By Amanda L Colborn
In honor of Lady Gaga’s recent engagement (and her heart-stopping diamond ring), we’re celebrating the heart symbol and the heart cut diamond.
Lady Gaga’s engagement ring
Did you know that we can trace the heart symbol all the way back to the Ice Age era? It’s true. Cave paintings have been discovered with this symbol that trace back to the Ice Age. Though we do not know what this symbol meant to the cavemen who drew them, we do know that it was important enough for them to often paint it on the inside of their cave walls.
Cave painting from Cro-Magnon era
The mysterious symbol continued to show up throughout history, among several different groups of people and cultures. For instance, the ancient Romans actually used the symbol on their currency.
Coin from ancient Rome
However, it is important to note that this symbol was not associated with the anatomical heart at all, actually the symbol for the ancient Romans was representative of the silphium plant which was used as a form of birth control in the city-state of Cyrene.
The heart shaped symbol then became a very important aspect in the religion of Christianity. The Sacred Heart, representing Jesus Christ and his love for the people. With the spread of religion and ideas throughout the Middle Ages, eventually the symbol became a familiarity throughout the world. People began regularly associating the heart symbol with all aspects of love, however, no one is still 100% clear on how the symbol took on its universal meaning of love or why it took on the name “heart” even though it is clearly not shaped like the anatomical heart.
With its origin shrouded in mystery, one this for certain. When you present the woman you love with a heart shaped piece of jewelry, it means only one thing. She is the woman you love and you expressed that without even having to say the words. The shape says it all.
Here are several gorgeous examples of heart shaped jewelry that you can surprise your partner with any time of year!
Heart cut diamond engagement ring with halo from Steve Padis Jewelry
The Fulfillment Heart Pendant from Hearts On Fire
2.00 carat heart cut diamond ring from Tiffany Co.