From Mine to Store: Arman Sarkisyan’s Crazy Heart Necklace

Arman Sarkisyan’s fascination with the Sacred Heart, the Roman Catholic symbol depicting Jesus’ heart, is steeped less in religion and more in the idea of devotion. “I’ve been infatuated with the Sacred Heart for a long time,” says the Los Angeles–based designer. “For me, it’s the ultimate symbol of unconditional love.” In this one-of-a-kind necklace, Sarkisyan keeps his (gemstone) heart well protected. A meticulously cut rubellite, affixed with a 22k gold crown of thorns and burst of flame, is the literal heart of the eclectic piece. When the pendant is closed, the gem is hidden by a diamond and sapphire starburst on an engraved gold facing. The nontraditional locket opens like mini French doors to reveal the luminous heart. Creating the jewel, says Sarkisyan, was “a real labor of love.” At press time, he didn’t even have it up for sale: “Right now it’s a sho

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