Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. February 14th is known for spending time with one’s significant other and exchanging cards and gifts to show their love.
Although Valentine’s Day’s origin is a bit fuzzy, it definitely does not consist solely of cupids and hearts. You’ll find information about Valentine’s legends below, but first, we want to focus on modern day Valentine’s Day and the gift of heart!
We are no stranger to hearts. We love crafting these cuties in all shapes and forms from a single classic petite heart with an initial to the more elaborate infinity heart. Here are just a few of our favorites that would make a perfect handmade Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart, daughter, or even your best gal friend.
Now, for you nerds, here is more information about the history of Valentine’s Day:
3 Popular Legends of Valentine
1. The Christian Priest named Valentine: Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for soldiers because he believed unmarried men made better soldiers. The Christian priest, Valentine, performed secret weddings for Roman soldiers. Valentine is said to have given hearts cut from parchment to the soldiers to remind them of their vows.
2. Christian Priest named Valentine, V2: Valentine was persecuted as a Christian by Roman Emperor Claudius II. The Emperor tried to convert Valentine to Roman paganism. Valentine rejected this and then tried to convert the Emperor to Christianity. Before the Emperor had Valentine executed, Valentine healed his jailer’s daughter and signed a note to her as “your Valentine.”
3. Lupercalia: Lupercalia is the ancient Roman pagan festival for fertility that was known to be celebrated during the middle of February. Some think the church assigned the St. Valentine’s feast day to coincide with Lupercalia to “Christianize” the festival.
Other Valentine’s Day Trivia
When was the first mention of Valentine in a romantic sense?
In Chaucer’s Parlement of Foules (1382), he wrote:
“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”
When was the first Valentine sent?
In 1415, Charles, Duke of Orleans, wrote a poem to his wife while he was a prisoner in the Tower of London. He wrote:
“I am already sick of love, My very gentle Valentine…”
Poetry, candy and flowers are swell, but jewelry lasts longer…just like legends. To see more than just our creations of Valentine heart jewelry, visit our Etsy shop.