Personalized name items

I'm approaching the arrival of our family's caboose child, and thinking that I'd really like to get some kind of necklace which features the names of my children. Right now I've got a tiny washer stamped with the Spouse's name, and a large washer stamped with the names of the three kids going around it in a circle, both just piled onto a simple chain, and it's a fun minimalistic sort of look that I've enjoyed greatly, but four kid names are too many to fit on one washer, and more than 2 washers gets crowded and hard to read.

Does anyone have any particularly great sites to recommend offering personalized name jewelery suitable for larger number of kids, or more broadly, other merchandise that might be a good outlet for expressing one's name nerdiness to the outside world?

Not jewelery, but we've really enjoyed the Little Boy/Girl Who Lost His/Her Name personalized books:
https://www.lostmy.name/books/lostmyname
I particularly appreciated that the story is very much the same for the boy and girl scenarios, just pronouns and a shift in wallpaper color.

 

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March 14, 2016 10:34 AM

Sorry, I don't know of anything really. However, I love the stamped washer idea, with the kid names going around the edge. I currently have just a round disc stamped with my kid's names.  I have a friend who has dog tags custom-made with the names of her children, but it's a military family, so the dog tags make sense for her in a way I don't think they would for just everyone.

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By EVie
March 14, 2016 4:18 PM

Not jewelry either, but your name book recommendation reminded me of one of my own: http://www.iseeme.com/my-very-own-name-personalized-book.html

We got one as a gift when my son was born, and though it was a couple years before he was old enough for it, he now LOVES it, and it's helped him learn to recognize and spell his full name. 

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March 14, 2016 9:24 PM

I was going to mention the I See Me books, too. My sister got two for my daughter's second birthday, and she loves them.

Honestly, for personalized paraphernalia, I always head over to Etsy and look for shops selling the specific type of item I'm looking for. I've found gifts ranging from names carved out of wood to silver fingerprint pendants to temporary tattoos with my image of choice, to a clock make out of an old record cut into the shape of the Batman symbol over a silhouette of Gotham... I'm regularly amazed by the creativity on display.

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March 15, 2016 6:45 AM

My current washer necklace comes from Etsy - that's definitely where I'll head for a replacement! I agree about the creativity, though it sounds like that Batman clock takes the cake!

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March 15, 2016 1:12 AM

Agree that Etsy is the place to go, but beware the postage rates. A charm bracelet arrangement could work for a larger family like yours. Or have more washers on your necklace with some sort of bead between each so the washers can be read?

Some years ago over here (Australia) there used to be a few jewellery companies that made rings and pendants where you could specify the birthstones of your children. Not sure if that's something that would be offered where you are.

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March 15, 2016 6:49 AM

The birthstone options are also very popular here in the US! It looks likely that we'll have two birthdays each in two months, where the commonly used birthstones for the months in question are very similar in color, so in execution in my particular case would look just very aggressively pink!

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March 15, 2016 1:25 AM

I'll second the Etsy suggestion. One option that might be especially neat are the "signature" bracelets and necklaces--you send in an image of your writing, and they turn it into a bracelet or necklace. The examples say things like "Love always, Mom and Dad" on multiple lines, so I think you could easily fit all four kids' names, maybe on two or three lines. I think having it in your or your wife's handwriting would make it even cooler.

Similarly, I wonder if it would be possible to string together four of those name charms that Madonna made popular many years ago (http://allaboutmadonna.com/images/madonna-videos/music/madonna-music-video-cap-0009.jpg).

I've also seen engraved bangle bracelets that could easily accommodate four names.

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March 15, 2016 6:21 PM

I love those, but most especially in the adorably awkward kid handwriting. I am thus tempted to wait on those signature styles until everyone is capable of writing their names.

Madonna as a style icon is always a good idea! There are necklaces that put tiny little script versions of the name on a chain at regular intervals, which are fun and I am likely to pursue further.

Bracelets are a super idea to get more space! In practice, though, I rarely wear them.

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March 24, 2016 12:59 PM

I'm a little late to this, but the first thing I thought of was James Avery. I'm not much into jewelry, but their hand made jewelry is made in Kerrville, TX, and I happened to take a tour with a colleague several years ago when we were there on business.

They do have stores, but I'm not sure that they are located much past Texas - I could be totally wrong about that. I went to jamesavery.com. If you go there do a search for boy or girl charm. They can do custumn engraving.

They are well known for quality sterling silver and I noticed they have 14k gold as well.

Some of their stuff is Christian related, but not all.

For someone with no children and not fond of jewelry, I certainly have a lot to say sometimes!

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December 31, 2016 8:34 PM

Update: the spouse got me one for Christmas, and I was deeply delighted by her selection: four interlocking rings, each stamped with a kid's name. The reason I'm posting is that she ordered it from a British company (MAAP studio), which she figured was a good bet to avoid unfortunate typos with kid names, which has happened on past orders. (And lo, they did in fact get all four names right!)