The Heart symbol has for a long time represented emotions of love and affection, from the late Middle Ages to current day. It is thought that the now familiar heart symbol was developed in the 15th century and gained increasing popularity in Europe during the 16th century. Jewellery from the 15th and 16th centuries differ considerably from those of today, as can be seen when comparing it with today’s modern jewellery. Unusual Jewellery Gifts give the opportunity to be unconventional and present a heart shaped gift with a difference. The depiction of love and affection, by all things “heart” shaped, can sadly also indicate that of a broken heart, when the heart symbol is split into two halves. In jewellery this is often expressed in the form of a necklace being split into two halves, both pieces having their own chain to be worn by each individual person, symbolic of being apart, but as a whole heart when together.
Loves First Depiction
Some argue that the first depiction of the heart symbol, representing that of romantic love, appeared in a manuscript dating back to the mid 13th century. In the manuscript (Roman de la poire), which roughly translated means “Novel of the pear”, the miniature found within the manuscript depicts that of a kneeling lover offering, what appears to be a heart, to a fair maiden. The object the lover is offering could be that of a pine cone, being presented inverted with the point facing in an upward direction, or as the title of the manuscript infers, a pear. Arguably the miniature does reflect romantic inclinations.
Cupid – aim for the heart
Who was Cupid and what does he have to do with love?
Cupid, the Latin word being Cupido, meaning “passionate desire or lust” has been known as the bearer of erotic love and happiness for centuries, having been portrayed in many forms, whether it be a statue or in paintings, but always being depicted holding a bow and arrow.
When thinking of Cupid, to most of us the vision is that of a Cherub infant wielding a bow and arrow, and the myth has it, that if Cupid hits you with one of his arrows, it with bring you love and happiness.
Eros, as he was known in Greek mythology, was the son of Aphrodite, but in Roman mythology his equal was Cupid, being the son of Venus, the Goddess of love. It is said that Cupid fell madly in love with Psyche, and against his mother’s wishes, Venus herself being jealous of Psyche’s beauty, Cupid married her on the condition that she never saw his face, and he only visited her at night, but with a yearning desire to see his face she one night lite a candle, but this only caused Cupid to flee in anger. Psyche wandered the earth for years searching for Cupid, only to fall into the grasp of Venus, who it is said, imposed difficult tasks upon her, this continued until she was rescued by Cupid, who’d become aware of her repentance. Psyche was then made immortal by Jupiter, which was instigated by Cupid himself.
Valentines – heart to heart
Valentine’s day, for the majority of us, is seen as being the most romantic day of the year, and certainly would be strange without the appearance of Cupid, who it can be said, has become the Valentine’s Day mascot. Of course the day would also not be complete without the traditional love “hearts“, and heart shaped jewellery is no exception. Whether it be diamond, glass or wood, the presenting of heart shaped jewellery is to show your love and affection to someone special. But why not be different next Valentine’s Day and go full out with a piece of unusual jewellery, this can still be in the form of a heart, but have a uniqueness to it, making it something just that little bit special.
Hearts – for special people
Heart shaped jewellery is not solely for giving on Valentine’s Day, it can be given any time of the year, such as anniversaries, birthdays or in celebration of a special occasion, and some deserving people, even get given heart shaped jewellery out of the blue, by a loving and caring other half or a friend, for no other reason than the pure fact of wanting to give, or simply to show their appreciation and thankfulness, a simple act of kindness and what better way to convey this than with heart shaped jewellery.
Probably one of the best known love stories of the 20th century is that between King Edward VIII of England and Wallis Simpson, his American bride, who he called his “true love”. King Edward abdicated from the throne in 1936 in order to marry Wallis, who at the time was pursuing a divorce from her second husband. One of the first pieces of jewellery presented by the King to Wallis was that of a heart charm, which was fashioned by Cartier, when opened the inscription read “The Heart Has Its Reasons“.
Adding an inscription to a piece of jewellery, that you are giving as a gift, can heighten emotions, not only for yourself, but especially for those of the recipient, showing that you have taken the time and effort to enhance the moment of giving. Although sometimes the gift maybe too dainty and delicate for a long inscription, simply adding the word “Love” communicates that extra bit of emotion, you could go even further and have the following inscribed – “Amor” being the Spanish word for love, “Amour” which is the French equivalent, and not forgetting “Amore” the Italian meaning of love. Of course, this could be in any language, but it surely adds that little extra sentiment to the gift.
From The Bottom Of My Heart
Hearts have, for many centuries, been the symbol of enduring romance and love, dating as far back as the late Middle Ages, and becoming more prominent in Europe during the 16th century, and yes, still today, the heart symbol carries the same significance.
Giving heart shaped jewellery shows emotions of love and affection, and to coin the phrase “From the bottom of my heart” emphasizes the sincerity, deep feelings and strong emotions. The origin of this phrase is believed to emanate from the emotional feelings a person has in their chest (at such times when falling in love), these feelings specifically being located in a region where the bottom of the heart can be found.
Although Valentine’s Day normally tends to be the day on which heart shaped jewellery if given as a gift, it can also be presented at anytime and for any reason, the pure fact that you love someone, and want to show these feelings, is a good enough reason anytime to present a HEART shaped jewellery gift.