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The Initial Necklace

Your everyday signature piece that's perfect for layering.

Love Notes

"This was exactly what I was looking for - amazing quality, very stylish but feels strong and durable. Jess was also such a legend to deal with!"
— Rose Cox


Handmade to order just for you.

30 Day Returns

Gold filled & gold vermeil.

Tarnish resistant and shower safe.

*Updated* Gold Vermeil Initial Charms

We recently redesigned our Initial charms with a new manufacturer, and they are gorgeous! Handcrafted with 2.5 microns of gold over sterling silver, they were made to be resilient and durable for everyday wear.

This design change was made to improve the shape of some letters and prolong the wear of the charms (as they get touched regularly) and I wanted them to last for a long time!

We've chosen gold vermeil for our new (and future) charms to ensure a uniform colour match, resilience, and ability to craft intricate designs.

Please note that the chain, spring clasp and birthstone charms (if you add one) are gold filled—for now.

Why gold filled and vermeil?

Gold filled and gold vermeil are the best choice when you can't opt for solid gold when it comes to durability.

What is gold filled?

Gold filled is a base layer of jewellery's brass with 5% gold heat bonded over the top to form a thick, durable layer, plus a protective coating.

What is gold vermeil?

Gold vermeil is a base layer of sterling silver with at least 2.5 microns of gold electroplated over top, plus a protective coating.

They are both excellent choices for long lasting jewellery that looks and behaves like solid gold, without the solid gold price tag.

Why choose one over the other?

They are both great choices, just different techniques! The only problem with gold filled is that it is limited in it's application to flat designs (think chains, which are made up of tiny cylinders, or discs). Whereas gold vermeil can be used to create any design, no matter how complex.


A personalised Initial Necklace for yourself or a loved one.

Handcrafted using gold filled and gold vermeil materials, this necklace is the perfect staple to build your signature jewellery collection, and can be worn everyday. Wear yours as a reminder of your inner power and radiance, and let it connect you to the divine within.

Each necklace is handcrafted with your choice of initial, and the option to add as many genuine birthstone or initial charms as you'd like to represent yourself or loved ones.

Necklace includes 16" (41cm) curb chain and 1x Initial of your choice.

Want to add multiple birthstones? Click here to select more.


• Findings and chains are 14K/20 gold filled.
• MDF Initial Charms are gold vermeil, stamped S925 and 2.5 microns of gold over sterling silver.
• Initial charms vary in size but average 4mm wide and 6mm tall.
• 16" (41cm) long 1.2mm thick curb link chain.
• Perfect for layering.
• Nickel free, tarnish resistant and shower safe.
• Safe for sensitive skin.

Care Instructions

Find our care guide here.

Maison de Femmes uses a selection of Gold Filled, Sterling Silver and Gold Vermeil metals to create high quality, long lasting, skin-friendly and tarnish resistant jewellery you'll treasure for a long time.

Each piece comes with an 8-month warranty. Please get in touch with us at if you have any concerns with the quality of your jewellery.

30 Day Returns

All items (excluding final sale and earrings for hygiene reasons) are eligible for 30 day returns.

We offer a refund or credit voucher for the return of jewellery in original condition.

If you purchase a necklace or bracelet but it's not quite what you were after, please get in touch to arrange a return within 30 days of receiving your item.

Contact to arrange your return.

Read our full Returns Policy here.

Shipping Information

I offer both Authority to Leave and Signature on Delivery. If you are concerned about lost or stolen parcels, please choose Signature on Delivery. You can find out more at shipping.

Get the right fit

Please check the necklace or bracelet length under the 'details' tab on the product page to ensure a comfortable fit.

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The Initial Necklace


Make it your own

Add extra Initial Charms and real Birthstones to represent your loved ones. A gorgeous gift for new mums, or to represent each member of your family. Don't forget your furbabies!

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Absolute heirloom.

When I say I was looking for a quality initial necklace for months, I wasn't exaggerating. I reached out to Jess after wanting to have multiple initials instead of birthstones as an option, and she worked with me on combinations and considerations for placement and how it would sit to ensure I was completely happy before purchasing. Lastly, having the option of extended chain length is fantastic (as a bigger person, the chocker/short necklace trend just isn't inclusive!) as I can wear it comfortably on the daily as I always wanted. I'm so glad I found MDF and invested in this piece, it won't be the last.

Thank you for the kind words and photo, Jessica! Xx

Beth M
So heartfelt and stunning

I brought this necklace for myself with my partners initials and birthstone. I love it so much. It’s so beautiful and understated. I have only had it a few days and I’m getting so many compliments. I’ve just purchased a necklace for my partners 3 girls. I hope they enjoy theirs as much as I love mine xx

10/10 would recommend

Bought this necklace as a birthday present for a close friend and it was absolutely stunning. The addition of her birth stone was perfect! She was so so happy with it and I’m beyond happy with how it turned out!!



