Proofs of Love

I have been reading this book lately, “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. It’s a chronicle of the author’s year spent researching and implementing resolutions to try and be happier with her life and the here-and-now. If you haven’t heard of it, check out her book or her blog–who can’t benefit from a little more happiness in their life?

In the book, Gretchen mentions a quote from Pierre Reverdy, that “there is no love, only proofs of love.” My interpretation of proofs of love lean towards small touches: kind words, gracious actions, more hugs. But it occurred to me that jewelry is really a tangible “proof of love”–it’s usually given as a heartfelt expression of emotion.

Even though I feel that Valentine’s Day has morphed into a how-can-we-squeeze-some-retail-revenue-out-of-dismal-February Holiday, it does give those otherwise mute people a chance to express their romantic feelings. Here are a few ideas if you are leaning towards a lasting proof of love of the jewelry variety.

Listen to Your Heart

Your expression of love in jewelry can’t get much more tangible than a heart pendant or similar theme. I just brushed up a post I did a year ago that is still quite relevant today (check out I Heart Valentine’s Day Heart Pendants).

I also found a few more examples of lovely, sentimental hearts. In the case of this Vera Wang design in pave diamonds, two really is better than one:

Pave Diamond Heart Pendant by Vera Wang, Retail $3021.75

Pave Diamond Heart Pendant by Vera Wang, Retail $3021.75

Open Your Heart

If you are looking for something less literal, but still pretty, you could present a key to your heart that is both beautiful and romantic. Launched by Tiffany and Co. in the past year, they have created a very large collection of sizes, styles, precious metals, and some with diamonds or gems. You can choose just one, or layer them up. They range from $100 for small and simple silver keys similar to the one below to over $10,000, like this very elaborate platinum and diamond version.

Tiffany and Co. Oval Key Small Pendant, Retail $175 with Chain

Tiffany and Co. Oval Key Small Pendant, Retail $175 with Chain

So, I’ll leave you with this thought, a quote from Leo Buscaglia: “Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means.”

Maybe it’s a good thing to be reminded to give a little proof of love as simple as a spoken “I Love You”.

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