Dog Tag Necklaces: All Your Questions Answered

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Dog tag necklaces were originally part of the military chic fashion trend. Now, you can find gold dog tag necklaces everywhere. Read on to learn all about the history of this piece and where it stands today.

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Whether you enjoy the strength in the symbolism of this piece or simply love the trend, our collection is sure to have the dog tag necklace for you.

What Are Dog Tag Necklaces?

Dog tag necklaces have become a prominent fashion trend. Originally a form of identification connected to the military, these necklaces involved a stylized dog tag pendant which is then paired with a chain necklace.

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What Is The Origin Of Dog Tag Necklaces?

Dog tag necklaces were long associated with militaries, as a means of identification. This dates back as far as the Roman Empire and Qing Dynasty. These pieces have evolved to also be used as a form of medical identification. While the materials have evolved, the original purposes continue.

As the military chic trend in fashion grew, dog tag necklaces were included in this aesthetic. These pendants have grown to be the fashion-forward pieces we know and love today.

Why Are Dog Tag Necklaces So Popular?

Their bold look, as well as their ability to be casual or elegant, have certainly helped their popularity. Dog tag necklaces look great alone or layered with other pieces, another reason they are so beloved. And of course, they can also be easily personalized with a meaningful engraving, making them a great gift.

14K Yellow Gold Fancy Black Enamel Dog Tag

Are Dog Tag Necklaces For Men or Women?

While primarily thought of as a style for men, these necklaces are great for everyone! Remember, their original purpose as a means of identification was meant for all members of the military. And the dog tag necklaces in our collection are so stylish, that we’re sure everyone will want one!

14K Yellow Gold Mini Dog Tag Necklace

Top Reasons To Wear A Dog Tag Necklace

If trendy and bold weren’t reason enough, there are even more reasons to add one of these to your collection! Check it out:

Symbolism

Many people appreciate the symbolism of the military affiliation. Whether you simply appreciate your armed forces or have a family member who served, the original use and meaning of these pieces only add to their style.

14K Yellow Gold Ribbed Dog Tag Pendant

Personalization

Many people choose to engrave their dog tag necklaces. Whether you go with identifying information or a meaningful turn of phrase, this is a great way to give a bold piece a personal twist.

Versatile

The simple yet bold style of gold dog tag necklaces, like many pieces in our collection of gold jewelry, ensures they will easily go with most looks. Their ability to look good alone or layered adds to their versatility. These pieces look so good you’ll never want to take it off! 

FAQs

What are dog tag necklaces made out of?

While the materials have changed over time, at James Allen, our dog tag necklaces are made out of 14K gold.

Can anyone wear a dog tag necklace?

Absolutely! Dog tag necklaces are great for men and women, and in fact, can be a great idea for couples or pairs. Wear them as the new and improved best friend forever necklaces or as a form of commitment before going for that engagement ring.

How do I take care of my dog tag necklace?

Here are some helpful tips to keep your new dog tag necklace as shiny as the day you got it!

  • Remove it before sleeping
  • Don’t wear it around harsh materials or chemicals
  • Remove it before swimming in chlorinated pools and saltwater
  • Remove it before participating in strenuous activities such as the gym
  • Store it in its own cloth bag
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Can I engrave my dog tag necklace?

Unfortunately, at James Allen, we do not provide this service.

Make A Statement

Dog tag necklaces make a stylish statement. Their military chic aesthetic combined with historic symbolism, along with their wearability and versatility, make them an ever-popular choice.

Wear it alone or layer it with other pieces, take it from work to date night, from brunch to dinner, and shine all the way.  These pieces are a great way to showcase your personal style, so get yours today!

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With over 10 years of experience writing and editing on a wide variety of subjects, Sarah is a veteran of the content world. Since joining James Allen, she has focused on all things diamonds and fine jewelry with the goal of educating and empowering consumers.

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