Category: Antique and Jewellery Valuers
20-22 Wenlock Road
Landline: 0800 99...
Welcome to Smythe Jewellery. We're a free to join, international, members only jewellery discount club.
Membership is completely free and has a wide range of benefits, including 25% discount of all products items and special member only deals and products. For more information about our discount club please click here.
Our jewellery is always high quality and every order enjoys a free mystery gift. We also ship internationally.
We strive to outstanding products and customer service and if we can help in any way, please contact us and as we'd be delighted to hear from you.
Are you interested in purchasing a cross necklace from an online store? Are you aware of the number of online jewellery shops that pass off fake jewellery as real? The sad part is that most people, in an attempt to save money, end up purchasing fake jewellery. In most instances, they cannot take legal action, even if they make their purchase from a store registered in their country, because it is nearly impossible to trace the owner who might be residing in a different country.
Capture the essence of your feelings with a gift selected from our high quality jewellery offerings. Celebrate your romance by presenting your love with our beautiful love heart necklace. Beautifully crafted and offered in either gold or silver designs, this heart necklace will be displayed close to her heart.
xclusive Access to Beautiful Jewellery
With your free membership to Smythe Jewellery's Jewellery Discount Club you will be able to select from beautifully crafted jewellery pieces not available to a large number of customers. Discerning members will appreciate the ability to purchase unique and not widely available pieces for their special someone. Whether you are seeking a gold heart necklace to symbolise your committed love or a silver heart necklace to shine on your romantic moonlight walks, we have the designs you want.
The Development of the Stylised Heart as a Romantic Symbol
There are several ancient stylised symbols that have recurred through the centuries. One of these ancient symbols is the heart. We must search through history to discover when the stylised shape of the heart became the iconic symbol for love. The Victorians love to embellish this heart shape in many romantic ways for decoration and jewellery. While it was popularised in the Victorian era, however, it did not originate there.
The Heart as a Christian Symbol
According to the Roman Catholic Church, in the late 1600s Saint Margaret Marie Alacoque had a vision of this stylised heart shape with a crown of thorns surrounding it. Yet centuries earlier this heart symbol was incorporated into a number of beautiful stained glass windows to represent the soul of Jesus. The symbol itself is now known to be even older than this era.
Resemblance to the Egyptian Ab
In the beliefs of ancient Egyptian times, the ab represented the "heart soul". In Egyptian lore, the heart symbolised one of the seven souls. It was the soul taken from a mother's heart and, as holy lunar blood, descended to return to the mother's womb in the form of her child.
The Stylised Heart as a Symbol of Erotic Love
Traveling as far back as seventh century BC, historians discover the heart symbol's link to erotic love. This occurred in the city-state of Cyrene in North Africa. Here was grown a valuable species of the fennel plant named Silphium. The farming and trade of this plant made Cyrene one of Africa's richest cities in the time before Alexandria was founded. Its value to the area was so great it was harvested into extinction.
Silphium only grew in the small upland agricultural zone around Cyrene. Its trade was of tremendous commercial importance to the city. According to ancient accounts, it was one of a few certain plants known throughout history as natural effective birth control. An ancient stylised symbol of the human heart was found on Cyrene's coinage, which also included a Silphium seed pod in its design and thus connecting the two ideas.
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