Heart pendants are one of those polarizing jewelry items: people either love them or they don’t. I think they can be wonderful–good heart design does not have to be an oxymoron. If they are done well, hearts can be beautiful and very romantic. You are wearing a tangible symbol: someone loves you!
There are a lot of hearts out there. For my edited list below, I had a few criteria I looked at carefully. Graceful design. Quality of execution (as far as I can tell online). Integration of the pendant with the chain. Value.
Find yourself (or your gift recipient) in the descriptions below and see if cupid’s arrow makes its mark.
Purist: You value good design and want something enduring.
You can’t beat Tiffany. Elsa Peretti created THE iconic design, and it’s a good value in sterling silver, and possibly gold. How else can you give the little blue box (and probably get a nice smooch) for $165?
Classic: You like simple, tailored designs and want something brilliant, but tasteful; sparkly, but not overwhelming.
Lovely little piece from Blue Nile, it’s definitely a nod to Tiffany, but a good value:
Sporty: You want good design, but you don’t want it to get in the way of your active lifestyle.
This is clean and simple, I like the way it floats on the snake chain:
I like the bezel setting for these diamonds–no prongs to catch on anything, and it’s a clean look:
Downtown: You’re a little bit rock and roll, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t a romantic.
I’m a big fan of this designer, Wendy Brandes. This is kind of spendy, but I bet it’s pretty substantial, and beautifully executed. Very organic:
Inspired by the Illusionist, ingenous twisting mechanism allows it to go from heart to oval (PS, I think this is the one I would buy if I had my choice, I love the mechanics plus it’s got over 1 carat in diamond weight):
Romantic: You are inspired by vintage designs and can’t get enough of delicate scrollwork.
Pretty, affordable, and reversible silver heart from Lois Hill:
Romantic, yet kind of contemporary at the same time:
Bold: You don’t mind making a statement with your jewelry, and you’ve never met a diamond that is too big.
An interesting, sculptural look in gold from Orlando Orlandini (note: this is large, check out the alternate images showing scale):
A heart that is not really a heart, big look for the $$:
Classic, gorgeous, CANNOT GO WRONG (other carat weight sizes available):