Remember those kiosks in the mall where you could get customized jewellery with cheap metal letters on black cord? Pretty much every kid I knew in the 90′s had one, including me and I wore it for picture day thinking it was the best thing ever. Then came the cursive Carrie style name necklaces popularized by Sex and the City and other variations that girls still love today.
And it’s not just necklaces, the multi-billion dollar personalized products industry has your name written all over it! I’ve got key chains, shot glasses, magnets and more – but as these trinkets accumulate dust, I know I’ve grown beyond wearing my name around my neck.
As an adult, I still understand the appeal, but I want something more meaningful. Needless to say, I was very intrigued when I heard about the latest iteration of the popular name necklace…
Introducing Nayme (pronounced “name”). Each Nayme necklace is designed to symbolically represent the meaning of a name rather than spelling it out. Genius if you ask me!
Better yet, the pendants are designed and made in Canada from quality 0.925 sterling silver, accompanied by a delicate, Italian sterling silver chain. Each necklace comes perfectly wrapped in an elegant black gift box, inscribed with your name, its origin and meaning. I loved clicking through the website to see Nayme’s unique interpretation of each name through beautifully designed pendants. Here’s mine:
With quality materials and unique-chic style, it’s sentiment you can wear without feeling cheesy. Simple and elegant on its own or layered with other necklaces in your collection.
I had the pleasure of meeting Nayme’s Founder, Louise Henry, for a coffee and a little interview and I’m beyond impressed with the entrepreneurial savvy of this twenty-something beauty fresh out of university! In addition to launching her business late last year, Louise is also a model with Elmer Olsen in Toronto. Beauty and brains!
How was Nayme born? The inspiration for Nayme came to me while I was on a family vacation in Florida. I was in a little tourist shop and was drawn to the personalized key chains to see if my name was there. It was then that I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to have a personalized gift that was high-quality and more meaningful? So, I came up with The Nayme Necklace. I knew the idea was original and it satisfied my creative side, so I jumped right in. This led to a summer of sketching with my best friends and building my business in the fall!
Describe the design process. It starts with a name. We research the origin and meaning and this provides the initial inspiration for the pendant. Designing with that concept in mind is fun, because it challenges us to portray the meaning in a creative and genuine way. We aim to design classic, yet original pieces, inspired by the women we envision wearing them.
Describe the Nayme woman in 3 words.
Confident. Sentimental. Elegant.
Who inspires you? I’m inspired by successful female entrepreneurs like Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx), who built her empire toting products around in a backpack, and e-commerce savvy Sophia Amoruso (CEO of Nasty Gal), who has built a vast and loyal customer base.
What’s next for Nayme? We’re designing new pendants so that every woman will be able to find The Nayme Necklace for her.
Search for your Nayme in the online shop! Can’t find it? No worries! You can request a custom solution and they’ll be in touch. Each Nayme necklace is priced at $130 (CDN) and in my opinion, it’s a worthwhile investment for something you can wear with pride for years to come. It’s a thoughtful gift idea for the ladies in your life too!
Which is why I’m VERY excited to be giving one away!!!
Enter for your chance to win your very own Nayme necklace using the Rafflecopter form below. At a minimum, you must leave a blog post comment telling me what your name means! You can gain additional entries through social media! Contest closes on Tuesday March 12 at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!