Let me share with you a little secret. The heart shape that we all know so well has nothing to do with the heart beating inside our chest. And by nothing I mean NOTHING! But then it leaves us to question, if the shape wasn’t based on our most primed organ, then what was it based on? We will delve into understanding the origin of this popular shape and why it is so famous throughout the world today.
When thinking of the shape of the heart, it brings up connotations in our mind of love and romance. Perhaps this is because it is based on the image of two swans kissing; swans, the symbol of grace, elegance, beauty and calmness. When the swans bend their necks downwards, it evokes a feeling of humility, just how women over the years have been expected to act.
This shape is not as modern as we may believe it to be. It actually dates back to the 7th century, to the city of Cyrene, home of the North African plant silphium. Cyrene was famous for the trade of this rare plant which, due to it’s unique properties, was used as a form of birth control. However, as a consequence of its high demand and thus over harvesting, the plant soon became extinct. The government tried their hardest to have more silphium cultivated as it had such medicinal value. However, it was no use; the plant could not be farmed. As the plant was so important to the economy of the city of Cyrene, the government had coins made representing the silphium seed pot which in actual fact was the shape of the heart that we know today.
I love hearts. I used to love being a child and scribbling on my notebooks during class I♥(Insert whichever guys name I thought was cute at the time. It changed weekly!) Over the years I outgrew this habit, but I never outgrew the fun of hearts. And nor did I have to. They are everywhere. Even my sticky notes which seem to decorate my desk are heart shaped! And why not, they keep things amusing and keep me happy.
Heart shaped jewelry has this unique element of fun and is made accessible for all ages. It makes a gorgeous gift when buying for a loved one or even for yourself! It’s easy to wear and somehow always seems to looks effortless when worn. A heart shaped piece of jewelry will never date, thus making it the best item of jewelry to buy when young as you will have it for years to come. This being said, buying heart jewelry when older is also just as beautiful.I have seen some of the most beautiful heart rings being personalized with names of loved ones or made to sparkle with crystals or diamonds.
Heart shaped jewelry is great to give at any occasion and will always be welcomed with open arms. Be it a heart shaped ring or a midi heart shaped ring, whatever you choose it will make your hands sparkle. The heart shaped stud earrings for pierced ears are my favourite, ideal to invest in as once they go in, you will not want to take them out! Or for a more romantic gift between loved ones, why not try the two initial heart charm infinity bracelet. It’s one of those pieces that really say you are in it for the long haul. But one the pieces that I am just obsessed with has to be the 3 heart disks mother necklace which is made personalized with a name on each heart shaped disk to really make it special. I have never seen anything like it and cannot wait to have this made for someone special to me. The choices of heart shaped jewelry is in abundance and all the better for it. For pieces that you will be wearing for years to come, now is the time to invest in your heart shaped jewelry.