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)

Related: Valentine’s Day jewelry ideas for modern gals

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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