Would you believe if I told you that the symbol of love – the heart shape – has origins as far back as the Ice Age? The ancient Egyptians and Greeks regarded it as the centre of the soul and life. But it was not until the Middle Ages that it emerged as a symbol of sincerity, courage, purity, which was then perpetuated throughout the 1700s and 1800s in western culture.
Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co. perhaps offers a wide variety from “Return to Tiffany”, centred around the maison’s iconic heart-shaped tag, and “Keys” interpreting the everyday namesake object in fanciful silhouettes, to Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Peretti and Paloma Picasso’s designs. www.tiffany.com
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Bulgari gives the enduring symbol a contemporary twist in the Bvlgari-Bvlgari Cuore collection, which comes in pink gold, mother-of-pearl and pavé versions. Our favourite will have to be the ring with a flippable heart featuring the logo on one side and pavé diamond on another. www.bulgari.com
Even more minimalistic yet contemporary is Chopard’s Happy Hearts collection. The mobile diamonds is an iconic style that has been updated with open work, mother-of-pearl, black onyx and turquoise. Wear the pieces alone or create a set with bangles, bracelets, earrings or necklaces. www.chopard.com
Instantly recognisable, Cartier’s Love and Trinity collections are firm favourites on a jewellery enthusiast’s list. The former offers a strong silhouette and clean lines, while the latter plays up the traditional ring design with entwined bands. Eternal or inseparable? Your choice. www.cartier.com
Van Cleef & Arpels
Van Cleef & Arpels’ time-honoured 4-leaf clover has been a celebration of luck and love since the design debuted in 1968. The many Alhambra lines – Vintage, Magic, Sweet, Pure, Lucky and Byzantine Alhambra – are proof of just how much creative grounds can be found on a simple leaf. www.vancleefarpels.com
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