In Japan, it's tradition to mend broken pottery with gold. In the end, the renewed piece is stronger and more beautiful than it was before. Emilie Shapiro uses a similar technique to form her sterling silver heart pendants. First, she cuts each slightly askew heart from a sheet of silver, then she "breaks" the piece by cutting it in half. By adding gold fill to reconnect the halves, Emilie creates a heart imbued with more strength and beauty than the original. "Sometimes life's challenges lead to the strongest bonds," she says. Wear it to celebrate your own fortitude in the face of adversity, or give it to someone who's stuck by your side, even through tough times. Handmade in New York City.