Tag, This Jewelry Is It

This may be one of my weirder statements, but tags have been playing a noticeable role in my life as of late.

Tags are on everything, it’s just, when do you ever have occasion to notice them? Unless they’re one of the evils that serves to annoy you, in the form of a scratchy piece of fabric on your T-shirt or undergarment—those are the worst.

For all those who have kids, you’ve probably realized that babies are weirdly obsessed with tags, right? Give them a soft, plushy toy and what do they care about? Its tag. My daughter is finding the tag on everything, and making it her business to chew it into a mushy glob.

Italgem Steel dog tag pendant
Dog tag pendant in steel and carbon fiber, $119; Italgem Steel

But we can appreciate a good tag at any age—for those of us old enough to hold a job (or, ya know, walk and form words), they’re just in a different form. You know where I’m going with this: tag jewelry.

Joelle onyx tag pendant
Pendant in blackened gold with onyx, turquoise, and diamonds, price on request; Joelle

The popular dog tags are the most obvious form that instantly comes to mind, but just as tags on clothing and other objects come in different shapes and sizes, so does the jewelry.

W Britt multi stone pendant
Pillar pendant in yellow gold–plated silver with lapis, agate, and howlite, price on request; W. Britt


Propose Too x Chris Ploof engaged pendant
Engaged tag pendant in stainless steel with 1.5 mm diamond, $99; Propose Too x Chris Ploof

Tag pendants are fantastic for layering (there’s something so effortlessly sexy about one grouped with a few strands of chain), and, particularly in the case of those that can be personalized, they make beautiful gifts.

Simon G diamond tag pendant
Pendant in 18k white and rose gold with 1.62 cts. t.w. white and 0.23 ct. t.w. pink diamonds, $7,326; Simon G.

It’s one of those “anytime” styles, just as much a self-purchase as one for a special occasion. Therefore, it’s a sure bet for the holidays. A mother shopping for her fashion-obsessed teen, a woman buying something nice for her closest friend, and me. Buying something for myself. (What else is new?)

I. Reiss dog tag earrings
Dog tag earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.3 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,750; I. Reiss

Top: Dog tag pendant in 14k yellow gold with 0.15 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; I. Reiss

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