I cannot quite believe we are in February already…a month associated with love and the giving of hearts, cards, chocolates and flowers!
Share the love
I have long held the belief that it should not just be reserved for lovers alone and that we should all spread a bit of love to one another. Simple gestures of kindness far out way the giving of extravagant gifts, but we all know how nice it is to receive something special from the ones we love, as well as an occasional mystery card or gift that might come in the post!
A little bit of history
An early theory about how Valentine’s Day was initiated dates back as far as 278A.D. when it is said that the Roman emperor Claudius II, needed to maintain a plentiful and strong army. Claudius became concerned when he was having difficulty recruiting soldiers into the military and he believed that Roman men were unwilling to commit to serve because of their family attachments. So, to avoid this problem Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine who was a temple priest, became aware of this injustice and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret but he was found out and subsequently beheaded…Not so much of a romantic end for him!
Another less violent theory is that in 496A.D. Pope Gelasius I established a Valentine’s Day feast, this would allow the church to christianise the Roman pagan festive of Lupercalia, a festival held to ward off evil spirits and release health and fertility.
The giving of gifts however, came much later. It is said that the giving of cards became popular as early as the 16th century when it became common-place to give a Valentine’s card as a show of affection. The giving of flowers became prevalent Valentine gifts in the 17th century when roses, which are the symbol of love, were given by lovers. However, my favourite gift…the giving of chocolates as a Valentine’s gift became popular in the UK during the 19th century when Richard Cadbury created the first heart-shaped box of chocolates especially for Valentine’s Day.
Through the passage of time the true meaning of St Valentine seems to have been interpreted in many different ways but I think we can all gather it is a time for counting our blessings and sharing a bit of love and kindness with one another.
Why not try and create your own family Valentine’s Day traditions, you never know, in a few hundred years everyone might be doing it!
Our new seasons jewellery collections also shares the love
At Blue and Grey we could not let the month of February go by without our own twist on love through our beautiful heart necklaces, bracelets and rings available in both gold and silver finish.
For the lovers of hearts, our Adore necklace and Adore ring collection is a simple but beautifully delicate design in a choice of gold or silver. The necklace has a beautiful heart motif on a simple box chain, including an adjustable chain length making this a very versatile piece.
The Adore ring features a side on heart in an everlasting loop, simple but perfectly formed.
Our Faith necklace and Faith bracelet are equally stylish and simple. The Faith bracelet has a double chain, one of box with a heart motif and the other of small interlinked hearts. It has an adjustable clasp to fit all wrist sizes and is finished with a solid heart charm.
The beautiful diamante Shelly bracelet is such a pretty, delicate piece and can be worn both in the evening for a little sophisticated glamour or to a add a little sparkle to your day time look.
Adore, Faith and Shelly are great for layering or wearing as a stand alone pieces. They are ideal for mixing and matching with each other or great additions to pieces you may already have in your own jewellery collections.
Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all and what ever gift choices you make enjoy this glorious month of love and kindness.