This uplifting pendant utilizes deep symbology from at least two cultures. Wikipedia says, “The heart shape (♥) is an ideograph used to express the idea of the “heart” in its metaphorical or symbolic sense as the center of emotion, including affection and love, especially romantic love.” From the History site, the following tale of origins of its use may or may not be completely accurate but the story is compelling nevertheless. “The heart shape is recognized the world over as a symbol of romantic love and affection, but its historical origins are difficult to pin down. Some believe the iconic pictogram is derived from the shape of ivy leaves, which are associated with fidelity, while others contend it was modeled after breasts, buttocks or other parts of the human anatomy. Perhaps the most unusual theory concerns silphium, a species of giant fennel that once grew on the North African coastline near the Greek colony of Cyrene. The ancient Greeks and Romans used silphium as both a food flavoring and a medicine—it supposedly worked wonders as a cough syrup—but it was most famous as an early form of birth control. Ancient writers and poets hailed the plant for its contraceptive powers, and it became so popular that it was cultivated into extinction by the first century A.D. (legend has it that the Roman Emperor Nero was presented with the last surviving stalk). Silphium’s seedpod bore a striking resemblance to the modern Valentine’s heart, leading many to speculate that the herb’s associations with love and sex may have been what first helped popularize the symbol. The ancient city of Cyrene, which grew rich from the silphium trade, even put the heart shape on its money.”
Uplifting Messages Written in Kanji
Kanji are the characters used in Japanese writing, adopted from Chinese. This logographic writing style is quite popular across the world for its beauty and grace. Widely adopted into western culture as tattoos, and, in this case, jewelry, the symbolic nature of the Kanji is often seen outside of its native culture.
The combination of the heart and kanji brings together two deeply meaningful symbols to create a powerful intention in a piece of jewelry.
We use a sandblasted background texture on the heart and a very light semi-lustrous matte finish on the Kanji which gives the object a soft look.