I am a total adherent¬†to the “thought that counts” school of Valentine’s gift giving, but sometimes that thought counts just a little more when you really know your sweetheart’s taste.¬†There’s nothing wrong with classic jewelry from big-name designers, but if you have¬†someone special in your life who likes her heart necklaces just a bit funkier than most, here are a few I have my eye on.



Rose gold heart necklace with clear sapphires by Amelia Rose
The clear pave sapphires set into a rose gold heart pendant (well, gold-plated sterling) are blingy in a very modern way. There are other styles too, in various combos of hot pink, black, silver and gold. ($129, Amelia Rose Design)


Black onyx heart pendant with arrow toggle clasp

Black onyx heart pendant with small diamond charm

I’ve gasped¬†at this Finn Onyx Heart Necklace since I first saw it online. I might have even clicked back a few times, just to gawk. The black onyx heart pendant is so cool on its own, but that rose cut diamond charm makes it a little more special. And the arrow toggle clasp in back? Very nice touch. ¬†($1300, Barney’s)

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K20 by Karen Ko Pop Love Heart Necklace in gold

I love Karen Ko jewelry so much, I could officially be called a collector now. But one thing I don’t yet own: this wild Gold Pop Love III necklace. The pendant is made from 24k Swarovski crystals which dangle from five chains like a deconstructed bib necklace. Now…what to wear it with? ¬†($270, Amazon.)

K20 by Karen Ko Pop Love white heart necklace with spike

She’s exclusively selling on Amazon now (whoo! Free Prime shipping!) so browse and you’ll find a few other nifty heart designs in her collection. Like the¬†Pop Love Spike Heart Necklace that we featured last year¬†in red. Though¬†this year I’m kind of drawn to the white.

Mini black diamond heart necklace by Kacey K

Kacey K makes some very cool modern jewelry, and I really dig her¬†Mini Diamond Heart Necklace, especially in black. It’s so small and delicate, it’s like making a statement without trying too hard. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem available in time for Valentine’s Day shipping at this point, but this is one I could wait for. ($450, Charm & Chain)

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