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Heart pendants, perfect Valentine’s gift jewelry

Ideal gift ideas for Valentine’s day, these hot off the pliers Hearts are available on my web-store at: www.wrappedtogo.net

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Rhodochrosite heart in silver jewelry

Rhodochrosite heart in silver jewelry

Turquoise heart

Turquoise heart

Blue Topaz heart jewelry

Blue Topaz heart jewelry

Pink Kunzite heart pendant

Pink Kunzite heart pendant

Madeira Citrene heart pandant

Madeira Citrene heart pandant

Amethyst heart in silver pendant

Amethyst heart in silver pendant

Double-sided Amethist heart jewelry

Double-sided Amethist heart jewelry

Dichroic glass heart pendant

Dichroic glass heart pendant

Double sided Sodalite heart jewelry

Double sided Sodalite heart jewelry

Synthetic Ruby heart in gold pendant

Synthetic Ruby heart in gold pendant

Rhodochrosite heart in gold wire pendant

Rhodochrosite heart in gold wire pendant

Victoria stone/Imori stone heart

Victoria stone/Imori stone heart

History of Valentine’s Day

Rhodochrosite heart wrapped in gold wire pendant

Rhodochrosite heart wrapped in gold wire pendant

 The history of Valentine’s Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today.

In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century.  Early ones are made of lace and paper.   By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes.  Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged.  Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s.

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Citrine heart pendant wrapped in gold wire