Where does come from?
Along with over a dozen other heart-based emoji, the sparkling heart emoji was approved in 2010 under Unicode 6.0. A 2016 analysis of emoji use from the University of Michigan found it to be a very popular emoji: 18th most popular that year.
Across platforms, the sparkling heart emoji is a red or pink heart with white or yellow sparkles, as the screenshot from Emojipedia shows below. The glints suggests the loving feeling is glistening with joy, warmth, and positivity. Awww.
Who uses ?
As with many other heart-based emoji, the emotional range of the sparkling heart emoji is extensive.
It can express romantic love ...
— 운모 🌺 (@escobedomica_) June 14, 2018
... familial love ...
I love my sisters so much💞💖💕💗💓💝 pic.twitter.com/AzwAaIDDqh
— Mer (@MeerARMY) June 14, 2018
... even feline love.
— Tammy Lemley (@TammyJLemley) June 14, 2018
The twinkles of the sparkling heart emoji can convey someone is in love, as if "seeing stars" thanks to their celebrity crush, their hubby, or a few of their favorite things.
Wow I’m in.... 💖💕💘love💞💓💗
— Grandma Grace (@Graceblike) June 12, 2018
I’m gone spoil my husband.💖💖💖💖
— barbie doll👑 (@alexistiarra) June 7, 2018
I'm In love With These Tapestries 😙💖
— Ashley (@AshleyGazx) June 9, 2018
As the above tweets show, the sparkling heart emoji is often paired with other heart-based emoji or used in sequence for extra squishy emphasis.
The sparkles in the emoji also evoke glitter, so the emoji sees plenty of use for glittery makeup and other products.
More is more when it comes to glitter 💖 pic.twitter.com/lMdRutajXe
— tintti (@tintintti) June 9, 2018
For all its affection for friends, family, and significant others, the sparkling heart emoji also sees a fair amount of use for manly feelings.
We mustn’t encourange unkind words and bullying of any form! We must work together to encourage love, kindness and compassion. Today is #StandUpToBullying Day. Get involved and share how you are standing up! ✌🏼💖 pic.twitter.com/7lUGMVaXBg
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) June 13, 2018
I hope everyone is good, you deserve the world 💚💖💚💖💚
— #willycardiac (@willycardiac) June 14, 2018
My dear bro, this looks absolutely fantastic!! Wishing you love, unprecedented success & #EidMubarak...🤗💖
@AdnanSamiLive, June, 2018
Bio-glitter is made of plant cellulose vs. the typical micro-plastic. Make the switch to biodegradable and start living guilt-free when applying glitter this festival season. 💖
@basscouture, June, 2018
I bloody LOVE seeing people show off their other half & just openely expressing how much they love them, like what is better that seeing someone obsess over someone 🤗🤗💖💖 ahah how soppy i am x
@Elliee_morris, June, 2018