Think of a heart icon. We’ll all probably vision the same thing, a red colored heart. But if you stop for a second to wonder what is the origin of the heart icon, you’ll be surprised to discover some interesting facts regarding the history of this popular icon.
Perhaps the first known use of the heart shape comes from the 7th century BC, in Cyrene. In that city, at that time, a type of fennel called Silphium was a plant so highly prized for its use as birth control that it became extinct. The seeds of Silphium were shaped like hearts, making historians believe that the heart shape we know today was based upon this early form of birth control!
Another ancient evidence of using the heart icon is the Egyptian ab, or “heart soul”, which apparently bears a remarkable resemblance to the stained glass Christian iconographs. The story of the ab was that one of the Egyptian’s seven souls came directly from the mother’s heart, in the form of holy lunar blood and would descend to the womb and take the shape of her child.
From birth control to motherhood to blood (in Christianity, this icon refers to Jesus’ blood), the heart shape as we know it today symbolizes other things (better than it symbolizing birth control…), and we are here to celebrate it and Valentine’s Day with few hearty gift ideas:
Shelly Assody’s sterling silver jewelry is delicate yet powerful. Along with the heart shaped pendants, these beautiful necklaces also come along with smaller good luck pendants, so your declaration of love is augmented by luck, well-being and happiness. Who needs more?!
If a heart pendant necklace is not enough, and you want to make sure your love is always carried around, add Shelly Assody’s Silver Heart and Charms Keychains to make a Valentine’s gift set. After all, home is where your heart is…
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