Are Heart Necklaces Tacky?
A decade ago, most heart-shaped jewelry was sold in the form of cutesy gifts peddled out of tacky stores. And then there was the Tiffany heart necklace that was done to a murderous death. Tacky indeed. Back then, many of my clients had no issue when I asked them to donate their heart-shaped jewelry during their closet purge. Some, however, were bummed out by a life without hearts. To them, I said, “Chin up, my friend. My fashion rule that trumps all other fashion advice is this: if you love it, we’ll make it work.”
For those clients, I always kept an eye out for modern heart-shaped jewelry. In my journey, I started to find the most perfect pieces. As the search continued, I personally started to fall in love with heart necklaces, heart earrings, heart printed skirts — you name it. I must admit though, I have always fancied heart-shaped sunglasses thanks to Drew Barrymore in the film Boys On The Side, but now I am a super fan of almost all things hearts. And what a time to be. There is so much fresh, aka non-tacky, heart-shaped jewelry now.
I am especially enamored with chic heart jewelry at the moment having just returned from San Miguel de Allende, the “heart of Mexico.” This magical city is reminiscent of Bruges and is only a couple hours from Mexico City. There were so many gorgeous boutiques selling heart-shaped necklaces. I was so overwhelmed by the extensive selection I couldn’t even purchase one. When I came back home, I decided to seek out the perfect heart-shaped necklace as a memory of the trip — and just in time for Valentine’s Day.
In short, there are plenty of tacky heart necklaces available, but there are also chic, fresh, and innovative options, which I have collected for us below. But before we get to that, let’s talk more about how to avoid a tacky look with heart-shaped jewelry…
The No-No’s of Heart-Shaped Jewelry
Below I have listed examples of tacky heart-shaped jewelry. They are tired shapes and styles we have seen produced ad nauseam since the early 80s. They have no interesting details and the proportions between the chain and the heart are off. There is nothing fresh about them. These are the tacky heart necklaces everyone is thinking of when they Google “Are heart necklaces tacky?” which we found out is indeed a popular search when we started creating this post.
- Bloomingdale’s Open Heart Pendant Chain Necklace
- Bloomingdale’s Diamond Heart Pendant Necklace in 14K Yellow Gold
- Lauren Hope (This is just a tacky design, period.)
Since we are on the topic of what not to wear, there are also some fashion tips I would like to share with you once you find your perfect modern, heart-shaped jewelry. Even if you have selected an innovative heart-shaped piece from below, there are some outfit pairings I would like you to avoid with them. Here is what NOT to wear with any heart-shaped jewelry:
- Baby doll dresses
- Overly feminine dresses
- Empire waist top or dress
Are you sensing a theme? Basically, you want to avoid anything too girly with this hyper-fem jewelry. We want to create more of a juxtaposition of style when sporting heart-shaped jewelry.
How To Wear Heart Shaped Jewelry
As I mentioned, heart-shaped jewelry can easily get too young or too cute. To prevent this cutesy look, pair your heart-shaped jewelry with androgynous pieces, like a suit. I also love heart shaped jewelry with sleek, sophisticated pieces like a blazer dress or a matching silk blouse and pants. And you can’t go wrong pairing heart-shaped earrings or a bracelet with a t-shirt and jeans.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, pair your hearts with outrageous or bold pieces for a maximalism look. If you are a long-time follower of Ulla Johnson’s Instagram account, you’ve seen her rock her Foundrae heart necklace with the most stunning bold pieces for such a spectacular look. I dare say, she single-handedly brought heart jewelry into fashion-forward territory, but I will stop rambling. Below are the best heart-shaped jewelry, from unique heart necklaces to chic heart earrings and bracelets that I am LOVING.
Bloomingdale’s Black & White Diamond Heart Pendant Necklace
This unique heart shaped necklace is available at Bloomingdale’s.
art class™ Girls’ Resin Heart Drop Post Earrings
These cute heart shaped earrings are available at Target.
Lana Jewelry Mini Heart Pendant Necklace
This chic heart shaped necklace is available at Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Etsy Handmade Heart Hoop Drop Earring
These handmade heart shaped earrings are available on Etsy.
