Heart Jewelry - A Symbol of Love

Throughout the ages, some symbols keep recurring and also keep their original intended meaning. One of those is the heart.

In traditional art and folklore, the heart symbol seems to have always been drawn as a stylized shape. The fact that it is called a heart is somewhat controversial, since it only vaguely resembles the human heart. The question is often asked "Why isn't the heart symbol depicted by the actual shape of the human heart organ?"

The heart symbol as we know it today, was very popular in the Victorian era. The Victorians loved the romantic heart shape and embellished it many ways. They were not the first to use it but it flourished during this time period.

There are many opinions as to the origin of the stylized heart form. The Catholic church claims that the symbol of the heart originated when Saint Margaret Marie Alacoque had a vision in the late 17th century. She claimed that she saw a vision of a heart shape surrounded by a crown of thorns.

The silphium plant has also been suggested as the source of the heart symbol. The silphium plan was used in ancient times as an herbal contraceptive and its seed pod resembles the stylized heart form so popular today.

Another thought is that the heart emerged as a symbol for love in Pompeii because brothels in the city used the heart shaped symbols to depict human breasts and sexual organs. The symbol was used for tattoos during late ancient times and it spread quickly with the seafaring vessels of the time period.

The traditional heart shape became very popular again in the early 20th century on St. Valentine's Day cards. In addition to being a symbol of love, the heart also refers to spiritual, moral and emotional messages. It has long been seen as the core of a human being.

Heart jewelry is classic. Today it is a simple way to say "I love you". Heart jewelry comes in many different settings, from a simple heart shape to a piece lavishly embellished with gemstones or diamonds. People often give heart jewelry for weddings or anniversary gifts, but it will be especially popular this week, on Valentine's Day!

Carol Speake

Finishing Touch Vintage Jewelry


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