What is Gold Filled?

Gold filled materials are made by heat and pressure bonding 5% (or 3 microns) of gold to brass sheeting or wire, giving it a super thick coating of gold that won’t tarnish, scratch, or rub off.

With reasonable care, it should last as long as solid 14k gold jewellery. Skin-friendly, it is safe for most people with metal allergies. Excessive moisture when stored can reduce the lifetime of the piece.


Frequently Asked Questions


Australian Shipping

Standard Shipping (Tracked)
3-6* business days.

Express Shipping (Tracked)
1-2* business days.

Priority + Express (Tracked)
1-2* business days.

Jump the queue! Get your order handmade and shipped first with Express Shipping.

When will my order ship?

*Time frames are a guide only. There are delays across Australia thanks to the ongoing Covid-1 pandemic. We cannot be held responsible for items not being delivered within given timeframes.

Please Note: Orders are handmade to order and will be shipped within 5 business days. The given shipping timeframes are for after your item has shipped!

New Zealand

Standard Shipping (Tracked)
3-5 business days*


Standard international
Timing depends on destination.

Shipping Prices

Find the most up-to-date shipping pricing here.


What's the deal?

Receive 10% off your first order of full priced items when you sign up for the Maison de Femmes newsletter and texts. Discount will be sent to your email address—please check your junk folder!

How many times can I use the discount?

Discount code can only be used once per person.

Does it apply to shipping?

Applicable shipping fees apply, unless your order is eligible for free shipping.

Are there any limitations?

Offer not available in conjunction with any other discounts or coupons. Sorry, no rainchecks and cannot be applied retroactively. Does not apply to gift cards, individual charms or sale items.

Help! My discount code won't work.

If you have any issues with your coupon, please email me before placing your order as the discount amount will not be refunded after an order has been placed.

Gift Boxes & Jewellery Pouches

Orders under $100

Orders under $100 will be gift wrapped in our signature sun and moon tissue paper.

Orders over $100

Orders over $100 will be shipped in either a complimentary jewellery pouch or gift box, at our discretion and depending on availability.

One pouch or box per order. Please let me know if you do not want a pouch or box in the comments at checkout.

Can I purchase a box or pouch?

Yes! If you would like to purchase additional pouches or boxes, you can do so here.

Care Instructions

General Care

Avoid water where you can. While you can get me wet, I’ll last longer if you take me off before you shower or swim.

Let’s sleep separately. I’m delicate and need my space. Please take me off before bed so we can both get our beauty sleep.

Store me somewhere safe. While I look pretty in the sunshine, please keep me in a jewellery box or pouch when you’re not wearing me.

Wipe me down. Using a soft cloth, feel free to gently polish me to a lush gleam.

I like it au naturale. Soap, shampoo, lotion, perfume and hairspray look better on you than me.


In addition to General Care:

Natural and synthetic stones are both subject to the Mohs hardness scale: where 1 is talc and 10 is a diamond. Depending on where your stone falls on this scale determines its hardness.

Water, damp and exposure to sea salt can damage stones and their settings, which is why it’s best to take them off if possible before showering or swimming. If they do get wet, dry them thoroughly and let them air dry before storage.

Serpent Chain

Stay slinky:

To keep your Serpent chain looking slippery, take extra care, as it cannot be repaired.

Shed your Serpent before you sleep (i.e. take it off before bed!) and make sure to store it nice and flat.

Don’t twist or bend the chain, as it’ll be impossible to uncoil those kinks.

Avoid soap and perfume, and wipe down with a soft cloth.

Freshwater Pearls

Pearls may come from the sea, but once they’re out of their shell they’re super delicate. Getting them wet can cause them to erode, so it’s best to take them off before you shower or swim.


Made from high quality materials that last

Maison de Femmes uses a selection of Gold Filled, Sterling Silver and Gold Plated and Gold Vermeil metals to create high quality, long lasting, skin-friendly and tarnish resistant jewellery you'll treasure for a long time.

8-Month Warranty

Each piece comes with an 8-month warranty. Please get in touch with us at if you have any concerns with the quality of your jewellery.

Refunds & Returns

Refunds & Credit

Due to hygiene reasons, earrings are considered final sale and strictly ineligible for exchange, refund or store credit.

Refunds or exchanges are not eligible for change of mind. Store credit will be offered at our discretion.

Exchanges, refunds and store credits for the cost of goods originally paid will only be issued upon Maison de Femmes receiving and verifying that the returned products are eligible. Refunds will be made via the original payment method. Shipping fees are strictly non-refundable.

All sale items are considered final sale and are not eligible for an exchange, refund or store credit. 


Note that the cost of the return parcel will be borne by the customer.

We recommend shipping the parcel with the most cost effective shipping that is available, that includes tracking.

There is magic within.