necklaces also have its own unique history. A silver name necklace or one in gold have been around for a couple of decades and became increasingly popular especially in the 1980s due to the rise of urban and hip hop styles. However, taking a further look back in history, it was recorded the newly freed slaves changed their name. There was a need for African-Americans to change their name. In retrospect it spoke of a new beginning, a new identity. During those times, it was important to come up with a unique name to establish an identity.
When looking at a personalized necklace, one can get an idea or feel of the personality of the wearer. One publisher shared that mothers would try to save all the pennies that they could in order to afford a necklace or jewelry for their little one so that their little girls could feel that they were important and that they were someone special.
The trend amongst the African-American community was eventually absorbed by others in the community. On the total opposite side we can see that Sex in the City's Carrie made it more increasingly popular and even called it "ghetto gold." Even if it is worn by different members and backgrounds of the community, there is the stereotype and recognition that the style emerged from the African-American, Urban, Hip-hop community. The style is continuing to change as many wearers are also making personalized name necklace with adjectives.
Different name necklaces designs are available in the market today. It has become an increasingly popular gift idea and considerably fashionable to wear. A nameplate necklace can be worn to any event whether it is formal or informal. Like Carrie, she wore her necklace whether she donned on jeans and a t-shirt or a beautiful black dress