What began as a hand fashioned heart pin for Jean Schnaak to give to her airline pilot husband, Neil for Valentine's Day in 1994, is now, twenty years later The Loving Heart Collection by Jean Schnaak® - fine jewelry accompanied by sentimental verse cards with the purpose of expressing love for others.
The business was established in 1995 in Tennessee as Heart to Heart Jewelry. In 2003 the business was renamed and established as Loving Heart, LLC. Under the direction of Jean Cotten Schnaak in 2004 national trademarks as The Loving Heart Collection by Jean Schnaak® and the heart design mark were acquired.
Inspired by her loving parents, her husband, her career in nursing and her relationship with God, Jean continues to design gift items and handle every aspect of Loving Heart, LLC, a company dedicated to helping people express their love to others.
Achievements • Milestones
February 14, 2015 marks the twenty-first year since the first heart pin was fashioned by Jean Cotten Schnaak R.N and given as a Valentines Day gift to her husband and airline captain, Neil Schnaak.
- In 1995 the business was launched as Heart to Heart Jewelry located in Franklin, Tennessee.
In the February 13, 1996 issue of Nashville, Tennessee's newspaper, The Tennessean, Jill Clendening wrote a featured article about a Valentines Day love story surrounding the designer's story of building a business as a result of a Valentines Day gift she created for her husband in 1994. Article titled: Aw, gee, let's call it what it is: a love story - by Jill Clendening.
In 1997, the Loving Heart Pin™ received first runner up in a Peter Braums Ltd "Designing Tomorrow's Classic Award" at the Jewelers Circular Keystone Show in Las Vegas.
- In 1998 the company changed names to Loving Heart, LLC and nationally registered the name "The Loving Heart Collection by Jean Schnaak."
- Also in 1998, Loving Heart, LLC entered into e-commerce by launching the designer's e-boutique: www.LovingHeartCollection.com
In the August 2000 issue of Victoria Magazine the story about Jean Schnaak was incorporated into an article about women entrepreneurs and e-commerce entitled, Turning Passions Into Profits on the Web.
In December 2004 - New York based Jewelry Information Center (JIC) selected the Loving Heart Pin as one of the hottest gift items for men for the holiday season.
In 2005, Jean Schnaak was selected as one of QVC's Decade of Discovery entrepreneurs of the year. Designer Jean Schnaak and QVC Host, Dave King introduced the Loving Heart™ Pin to QVC viewers live from St. Louis, Missouri. Additional on air guest appearances followed.
In February 2006, Loving Heart's latest design, the Pocket Heart was featured by the Jewelry Information Center on national t.v. segments as a great new gift for Father's Day.
- In 2010 the Gems Among Us Contest was organized by Jewelers of America’s consumer education arm and the Jewelry Information Center (JIC) to recognize the individuals who make the world a better place. Sterling silver Pocket Hearts from The Loving Heart Collection by Jean Schnaak® were selected by JIC to be awarded to the nominees of the top ten essays.
Handcrafted Quality Made in the U.S.A.
Supporting American craftsmanship, each piece of jewelry designed by Jean Schnaak is hand crafted in the United States by the lost wax casting method and hand polished. Warren Buffett's holding company, Bershire Hatheway
, owns the U.S. company aligned with Jean Schnaak to create her designs.
The Loving Heart Collection by Jean Schnaak® distinquishes itself in three specific ways.
The Loving Heart™ Pin is the first pin designed specifically to be worn discreetly by a man inside of his jacket over his heart. This creation opens up a new niche in gift giving for men. Though many women wear the Loving Heart™ Pin, the concept of a sentimental yet privately worn jewelry item makes it a wonderful gift for a man in the work environment.
The second distinquishing feature of the The Loving Heart Collection by Jean Schnaak® is that each item of jewelry is accompanied by a Loving Heart™ verse card. Customers select the verse which best fits their relationship with the recipient and the occasion. The high quality heavy cardstock is professionally printed with a delicate lacy floral background and has a heart shape die strike cutout for displaying a Loving Heart™. The designer's own story compliments the back of the tent style card.
Loving Heart, LLC is committed to helping people express their love for others around the globe. To that end, Loving Heart™ verses have been translated into multiple languages.Thanks to the translation help of friends, teachers and international students at Suffield Academy, the Loving Heart™ verse cards are available in several languages. Credit and much appreciation goes to friends Brittany Dillman, Astri Sherman and Knut Vinnevolden and teachers and international students at Suffield Academy to include: Claudia Heckelmann (German translation), Keigo Shimuro (Japanese translation), My Quynh Nguyen, Valentina Azarov, Joann Suh, Li Lui, Guilherme Dietze (Portuguese translation), Demetrius Toutounas, Elaine Mitchell (Spanish translation), Gusseppe Gardin (Italian translation), Beth and Volker Krausman (German translation), Barbara Guerriella (Spanish translation)
All jewelry designs and verses written by the designer are registered with the United States Copyright Office.
A gift from The Loving Heart Collection by Jean Schnaak® is a message of love and caring. Most importantly, Loving Heart emphasizes that giving personal time even in small measure to another, conveys that you care for them. The inside of a Loving Heart™ verse card is a canvas for your own personal message. We encourage our customers to take a moment to add the finishing touch to a Loving Heart™ gift - their own personal message, handwritten.