These 2 heart-shaped tealight candle holders have been handmade in our studio in Italy and come with two white tealight candles included. They sit perfectly apart but truly look the most beautiful when they are brought together. They make the perfect anniversay, wedding, engagement or birthday gift. The intricate and traditional carving skills have been passed down over several generations. The ancient rare stone is called ‘Pietra Leccese’, a beautiful limestone found only in southern Italy. It is formed from the accumulation of many layers over 6 million years and contains shell, coral and algal fossils. This can result in the creation exhibiting quite a lot of shades of white. The stone is not treated nor manipulated but carved in its beautiful raw state, so the finished sculpture can also be rich in what may seem like insignificant white/grey lines, flecks or semicircles but these are actually precious fossils. Color variations, the presence of small fossils and any minor carving imperfections make sure that no 2 pieces are the same. This is not a conveyor belt plaster of Paris Made in China creation. It is a piece of Italian history, heritage and beauty. The discolorings in the stone are simply proof of the stone’s history and authenticity. Minor imperfections tell you that it was entirely handmade. Each creation comes beautifully packaged in an elegant gift box which includes the stone’s background and English and Italian statements highlighting that the creation was entirely handmade in Italy. We also include a lovely message card in an effort to write in your own words what you need to say with this unique creation and another card with a map of Italy showing exactly where the creation was ‘born’. The hearts are nicely presented in the gift box in a small cellophane bag and then safe by shredded paper which comes in plenty of random colors. Please note, photos are for reference only. Each item is handmade so there may be slight variations in color and size.