Argento Vivo Heart Y-Necklace Gold
This lariat heart shaped necklace is available at Amazon.
Kendra Scott Haven Heart Front to Back Hoop Earrings
These earrings are available at Kendra Scott, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus.
Foundrae Custom Heart Love Token Story
This unique heart shaped necklace is available at Foundrae.
Moon & Meadow 14K Yellow Gold Heart Chain Drop Earrings
These unique heart shaped earrings are available at Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Kurt Geiger London Eagle Head Heart Pendant Necklace
This stylish heart shaped necklace is available at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and Dillard’s.
Bloomingdale’s 14K Gold Medium Heart Stud Earrings
These polished heart shaped earrings are available at Bloomingdale’s.
Meira T 14K White & Yellow Gold Diamond & Sapphire Heart & Evil Eye Charm Necklace
This heart shaped necklace is available at Bloomingdale’s.
Brinker & Eliza 24K Gold-Plated Heart Medallion Necklace
This 24k gold heart-shaped necklace is available at Neiman Marcus.
Ink + Alloy Juliet Falling Hearts Earrings Brass
These charming heart shape dangle earrings are available at Ink + Alloy.
Ink + Alloy Laura Heart Earrings
These chic heart shaped earrings are available at Ink + Alloy.
Moon & Meadow 14K Yellow Gold Diamond & Enamel Heart Pendant Necklace, 18″
This yellow gold heart shaped necklace is available at Bloomingdale’s.
ALLSAINTS Broken Heart Pendant Necklace
This gold heart shaped necklace is available at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and ALLSAINTS.
BaubleBar Sheri Earrings
This pair of gold heart shaped earrings is available at BaubleBar.
Moon & Meadow 14K Yellow Gold Heart Disc Pendant Necklace, 17″
This heart shaped pendant necklace is available at Bloomingdale’s.
Aqua Heart Drop Earrings in 18K Gold-Plated Sterling Silver
These adorable heart shaped earrings are available at Bloomingdale’s.
Shein Color Block Heart Drop Earrings
These color block heart shaped earrings are available on Shein.
Moon & Meadow Enamel Heart Pendant Necklace in 14K Yellow Gold, 18″
This enamel heart shaped necklace is available at Bloomingdale’s.
Argento Vivo Heart Cuff Bracelet
This heart cuff bracelet is available at Bloomingdale’s. Pair it with gold hoops or a gold bar necklace. Do not pair with other heart-shaped jewelry pieces.
Sizing Tip: It will work on most wrist sizes since you can squeeze it shut and stretch it open.
Bloomingdale’s Pavé Diamond Heart Pendant Necklace
This diamond heart shaped necklace is available at Bloomingdale’s.
Ink + Alloy Christina Ombre Earrings Hot Pink
These cute heart shaped earrings are available at Ink + Alloy.
Stylish Heart-Shaped Jewelry From Years Past
I originally wrote this post in 2011. I’ve left these photos below for nostalgic purposes. Whenever I update older posts I love to hold on to a collection of images as a bit of a time capsule.
Lele Sadoughi Dried Floral Heart Earrings
These Lele Sadoughi Dried Floral Heart Earrings are simply gorgeous.
SUGARFIX by BaubleBar Metallic Heart Hoop Earrings
Argento Vivo Pavé & Mother of Pearl Starburst Heart Pendant Necklace in 14K Gold Plated Sterling Silver, 16″-18″
Zoë Chicco 14K Yellow Gold Itty Bitty Heart & Key Drop Single Stud Earring
This heart and key earring by Zoë Chicco is sold as a single stud, so you’ll need to order two if you want to wear one in each ear.
Chanel Vintage Necklace
An old-school Chanel ’93 CC Heart Necklace. This one has three strikes against it: branding, heart-shaped, and expensive — yet, it is still fabulous. You can get vintage Chanel on Farfetch, eBay, and The RealReal.
Show your love for yourself and wear both or give one to your best gal. That is the choice you have with these Gorjana Friendship Heart Bracelets.
What great choices!
Thank you so much! xo