Valentine’s Day is a special time when loved ones express their love, mainly through gifts. The holiday has origins that can be traced all the way back to the Romans. The Romans used to have a festival in mid-February called Lupercalia. The festival celebrated the change of seasons from winter to spring, and during this festival, women would be paired off with men through a lottery. One could see why that tradition didn’t last too long. By the 5th century Lupercalia was no more, and was replaced by St. Valentines. St. Valentine’s Day wasn’t celebrated as a day of love until nearly the 14th century.
Who St. Valentine was, has been long debated, some say the name was taken from a priest who was martyred around 270 CE by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus. Supposedly, the priest signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter, who he had befriended and healed from blindness. Others believe that St. Valentine was a man that once defined the 3rd century Roman emperor’s orders and married couples in secret to spare their husbands from having to go to war.
Valentine’s Day cards started to appear in the 1500’s and by the 1800’s they were being commercially printed nearly everywhere. In the 1840’s a woman by the name of Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass produced cards in the U.S. She made elaborate creations using lace, ribbon, and colorful scrap pictures. She was, and still is considered the “Mother of the Valentine.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year.
Many people like to give candy, cards, and stuffed animals for Valentine’s Day, but here at Hegeman & Co. we believe jewelry beats chocolate any day. Scroll down to see some of our favorite Valentine’s Day themed pieces.
14k yellow gold heart key pendant with one solitaire diamond available for $140
14k white gold studs with red sapphires weighing 0.64ct surrounded by a 0.18ctw diamond halo. Available for $1575.
18k yellow gold band with one 0.39ct pink sapphire. Size 7 but sizable. Available for purchase for $1300.
18k white gold bands with diamonds weighing 0.30ctw and diamond/heart cutouts. Size 8 3/4 but sizable. Available for $1150.
Left: 14k yellow gold 1.55ct tourmaline studs available for $400. Right: 14k white gold 1.77ct pink sapphire studs available for $790.
Corio & Company sterling silver pendants. Call for pricing.
18k white gold heart necklace with pink sapphires weighing 0.43ctw and two diamonds weighing 0.03ctw available for $750.
14k yellow gold love knot rings. See previous “Love Knot” post for details.
14k yellow gold ruby heart studs weighing 1.70ct. Part of set, call for pricing.
14k white gold 1.64ct ruby pendant with one 0.05ct solitaire diamond available for $1250.
Call or visit the store to purchase any of the pieces featured above.