It’s a Sign: Symbol and Icon Jewelry

Here’s a style that’s been around since, well, forever: symbol jewelry. From religious icons dating back to the Renaissance to Victorian hearts and snakes, and on to art nouveau’s birds, shapes of all sorts have been adorning the necks, wrists, and fingers of jewelry wearers for a long, long time. We’ve picked up new symbols along the way—like the emoji—but there’s a lot of old influence rooted in even the most modern pieces (think crescent moons, crosses, hearts, stars, and the like). The preferred methods of wearing such symbols of late are tiny charm-like iterations, and if you ask me, they’ve never looked better. The most difficult part? Deciding which one to choose.

Mjolie charm bracelet

Charm bracelet in 14k yellow gold with 0.07 ct. t.w. diamonds, $420; Majolie (also at top)


Persona Emoji pendant

Tears of Joy emoji pendant in sterling silver with CZ, $55; Persona

Pyrrha anchor signet ring

Anchor signet ring in reclaimed sterling silver, $224; Pyrrha

Sydney Evan rainbow heart necklace

Rainbow heart necklace in 14k yellow gold with sapphire, ruby, and emerald, $1,410; Sydney Evan

ZDNY cross charm huggie earrings

Cross charm earrings in 14k rose gold with 0.26 ct. t.w. black diamonds, $720; ZDNY

Le Vian pineapple pendant

Pineapple pendant in 14k honey gold with 0.04 ct. t.w. chocolate diamonds, $379; Le Vian Chocolatier

Oh My Got eye cufflinks

Lucky Eye cufflinks in 18k white gold with sapphire and diamonds, $5,500; Oh My Got

Artistry Ltd. Celeste pendant

Celeste necklace in 14k yellow and white gold with 0.18 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,020; Artistry, Ltd.

KC Designs black diamond heart pendant

Heart pendant in 14k white gold with 0.2 ct. t.w. black diamonds, $575; KC Designs

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