Love Is Where The Heart Is

“What is exciting about jewelry as tokens of romance is the extraordinary range of symbolism used throughout civilization to send messages to the adored one,” says Lynn Ramsey, president of the Jewelry Information Center in New York City. “This symbolism can be as obvious as the heart or as clandestine as the communication in acrostic jewelry, in which the first initials of the gems spell out a message [for example, 'regard’ indicated by ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond].” This style was a favorite from the late 18th century on. Here are some other symbols. The heart The heart is undaunted as love’s most popular icon. In 1843, on her third wedding anniversary, Queen Victoria wrote in her journal about a gold brooch, a crowned heart set with gemstones and freshwater pearls from Scotland: “My beloved Albert gave me a lovely brooch ... which I am delighted

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