These fanciful hearts are at once lovely and unexpectedly pleasing, just like their namesake, ''milagro,'' which means ''miracle'' in Spanish. Colorful and detailed, they are perfect symbols for a heart in love. (As anyone in love knows, there is a lot going on with the heart during that simultaneously electric and sweet time.)
The company that imports these fair trade ornaments was started by two women who were interested in preserving the traditional crafts of Mexico. They have since expanded their business to include working with artisans and fair-trade cooperatives in India.
Handcrafted by artisans there, the Milagro Hearts are rather like their own little miracles, bringing fair trade working conditions and fair payment for the artisans' work.