Be My Valentine

Valentine's Day seems busier than ever this year.   Murano glass hearts, Silver petal hearts and our Enamel Heart pendants are all flying out of the shop, which has made us all wonder where and when exactly Valentines Day originated? 
Amazingly, it dates back to a priest called "Valentine" who was working under the strict rule of Emperor Claudius II.   According to the legend, Valentine strongly disagreed with Claudius' rule that soldiers couldn't get married and so he started performing secret weddings for couples. He is said to have been caught and sentenced to death on February 14th but before he died he wrote a love letter an unknown woman which he signed "from your Valentine."  The church later made him the patron saint of lovers for upholding the divine right of marriage and made February 14th St. Valentine's Day.
So now you know!

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