Winter is still in full force as February approaches, but the glimmer of spring is on the horizon. Soon, February 14th will bring a celebration of love with Valentine’s Day. But where does this tradition come from and how did it become so globally popular?
Valentine’s Day existed long before the card companies developed heart-shaped declarations of love. Originally a Pagan fertility festival, the first Valentine’s Day is believed to have been in 496. The name derives from St Valentine who was a priest in Rome during the third century AD. He became famous for rebelling against the rules of Emperor Claudius II, who believed that married men made bad soldiers so he banned marriage for anyone serving in his army. St Valentine arranged marriages in secret and was subsequently thrown in jail. He then fell in love with the daughter of the jailer. He was then sentenced to death and before he was killed, on the 14th February, he sent a love letter to the daughter signed “from your Valentine”.
There have been many other notable events that have occurred on the 14th February, but it wasn’t until 1913 that Hallmark produced the first commercially available Valentine’s card, which began the growing popularity of the day. Following this, it wasn’t until the 1980s that the jewellery industry moved into the Valentine’s arena in a bid to offer something extra special for those celebrating Valentine’s Day. The 14th February is now one of the most popular holidays in the UK.
With February 14th soon approaching there is no better way to let that special person know you love them than with one-of-a-kind piece from the Vintage Jeweler. Antique jewellery speaks of endurance, devotion and true affection: the perfect Valentine’s gift from the heart. Our vintage jewellery is perfect for making that gesture, and you won’t find these unique and classic pieces anywhere else.
The Vintage Jeweller carries an extensive and diverse selection of unique vintage ladies designer jewellery, perfect for one-of-a-kind Valentine’s gifts. In the modern world we live in where items are increasingly mass-produced, unique one-off items from a past generation are becoming more sought after and impressive.
We have a number of unique items, that would be perfect for your Valentine: from the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco era to pieces from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. Some of our favourites include our expansive selection of 9ct gold charms, 1960’s Omega watches and our superb collection of Art Deco rings. We also stock items from the top jewellery houses in the world from Cartier to Bvlgari, from Tiffany & Co. to Chopard, as well as fine jewellery, including high colour and clarity diamonds, rubies from Burma, emeralds from Columbia and sapphires from Sri Lanka. We are very fortunate to be based in the centre of Hatton Garden, the world’s most prestigious jewellery quarter and therefore have great access to a wide variety of vintage, antique and pre-owned designer jewellery.