The little journey down the monogrammed path has left some pretty pictures in my files. Why keep them to myself?
PrincessFreckles and Plus Size Bride commented on the pin Meryl Streep wears in Julie and Julia. Apparently the production company did not understand that this item would create a groundswell of trend-setters lusting and searching for photos. Here is a still, which I captured by brute force from the movie trailer.
It’s not clear whether this is or is not in fact a monogram. That’s OK. We can pretend. Then we can romp through my favorite antique jewelry sites and find much better pictures of similar items. It’s Friday, after all. The pin below is from Lang Antiques in San Francisco. I’m warning you, DO NOT go to their website unless you have no work at all to do today. I don’t think this is supposed to be a monogram either. But if my name were, um, Jennifer Foster, or something of the sort, I’d be of a different opinion.
The “M” below sold in an auction lot at Skinner Auctioneers. It could have been yours. Mary? Melissa? Or simply want to commemorate Mom without going all the way to needle, ink, and a possibly scary tattoo parlor?
One final thought. As I found out in my original, somewhat trivial research, monograms were often tied in some way to artisans’ marks. Artist signatures, if you will. Which, as it turns out, are themselves works of art. Sort of like Prince’s glyph. As below. From artarchiv.net. They have pages and pages.
Not a diamond in sight. Have a wonderful weekend.