Valentine's Day: A Quick History and Gift Guide

Valentine's Day: A Quick History and Gift Guide

At Jewelry Creations our slogan "where love inspires us every day" is more than a slogan. It’s our mantra. So, as you can imagine, we are all about a holiday that celebrates love! Valentine’s Day is coming right up, and I’m not gonna lie, we’re getting excited!

I started off thinking that this blog post was just going to be a simple gift guide, but then I started looking into the origins of Valentine’s Day, so I figured what the heck, let’s talk about that too! If you’re interested in “just the gifts” then jump on down to the Gift Guide Section. Otherwise, keep reading to learn a little about the origins of this holiday that revels in love and romance — it won’t be too long, I promise!

Origins of Valentine’s Day

I did some research, and no one really knows for certain who this mysterious Saint Valentine is. There seem to be three candidates from which to choose1 – a priest in the third century in Rome that fought an unjust order that prevented soldiers from marrying; Saint Valentine of Terni, a bishop that ministered to persecuted Christians during the Roman Empire; and Saint Valentine that helped Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. There is one thing that each of these Saints had in common, though – beheading. Eeek.

The sources do tend to agree, however, that Valentine’s Day started as a feast day in February by Pope Gelasius I in AD 4962. But, it's more current incarnation started in the 1400's and appears to be associated with the “love birds” of early spring, memorialized by Chaucer in his poem, “Parliament of Foules”3.

“For this was on Seynt Valentynes day, Whan every foul cometh ther to chese his make,”

Uh, yah, for those of us that don’t speak Middle English:

“For this was on Saint Valentine’s day, When every bird comes there to choose his mate”

(ahem, warning, translation is mine and I was definitely not an English Lit. major!)

The written Valentine’s didn’t show up until the 1400’s. The History Channel article that I cite states:

“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.”1
If you really want to get into it, check out this blog post over at the British Library. There seems to be more to the story than the History Channel article lets on.

Valentines Day popularity started to grow in Great Britain around the 17th Century and in the 18th Century in the America’s with hand written valentine notes and then as printed cards with the invention of the printing press. Valentine’s Day then seemed to slowly evolve into the greeting card exchanging, chocolate, rose and gift-giving holiday that it is today.

So, to sum up that all up, it’s a simple tradition of recognizing love using hand-written notes that has been around since the 1400’s!

Before wrapping that up we have to talk about Cupid – everyone’s favorite little mischievous cherub. The History channel article I credit here1 is a great read and dives deeper into his origins. He’s supposed to be the child of some Greek Gods, and again, there are a few to choose from... Greek Gods gonna be Greek Gods, amiright? In his role amongst the Gods Cupid was a formidable adversary4 and was not the fun-loving plump cherub we know today. In Greek mythology he interfered in both love and war.

The association of Cupid seemed to appear around the turn of the 19th Century by, you guessed it, valentine’s day greeting card printers4. Cupid was trending, so the card printers jumped on the band wagon. Years later, here he is, still slinging his arrows, hundreds and hundreds of years later; albeit slightly more toned down with less war and death.

Gift Guide

Ok, so finally, the dissertation on Valentine’s Day is over. Let’s talk about some great gift options for you to share with your special someone, and if you’re a “new couple” and you’re in that awkward “I’m really starting to like you” gift giving stage, then jump on over to our other blog post that covers this challenging gift-giving relationship stage in great detail.

For Valentine’s, though, let’s get started.

Love and Heart Theme

Yup. It’s Valentine’s Day. You knew there had to be hearts in here somewhere right? These gifts are for the hopeless romantic, the one that wants to be reminded of their partner every time they look at the piece. I particularly like the cuff that has the word "LOVE" built into its design. Beyond just being cute, it’s perfect from a fun fashion perspective.

The first option is a great one. It is a sterling silver heart shaped pendant with a small diamond set in it, and it’s only $160. It’s a crowd pleaser.

Diva Diamonds Heart Pendant

The Ed Levin "Hugs and Kisses" earrings represent an X and an O, with one each on either ear. It’s a fun and fashionable expression.

Ed Levin, Hugs and Kisses Stud Earrings

This Les Georgettes Cuff is what I was talking about earlier. There’s a cool design in it that says "LOVE" and the included band has pink on one side and gray on the other side so the cuff can be worn three ways. It’s super versatile and goes with a lot of different outfit options.

Les Georgettes 25mm Yellow Love Cuff with pink and gray strap

These Shy Creation stud earrings feature pave-set diamonds in a 14K White Gold setting. Your gifted will be veryimpressed with your gift prowess and these earrings will quickly become every day wear.

Shy Creation Diamond Pave Heart Stud Earrings

Next up, also from Shy Creation, is this diamond heart pendant. It is set in 14K White Gold and comes complete with an 18" adjustable chain. This matches the earrings, so you may like to get them as a matched set.

