Happy Valentine’s Day – History of the Heart Symbol

'Romance de la Poire' Heart Methaphor

‘Romance de la Poire’ Heart Methaphor

As a history buff, I always like to learn about the origins of symbols, designs and icons. One of the most ubiquitous symbols in jewelry is the heart shape. It has been emblematic of love, specifically romantic love for ages. So we did a little digging to learn more.

The first depiction of the heart as a symbol of love comes from the medieval times, in an illustration in a french manuscript from the 1250s called Roman de la poire, or “romance of the pear”, in which a kneeling lover offers up a pinecone-shaped heart to his beloved maiden. The shape evolved over the next few hundred years, and the modern “scalloped” heart that we see today has been used on playing cards since the late 15th century. Have learned a bit about playing cards from Wolf Hall.

For the queen of hearts in your life, or to show your love — check out our necklaces, earrings, and rings featuring the heart.

Diamond Double Heart Pendant, Half Carat, 18K White Gold

Diamond Double Heart Pendant, Half Carat, 18K White Gold – $1,495

Red Enamel Heart Ring, Sterling Silver, Award Winner

Red Enamel Heart Ring, Sterling Silver, Award Winner – $100

Child's Red Heart Enamel Earring, Sterling Silver

Child’s Red Heart Enamel Earring, Sterling Silver – $40

King Of Hearts Cufflinks, Nickel Plated Base Metal

King Of Hearts Cufflinks, Nickel Plated Base Metal – $50

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