New York City. June 11, 2019. Hearts were the most widely featured motif of all the 2019 Las Vegas jewelry trade shows. From small necklace charms to sweet stud earrings, hearts were hot! My favorites, though? All the pendant necklaces with hearts, which provide a prominent perch for maximum viewing pleasure for others.
While the heart jewels shown below are innovative, super pretty, and wearable, many folks have a love-hate relationship with the heart. It’s been abused in some cheaply made designs, thus poisoning the minds of many who think it’s only for kitsch. But with fresh eyes upon the heart, it can recover and gain ground as a covetable silhouette. Some of the designers working with hearts (see jewels below) weigh in on the why behind their chosen symbol.
Theresa Kaz, Theresa Kaz Jewelry
“Two years ago I came across some carved opal hearts at the Tucson gem shows. I didn’t grab them and have regretted it ever since. On the plane home from the shows, I sketched some heart designs with tapered baguettes. Two weeks after the pieces came out of production, a fire burned down our home, and I really felt that my hearts were born out of love after our fire, making them special.”
Krista Trpvovski, Imperfect Grace
“I designed hearts while being pregnant with my son (I’m due at the end of July). I’d never been a heart person before, and it wasn’t about following trends; it was about revealing love and having a second child. My son has been with me through this heart journey! There is a lot of love in our household, and I do tend to channel that in my designs. In fact, I designed this particular heart as a push present to myself.”
Joon Han, Joon Han Jewelry
“I’ve always loved hearts, as I feel hearts express positive emotional energy, such as love, happiness, and gratitude. I had designed heart jewelry for myself and my line, with diamonds and my signature colored gemstones. So, when I came across this beautiful one-of-a-kind watermelon tourmaline heart, I was thrilled! I love how this looks like a double heart representation, with the green heart inside the pink heart…double the love!”
Pin Cushion Heart necklace in 18k gold vermeil with freshwater pearls, $920; Rachel Quinn
** This piece was designed by the maker as her own push present.
Heart Burst necklace in 18k yellow gold with pink opal, pink sapphire, pink tourmaline, iolite, amethyst, raspberry rhodolite garnet, and diamonds, $3,400; email email@example.com at Theresa Kaz Jewelry for purchase.
Heart pendant necklace in 18k rose gold with 1.60 cts. t.w. precious gems and 1.12 cts. t.w. diamonds on a Forte candy-inspired beaded gemstone necklace, $14,160 for the necklace as shown; Carolina Bucci
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