Diamond Heart Pendant

Another local favorite is the Diva Diamonds Double Hearts Ring. It is made of sterling silver and has a small diamond set in it.

Sterling Silver Double Hearts Ring

Your Little Sweetheart

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about romance. It can be about love of all kinds, like the love of a parent. With these gifts you’ll have some great ideas to get your little sweetheart.

The classic heart locket is always a great bet.

Youth Heart Locket

Then, there is the heart-shaped pendant with a bezel-set pink gemstone.

Youth Heart Pendant

There are also earrings for your little sweetheart. These match the pendant and can be purchased as a set or stand-alone.

Youth Pink Heart Earrings

The Fashionista

Maybe your soon-to-be gifted isn’t into hearts and such "sappy things". Don’t worry. We have your back. This next set of items is for the fashion-forward person in your life.

Bentelli has a lot of great designs that swap the gold for sterling silver to keep their jewelry budget friendly. That doesn’t mean they skimp on quality, however. Quite the opposite, they specifically hire very skilled trades people to make their jewelry both beautiful and long lasting.

Bentelli Drop Pendant

Bentelli also has some great earring designs as well, such as this stunning pair that have diamonds set in sterling silver.

Bentelli Diamond Earrings

A watch, and especially a Michelle watch, is a fantastic gift for anyone. This Deco Sport is a two-tone color with topaz dial. It includes a lilac quilted strap, and you can even buy more interchangeable straps so that the watch band can fit any outfit.

Deco Sport 2-Tone, Topaz Dial, Lilac Quilted Strap,

The Cape Code bracelet is a classic New England look so it is perfect for us here on the coast. Being simple an elagent, this bracelet goes with everying.

Silver Cape Cod Bracelet

That “Big Wow” Moment

If you’ve decided that this is the year that you’re going to go "all in" and pull off that big wow moment, then the gifts below will ensure that cupid’s arrow hits the mark.

Nothing invokes passion like a Hearts On Fire diamond, so no gift guide is complete without a piece from their collection. Every diamond at Hearts On Fire, no matter what size, is cut to the perfect dimensions to project the most amount of brilliance possible. The Tessa necklace is a perfect example of how brilliant Hearts In Fire diamonds really are.

HOF Tessa Circle Pendant

The Shy Creation Love Knot Necklace features two yellow gold circles that are intertwined, symbolizing your love for one another. One circle contains sparkling diamonds.

Shy Creations Diamond Love Knot Necklace

Spark by Jewelry Creations is an exclusive relationship that Jewelry Creations has developed with a jewelry manufacturer in New York. All made here in the US, Spark is a diamond jewelry line that meets the high demands of Jewelry Creations’ discerning eye for quality and value. The Expression Necklace is one of our best sellers. We often just call it "the smile necklace".

Spark Diamond Expression Necklace

The Zephyr Necklace is a new addition to the Spark line. It takes a standard circle diamond pendant and includes lines through the middle of the pendant to invoke dynamic movement throughout the piece.

Spark Zephyr Necklace

Bonus Round — For Your Guy

Your guy is going to love a gift on Valentine’s too — especially a new watch or a nice chain. Here are some options for him that will certainly get lots of use.

Do you have a gadget guy? Then you have to check out the T-Touch Connected Watch. It connects to your smart phone to show alerts, text messages, etc. And it tracks steps and other metrics as well. It all syncs up to your phone over Bluetooth. Check out the other styles too, but don’t you think the red strap version is perfect for Valentine’s Day?

Tissot T-Touch Connect Watch with Red Strp

Staying in Tissot watches we also have a hot seller, the Seastar collection. This one is the Seastar 1000. It is water resistant to around 1,000 feet and has a rotating outer bezel for timing activities.

Tissot Seastar 1000

We have all styles of standard chains in yellow gold, white gold and silver. One of our newer lines is called INOX and we carry a good variety from them as well. Check out this 6mm Cuban style gold plated version.

6mm Gold plated Cuban link chain

Our beaded bracelets have become really popular as well. Beyond beaded bracelets we also have a lot of different options in different metals and materials such as leather and paracord.

Picasso Jasper Bead Bracelet

Wrapping Things Up

Yah. We do that too! And don’t forget, we have a ton more items to look at in the store, so please be sure to stop in and peruse. Our expert sales associates have decades of experience helping people find that perfect gift, so feel free to let us be your Cupid!


1 History of Valentine’s Day, History Channel,

2 Valentine’s Day, Wikipedia,

3 Works of Geoffry Chaucer, Librarius,

4 Cherubic Cupid Is Everywhere on Valentine’s Day. Here’s Why That Famous Embodiment of Desire Is a Child, Time,