Heart necklaces can be so cliche. But not this gold beauty. One-hundred-percent organic, made-by-nature, cruelty-free, farm-to-neck, the dove tree (Davidia involucrata) is nature’s way of saying “I love you.”
Also known as the handkerchief tree, the lovey-dovey tree grows on Bird Haven Farm. Designer Janet Mavec just couldn’t help but give a new twist to the stale heart-shaped pendant necklace. A gift for your sweet. A gift for yo-sweetself.
A heart-shaped pendant is a match-made-in-the-garden with a floral-pattern maxi dress, V-neck, or a rosebud blouse. Yeah, definitely the rosebud billowy blouse.
The dove tree blooms in the spring, and the heartleaves sport roughly 10-inch white bracts that resemble doves, handkerchiefs or ghosts.
Another word for heart-shaped is cordiform. Other coriforms include the foxglove tree (Paulownia tomentosa) and the cigar tree (Catalpa speciosa).
Plant hunter Augustine Henry traveled to China to study many species, including Davida involucrata. His writings inspired botanist E.H. Wilson to travel there for two years and collect seeds.