Virginia and Tony create these lovely hearts by hand at 2000 degrees Fahrenheiht using no molds. The 23K Italian gold leaf is fused permanently on the surface. The glass gets hot and moves and stretches. This causes the gold leaf to separate and form a beautiful design on the surface. Hearts vary in size and shape slightly and hand signed by the artist. Each Medium Heart of Gold comes gift boxed with a heartwarming card.
The Hearts of Gold are a wonderful thank you gift or hostess gift for that special person or event. The heart shape is the universal symbol of romantic love. The heart shape is an ideograph used to express the idea of the “heart” in its metaphorical or symbolic sense as the core of emotion, affection, and love. Ancient Egyptians believed that the heart epitomized life and morality. The Greeks held that it controlled reason, thought and emotion. It’s possible that the Greek association of ivy with the god Dionysus (the god of sensual things) led to the heart being identified with romantic love.
The Medium Heart of Gold rose out of prototypes put forward to honor works of love, service and understanding in the care giving sector of our society. The original heart submitted for approval was made using a cranberry color which is achieved by melting gold metal in the crystal.
pa*per*weight (n). A small, heavy, often decorative object placed on loose papers to hold them down. Also known as collectible, contemporary objects of beauty.