I Heart Valentine’s Day Heart Pendants

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?

Tiffany Small Heart Pendant, $165 Retail

Tiffany Small Heart Pendant, $165 Retail

Another nice Tiffany design, I like the rose gold with the silver:
Tiffany Double Heart Pendant w/Rose Gold, $675 Retail

Tiffany Double Heart Pendant w/Rose Gold, $675 Retail

 

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:  

Blue Nile 1/4 ct Curved Heart Pendant, $455 Retail

Blue Nile 1/4 ct Curved Heart Pendant, $455 Retail

Very sweet piece, love the pearl, and it’s a steal at $60:
Blue Nile Heart Lariat w/ Freshwater Pearl, $60 Retail

Blue Nile Heart Lariat w/ Freshwater Pearl, $60 Retail

This should lay right in the hollow of the neck, like a little kiss:
Blue Nile Infinity Heart Pendant, $480 Retail

Blue Nile Infinity Heart Pendant, $480 Retail

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:

Platinum Diamond Heart Slide, $1025 Retail

Platinum Diamond Heart Slide, $1025 Retail

I like the bezel setting for these diamonds–no prongs to catch on anything, and it’s a clean look:

C. Gonshor Diamond Heart Pendant, $2895 Retail

C. Gonshor Diamond Heart Pendant, $2895 Retail

 

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:

Wendy Brandes Diana Pendant, $6000 Retail

Wendy Brandes "Diana" Pendant, $6000 Retail

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):

Wendy Brandes 18kt Sophie Pendant, $7000 Retail

Wendy Brandes 18kt Sophie Pendant, $7000 Retail

Romantic: You are inspired by vintage designs and can’t get enough of delicate scrollwork.

Pretty, affordable, and reversible silver heart from Lois Hill:

Lois Hill Sterling Silver Reversible Heart at Nordstrom, Retail $198

Lois Hill Sterling Silver Reversible Heart at Nordstrom, Retail $198

Romantic, yet kind of contemporary at the same time:

14kt White Gold Diamond Scroll Pendant, $1850 Retail

14kt White Gold Diamond Scroll Pendant, $1850 Retail

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):

Orlando Orlandini 18kt Gold  and Diamond Heart Pendant on Velvet Cord, $3970 Retail

Orlando Orlandini 18kt Gold and Diamond Heart Pendant on Velvet Cord, $3970 Retail

A heart that is not really a heart, big look for the $$:

14kt White Gold and Diamond Heart Pendant, $1149 Retail

14kt White Gold and Diamond Heart Pendant, $1149 Retail

Classic, gorgeous, CANNOT GO WRONG (other carat weight sizes available):

Blue Nile Platinum 2 Carat Diamond Heart Pendant, $3300 Retail

Blue Nile Platinum 2 Carat Diamond Heart Pendant, $3300 Retail

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