If you want to bring joy to the woman in your life on Valentine’s Day, give her an exquisite Eternity Rose. It combines the romance of a rose with the elegance of jewelry, a truly perfect package.

It can be hard to know how to mark such an important event as Valentine’s Day, and how to show your wife, girlfriend or mother how much she means to you. The Eternity Rose solves this dilemma.

Men have traditionally expressed their devotion with the gift of roses for centuries. Take it up a notch by giving a rose in the form of a stunning piece of jewelry. A fresh rose is beautiful, but it lasts for just a few days. When you give an Eternity Rose, it is indeed a real rose, but one that has been preserved to last a lifetime.

Be sure to choose a beautiful Valentine’s card to go with it. Lovers have been sending these greetings for centuries. This is a time for sentiment and romantic language.

Here’s a look at how this day became important to men and women all over the world.

Why Valentine’s Day is important

The day we set aside to commemorate the importance of romance in our life has its roots in the traditions of ancient Rome and Christianity. It is named in honour of St. Valentine, but there is some confusion as to which person, as there are at least two St. Valentines, both martyrs. 

Valentines day gift ideasOne particular St. Valentine was formerly a priest in Third Century Rome who defied Emperor Claudius II. The Emperor needed increasingly more warriors for his ongoing battles, so he made it illegal for young men to marry and have families, with the idea that single men remain undistracted, and would sacrifice themselves completely to give their all in battle. St. Valentine protested against the illegal nature of marriage and maintained his practice of joining together young Roman lovers in marriage. Claudius discovered this treachery and had him sentenced to death.

Another St. Valentine was also sentenced to death because he helped Romans escape the inhumane prisons, where people died from torture and beatings. During his imprisonment, he fell deeply in love with the jailor’s daughter and is credited with sending her the first Valentine’s notation. His final message to her concluded with “From your Valentine.”

Both stories represent St. Valentine as heroic, sympathetic and above all, romantic. This reputation made him a highly popular saint in both France and England by the Middle Ages.

The pagan origins of Valentine’s Day

A pagan feast called Lupercalia was celebrated on the Ides of February, midway through the month. It was dedicated to the worship of fertility and to the Roman god of agriculture. It also commemorated the role of Romulus and Remus in founding ancient Rome.

This pagan celebration was launched at the original cave where Romulus and Remus were cared for as infants by a lupa, or she-wolf. A goat was sacrificed for fertility, and a dog was sacrificed for purification.

The hide of the goat was then cut into strips and dipped into the blood of the sacrificed animal. The priests then proceeded through the town, gently slapping it on the women they encountered in order to enhance their fertility. They also carried the strips through the crop fields to encourage good harvests.

The women felt honored by the practice, and anticipated that it would promote their ability to bear healthy children. Towards the end of the festival, every young woman in the town placed her name in a large urn. Bachelors then selected a name from the urn and were paired with that woman in the coming year. This rite often led to marriage.

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From fertility to romance

There is reason to believe that by the Fifth Century, officials placed St. Valentine’s Day on the church calendar (14 February) in order to ‘Christianize’ the pagan feast of Lupercalia.

It wasn’t until the Middle Ages, however, that this date became known as a day of romance. In England and France, it was felt that the date coincided with the start of the mating season for birds of all types, and hence, the evolvement of a romantic connotation.

Valentine’s Day greetings started to become popular. The first written Valentine’s Day card that we know of, appeared in 1415, in a poem from the Duke of Orleans to his wife. At the time he was kept prisoner in the Tower of London, after being captured at the Battle of Agincourt. It can be found at the British Library in London, in a collection of manuscripts.

This poem inspired King Henry V several years later to hire John Lydgate, a writer, to create a special Valentine’s message to Catherine of Valois.

Modern Day St. Valentine’s Day

 Valentine’s Day is a popular cause for celebration in a number of countries, including Canada, United States, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, and Mexico.

 By the mid-1700s, it was expected that lovers and friends would give each other tokens of their affection, often in the form of notes. This happened in all social classes, proving that romance has no barriers.

By the 1900s, printed Valentine messages were popular. During a time when emotions were held in check socially, these pre-printed messages made it simple to express love and affection. As postage costs came down in the 1900s, increasingly more Valentine’s messages were mailed.

Valentines day gift in bedAn American woman, Esther A. Howland, is considered the Mother of the Valentine. She instigated the practice of using mass-produced Valentine cards, made with elaborate designs, colorful pictures, lace and ribbons. Many of these are now treasured mementos in old scrapbooks and exhibits in museums. They illustrate the art and fashions of earlier times, as well as the changes in how we express our sentiments.

The Greeting Card Association estimates that currently more than one billion cards are purchased and sent each Valentine’s Day. This makes it second only to Christmas for quantity of sending cards.

Any holiday that goes back almost 2,000 years has staying power - the power of romance in our lives. So don’t fight it. When the occasion comes along again, be ready to give the woman in your life an Eternity Rose…..

….And if you have only just stumbled across our website after Valentine’s Day has passed, our Eternity Roses are suitable for other important gift occasions for her, such as Birthdays and Christmas