Jewels from the heart for Valentine’s Day

Wearing your heart on your sleeve or someone else’s heart near yours – that’s a tradition that goes way back. If you love vintage or antique jewelry, you’ll find plenty of examples to choose from. You can also find variations on the heart theme from some of the world’s most famous jewelry designers and artists, including Salvador Dalí, and talented studio jewelers such as Cornelia Goldsmith, whom I’ve profiled here before.

Cornelia Goldsmith heart pendant

Heart pendant of 18k white gold with 22k yellow gold granulation, yellow sapphire and diamonds by Cornelia Goldsmith (

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This gold and enamel pendant watch (left) by Golay Deresche, Geneve, c. 1820 sold for $8,867 at Christie’s Hong Kong in November 2011 and the limoges enamel cherub pendant (right) of gold and pearls by Carlo Guiliano, 1884, sold for $74,500 at Sotheby’s NY in February 2011



Georg Jensen bird heart









Heart ring of sterling silver (left) by Regitze Overgaard, 2012 ($360, and Georg Jensen Heart & Bird pin, early 20th century ($575,





Hearts by Thomas Mann: Collage Milagro of sterling, bronze and brass ($230,  and Heart Pond brooch, 2000, (right) of silver, aluminum, micarta, laminated acrylic


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“I Carry Your Heart” necklace, inspired by an e.e. cummings poem, of hand-stamped and etched sterling, brass and tin ($215, and Scattershot necklace of silver and recycled tin ($110,

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Two from Pat Flynn’s heart pin collection:

Garden Gate of sterling & 18k yellow gold and Ball and Chain of sterling, 14k  & 18k yellow gold (

Related posts:

Valentine’s Day: a heart-shaped world

Pat Flynn: diamonds and nails

Cornelia Goldsmith: nature with a twist

Neil Lane: reviving Renaissance Revival


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