The history of the monogram can be traced back to 350 B.C. Appearing on Greek and Roman coins, this motif comprised of interacting letters was used to identify royal leaders of the time. What is a monogram you ask? Well, it is the combination of two or more letters overlapping. This finished design, an embellishment of initials on a desired surface like metal, stone or paper, took shape forming a symbol.
The monogram was not just a personal mark of identification for the monarch – no – it quickly became, in the eyes of many people, a way to share their views and beliefs with the rest of the world. Religious groups like the early Christians created “Christograms,” a symbol comprised of letters signifying Jesus Christ. Even during times of war, protesters used monograms as a symbol for resistance. Today, some companies and universities use monograms to promote their businesses or services in the form of logos.
The Monogram has seen its transition. From coins to stone tablets, monograms are now incorporated on fabric like cloths and luggage. In the art world, artists of all kinds create their own monogram to sign their work. Sport organizations, restaurants, and websites have all taken part in this long lasting trend. Let’s not forget about personalized stationery. Now, we can customize any card, note, napkin, guest towel, tablet or notepad with our own monogram.
An essential design on many wedding and birthday invitations, the monogram remains a distinctive element, one that brings importance and prestige to every occasion. Although the arrangement of our initials in a monogram mattered once before, they don’t anymore, giving freedom to our choice of placement. How do you know if you are a right fit for a monogram? Simple…take the first initial from your first and last name and Voilà! Order your personalized monogram stationery and be enthralled by the details.