Updated: Feb 8
While some people claim Valentine’s Day is simply a Hallmark Holiday; a way for mass marketing to get us to buy flowers, cards, candy and jewelry it’s just not true. The day can be dated back to the Roman Festival of Lupercalia of the 5th Century. Formal messages, or valentines appeared in the 1500s, and by the late 1700’s commercially printed cards were being used. In the US, the first commercial valentines were printed in the mid-1800s. These messages commonly depict cupid, the Roman god of love, and hearts, the home for our emotions. Traditional gifts include candy and flowers particularly red red rose a symbol of beauty and love, and, of course, jewelry.
A piece of jewelry is always a heartfelt gift for any occasion, certain gemstones and symbols associated with love and passion give an extra special meaning to a gift during this season.
Rubies have been used in engagement and wedding rings literally for centuries. It is said to enhance the ability to give and receive unconditional love. It is known as the stone of the heart and it rules the passions.
Rhodochrosite brings a powerful energy of love. It keeps you compassionate and understanding of your partner and allows you to show appreciation and love. The gem also known to help mend rifts that may have developed in your relationship and help you work it out with your partner to prevent it from repeating.
Pearls bring the energy of love to any relationship. It will strengthen the love that’s already there, and it will help you find the love that you seek. A pearl has been a symbol of love and union since the early ages, and the earliest account of this comes from a Hindu folklore where Krishna hands his daughter Pandaia a pearl on her wedding day. It is also believed from the Ancient Greeks that pearls being worn on a bride will prevent her from crying on her wedding day.
Since ancient times, garnet’s traditional red color was associated with the heart.
Thus, people believed garnet’s mystical purview included the power to counter melancholy, stir the heart to great deeds, and rile the passions. Garnet’s color and inner fire could also presumably stir a person’s creative energy. Garnets have been symbolically associated with life force, especially the feminine life force.
The lover’s knot or love knot has a long history as a symbol of love. It represents the unbreakable bond and eternal connection between two lovers or friends. The Celtic knots consist of unbroken loops with no beginning and end, symbolizing eternity like the love between a married couple or true friends.
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However you choose to look at these gems, shapes and meanings-like they’re imbued with meaning and history or that they’re merely lovely to behold. No sweetheart is ever disappointed by a gift that simply tells someone that you were thinking of them. Go take a peek.