Every year on the 14th of February, the world celebrates love. It's a day nobody takes for granted. Whether you're in a relationship or not, chances are, you know what Valentine's Day is, and you're probably doing something too.
It could be a gathering with loved ones or that special someone. Valentine's Day allows us to appreciate all sorts of love- the plutonic, the romantic, the familial and more.
But where did this special day come from?
The Legend of St. Valentine
The world celebrates Valentine's Day on 14th February. Also known as Saint Valentine's Day, it honours early Christian martyrs named Valentine. At first, it originated as a Christian feast day, a religious celebration for the departed Saint Valentine.
However, with time and due to folklore, it has become a significant cultural and commercial celebration of romance and love.
The history of Valentine's Day is traceable to the early Roman Empire. History calls early Christian martyrs Valentine, and that's one of the stories we have on the festival's origin.
The other story, of course, is more famous and dramatic than this one.
According to legend, a priest named Valentine in Rome spoke against a decree introduced by Emperor Claudius II where marriage for young men was outlawed. Against the Emperor's wishes, Valentine helped marry young lovers in secret. Emperor Claudius found out about his scheme and ordered his death.
Another legend suggests that the Emperor killed Valentine after he helped Christians escape from Roman prisons. Similarly, according to another belief, the imprisoned Valentine fell in love with his jailor's daughter, and the Emperor killed him.
The story claims that he wrote a letter to the young maiden before his death where he signed it off as ''Your Valentine''- an expression used today when giving away gifts on Valentine's Day today.
In the letter, St. Valentine is said to have professed his love for the jailor's daughter in a beautifully articulate, sing-song letter. While some legends claim that the girl reciprocated feelings for the martyr and stayed faithful until the end of her days, other narrations claim that she rejected him.
This rejection propelled St. Valentine to give up and succumb to the tortures unleashed upon him by the Romans, and he died of a broken heart.
The Legacy of St. Valentine's Continues
No matter which version you prefer, there is no doubt that each variation of Valentine's Day comes with similar lessons of love and heroism. These narrations became popular in France and England over the middle ages.
Over time, we've seen Valentine's Day explode into a globally celebrated holiday.
But whatever its origins may be, there is no doubt that Valentine's Day is beloved by almost everyone.
Rekindle Your Romance with Our Selection of Valentine's Day Rings
Everyone celebrating Valentine's Day wants to do something different or romantic for their partner.
And what better way to celebrate this day than buying jewellery?
Rings are the epitome of affection in almost every culture. After all, we wear wedding and engagement rings to show our commitment to our partners.
Rings on Valentine's Day come in the shape of a heart and are available in all colours and sizes. You can choose to have a heart-shaped gem on your loved one's ring or have the heart engraved inside the metal.
How to Choose A Ring?
It's important to know the ring's purpose before buying it. For example, a wedding ring is heavier and bolder than a promise ring. Check whether you prefer gold or silver, diamonds or bronze. You also need to consider the ring size as it must be the perfect fit on your partner's fingers.
Getting a ring is a perfect gift for your partner on Valentine's Day. It represents loyalty and luxury. Jewellery is valuable, and gifting your partner a ring is the perfect gesture to highlight their importance in your life.
So, don't look back now!
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