Ancient Romans may not have built Rome in a day but they are solely responsible for modern-day love and romance. Though the Catholic Church recognizes three saints by the name of Valentine, Valentine’s Day, may in fact have roots in pagan beliefs as a festival celebrated by ancient Romans to commemorate fertility and avert evil spirits.
The 17th and 18th century saw the holiday become more popular but it wasn’t till the 1840s that Valentine’s Day cards were manufactured specifically for the holiday. So, when, where, and how did the ritual of giving jewelry start? Read this blog for details.
It all Started with the Industrial Revolution
We can thank the Industrial Revolution for this wonderful tradition. By the mid-1800s the world had seen the first printed Valentine’s Day card, the cocoa press had been invented which meant chocolates were suddenly all the rage and the metal press meant significant improvements to jewelry design.
All these things led to retail giants of the time, located in the U.S., collaborating with jewelry designers to position their pieces as luxurious and affordable gifts for more than just special occasions. Valentine’s Day was one such day they targeted.
How Does It Apply Today
Roses are red and violets are blue, and nothing symbolizes eternal love like precious stones do. This holds especially true of diamonds and rubies. In all their glistening glory, they add that sentimental touch to your gift. Ruby and diamond engagement rings are seen as timeless because they capture that essence of passionate yet sensual love, just like the stones within.
Flowers inevitably fall apart and chocolates get eaten, but jewelry lasts forever. If you’re looking to get Valentine’s Day Jewelry for your significant other, head on over to browse our collections. Our jewelry is ethically sourced, designed in-house and manufactured locally in New York.
We have an array of rings, earrings, and pendants for you to choose from. If you’ve found the love of your life, we also offer emerald cut diamond engagement rings, opal engagement rings vintage, and unique sapphire engagement rings with a 100% money back guarantee.