Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day
Gheez, February 14 already. Wasn't it just Christmas?
I usually don't feature Valentine's Day as most of my customers/followers are women and usually men are the ones who buy jewelry for Valentine's Day. You may also notice that I don't have many "Valentiney" pieces avialable. That said, hearts in jewelry, usually are popular all year round.
Here is a Blue Heart pendant available for $20 on a nice sterling silver chain.
Yesterday, I started surfing for information on Valentine's Day and thought I'd share some of what I found. (Check out the footnotes below for more reading, if you would like)
Did you know? While 75% of chocolate purchases are made by women all year long, during the days and minutes  before Valentine's Day, 75% of the chocolate purchases are made by men.  Over $1billion of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day. (A friend who owned a gift shop confirmed the fact that men are last minute shoppers - for all gifts and all occasions.) 1
Did you Know? "February 14th was formerly thought to be the first day of bird's mating for the season. This sparked the custom of sending valentines to each other."  1
"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. 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."  2
"Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine's didn't begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois." 2
So, happy surfing, if you choose to do so.
and Happy Valentine's Day to you all