Are you looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your special lady this 2017 Valentines? Are you tired of giving chocolates, flowers or jewellery? Why not give her the ultimate gift of love?
Roses have long been a symbol of deep and romantic love, and an Eternity Rose expresses this kind of love. An Eternity Rose captures the beauty of a natural rose and fine jewellery into one perfect Valentine’s Day gift for her, because an Eternity Rose is a real rose that has either been preserved in a coating of pure 24 karat gold, silver or platinum, or gold-trimmed and glazed in a beautiful range of colours, designed to last an eternity.
Give your loved one a sentimental Valentine’s Day card (with sweet words of love written by your own hand) and a beautiful Eternity Rose, and watch her eyes light up. Each Eternity Rose is a delicate piece of art that your loved one will enjoy forever. This gift is sure to let that special someone in your life know how much you really care, by conveying your everlasting, endless love.
Giving roses is such a romantic tradition, but did you ever stop to think about how this tradition of giving roses, cards, chocolates and other gifts on Valentine's Day started? Read on to learn more.
The Legend of Saint Valentine
Who is this patron saint responsible for the world celebrating love every February 14th? The truth of the legend remains a mystery, because time has produced three different versions of who St. Valentine actually was.
There are three ‘St. Valentines’ recognised by the Catholic Church, each being a martyr who felt sympathy, and showed great devotion and love for his fellow man.
One legend has St. Valentine locked away in prison. After falling in love with a young woman (who was known to be the jailer’s daughter), he would write her love letters and sign them "From Your Valentine." It is believed that this is where this familiar phrase originated.
Another legend has St. Valentine living in Rome during the 3rd century as a priest. During this time, Emperor Claudius II forbade marriage. He felt that single men made better soldiers because they were not burdened by families, or otherwise distracted by their hearts. Valentine considered this as an injustice to those in love, and performed weddings in secret in defiance of the Emperor's command. When Emperor Claudius learned what Valentine was doing, he ordered the death of this man who became known as the patron saint of all lovers.
The final legend has Valentine as the hero of Roman prisoners who were being tortured and beaten. Valentine had a sincerely loving heart and soul and could not accept the abuse the prisoners were subjected to. He spent his days facilitating their escape plans. Once he was caught, he was killed for helping his fellow mankind.
Irrespective of which legend instigated the celebration of love on this famous day in February, each Valentine was a sympathetic hero whose heart was overflowing with love for his fellow man.
Origins Of Valentine's Day
Some people believe that we celebrate Valentine's Day in February to remember when St. Valentine died or was buried, which was sometime around A.D. 270. Others say it was a decision made by the Christian churches to place Valentine's Day in the middle of February, based on a desire to turn a pagan celebration called Lupercalia into more of a Christian holiday.
Lupercalia - a festival dedicated to fertility - was celebrated each February 15th by Pagans worldwide. The start of each festival involved the gathering of Roman priests from the Luperci order at the entrance to the cave where Remus and Romulus (founders of Rome) were cared for as babies by a lupa (she-wolf.)
Outside this sacred cave, the priests would sacrifice a dog - for purification, and a goat - which stood for fertility. The goat's hide would then be removed and cut into strips. These strips of hide were then dipped into the animal's sacrificial blood.
Next, the priests took to the streets, touching every women and all the crops with the bloody hides. Women were not afraid of the priests and their bloody hides; they desired to be touched because they believed this would increase their fertility that year.
During the afternoon, each available woman would place her name in a giant urn. That night, every bachelor in town would draw a name from the urn and be paired with that woman over the coming year. Although the couples were entitled to separate in the following year, many in fact ended up together in marriage.
A Day for Romance
Lupercalia was celebrated until the Christians outlawed the occasion in the 5th century. It was then that Pope Gelasius declared that St. Valentine's Day would henceforth be celebrated on February 14th.
We know that Valentine's Day was celebrated with oral greetings in the Middle Ages. The people of England and France also noted that the start of the mating season for birds was on February 14th. Many therefore believe that this may be when the love and romance of Valentine's Day was instigated.
Handwritten ‘Valentines’ became popular in the early 1400s. In 1415, Charles, the Duke of Orleans, was captured during the Battle of Agincourt. Imprisoned within the great Tower of London, he missed his wife and sent her a handwritten poem to express how he felt. This greeting was carefully preserved and is kept securely in the British Library in London. It is also widely believed that a writer by the name of John Lydgate was hired by King Henry V to write a love letter to Catherine of Valois.
Modern Valentine's Day Celebrations
Valentine's Day celebrations became popular in Great Britain sometime in the 17th century. People began exchanging small gifts as tokens of their affections; they also began writing love notes to share on this special day.
Most people believe that Americans were handcrafting their own Valentine cards in the 1700s. Esther A. Howland (often referred to as the 'Mother of the Valentine') commenced the mass-production of Valentine's cards sometime in the 1840s. Her beautiful cards were often adorned with pretty pictures, ribbons and lace.
People who could not compose verse were happily receptive to see printed cards appear in mass. The cards afforded more people the opportunity to express their love for those near and dear to their heart. In addition, the postal rates were low enough to enable people to mail Valentine's cards to their loved ones, both near and far.
Valentine's Day is now celebrated in the United States, Australia, Mexico, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom. This year, over a billion Valentine's Day cards will be shared in person, or mailed to loved ones far away. Sales of Valentine’s Day cards are second only to Christmas cards, and interestigly, approximately 85% of all cards for Valentine's Day are purchased by women. Women in particular also love to buy an Eternity Rose for their Mum on Mother's Day. You can learn more about Mother’s Day gifts here.
So why not combine your heartfelt Valentine’s card with a beautiful Eternity Rose for your loved one this year on Valentine’s Day? She will never forget this particular 14th February.