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Style & Design

In our hearts

Romantic or empowering, this classic motif is making a comeback.

By Rachael Taylor

The beauty of a heart is that it means something different to everyone. To some, the shape is romantic and delicate. Others see strength and empowerment. There are saccharine hearts, edgy hearts, retro hearts, colorful hearts, feminist hearts and simple heart silhouettes. Interpretations of this classic theme are myriad.

And if you have attended any jewelry exhibitions in the past year, you will have noticed that the humble yet versatile heart is enjoying a revival.

Hearts, indeed, cover a broad spectrum and are malleable in the hands of a designer. But the more exciting à la mode heart jewels fluttering off the bench are pop-inspired. Flushes of color — particularly the classic red and pink hues — or bold retro elements give these pieces a fashionable playfulness.

Texture is important, too, as designers experiment with stamping, engraving, and using clusters of gems to create multiple dimensions. There’s romance in the air, but these are big-girl hearts, not pretty-princess fripperies.

Nana Fink
Sophistiquée 18-karat rose gold necklace with Andean opal, malachite, chalcedony, diamonds and pearls.

Nora Kogan
Big Love ring in 14-karat yellow gold with a white enamel heart and blue sapphire-set lettering.

Sig Ward

Garbo heart-shaped enamel earrings in 18-karat yellow gold.

Laurence Vandenborre
Love pendant in 18-karat yellow gold with a diamond and a cluster of colored gemstones in mixed cuts.

Nadine Aysoy
Catena pendant with yellow sapphires in 18-karat yellow gold.

Alice van Cal
Heart Halo earrings in 18-karat rose gold with central diamond studs and removable pink sapphire-set heart jackets.

Suzanne Kalan
Small Heart stud earrings in 18-karat rose gold with baguette-cut diamonds fanning out from a central round diamond.

Aisha Baker
The Ever After ring with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and a pink tourmaline in 18-karat yellow gold and enamel.

Image: Stocksy

Article from the Rapaport Magazine - March 2020. To subscribe click here.