Modern heart charms are very beautiful, but I have a special place in my heart for vintage antique heart charms, especially from the Victorian period.
When looking for vintage heart charms, you can find some lovely replicas that are made by jewelers today. Because the vintage styles are popular, many modern jewelers have adopted similar styles when making heart charms.
However, if you want the genuine article, a vintage antique Victorian heart charm, then you will have to search through collectors' and resellers' inventory for estate jewelry. Ebay is my favorite place to search for treasures, because there are so many people on Ebay with genuine vintage jewelry that can't be found anywhere else.
There is never a wrong time to give a romantic heart charm to your spouse or children, but they do make wonderful gifts for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, or special birthdays.