Plaque Pendants Have Moved into Fine and High Jewelry

The rectangular pieces may be smaller than those often worn by hip-hop stars, but they still allow wearers to express themselves without saying a word.

What would Benedictine monks from the seventh century and the Notorious B.I.G. have in common? Not a lot, other than their plaque pendants.

Today the flat rectangular pieces — some so large they look like motorcycle license plates on chains — include a diamond-studded “Live Yours” plaque worn by the British rapper Central Cee and lots of variations on nameplates. For example, the rapper DaBaby, born Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, wears an enormous “Kirk” plaque, while the singer and rapper Bia has large diamond-set pendants with Bia

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