Symbols are the most direct way to communicate without words. Where did the heart shape come from? Most people would agree that it does not really resemble the shape of the actual human heart. There are varying theories about the origins of the heart image. Some theorize that the shape comes from seed of the silphium plant, which was used in ancient times as an herbal contraceptive. But whatever the origin, today the heart symbol is associated for its universal message of love. Just for fun, here are some heart icons that Allovus created for the Emoji project. Happy Valentine’s Day!