Of all the styles of jewelry, heart pendants remain one of the most symbolic pieces. Throughout history, pendants adornments hanging from a cord or chain have held great meaning, whether it be protection against evil spirits or devotion to a deity. The ancestors of modern heart pendants are still being excavated from archaeological sites throughout the world. Even more intriguing than why humans began wearing pendants is how the modern-day symbol for the heart was born and how it came to represent love. To fully understand the meaning of heart pendants, one must consider the deep emotional value of both the pendant and the symbol of the heart.
Pendants have been a mainstay in jewelry trends since ancient times. During the Late Bronze Age in Egypt, from 1570 to 1200 B.C., pendants and amulets honoring deities and animals were frequently worn as good-luck talismans and protection against evil. According to Boston University, archaeologists have uncovered pendants in 13th-century Egyptian burial sites and altars, and the jewelry was likely offered to the gods or used to decorate statutes of deities. Materials commonly used to construct ancient Egyptian pendants include faience, bone, shell, metal, plaque and gold. Archaeologists have also discovered pendants made of glass at ancient dig sites in Israel.
The valentine heart has become the symbol of love, but the origin of the symbol itself is in dispute. According to Slate magazine, the symbol mimics the shape of a now-extinct North African plant's seedpod. During the 7th century B.C., this silphium plant provided the African city-state of Cyrene with a lucrative trade. The plant was commonly used as a seasoning, but it was also believed to serve as a form of birth control. Some speculate the heart-shaped seedpod became associated with sex, and the shape eventually began to represent love.
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