History of Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is almost here and James & Sons® Fine Jewelers is excited to help you celebrate it with the love of your life. We welcome you to visit our inventory of rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and diamond studs, among other gorgeous pieces of fine jewelry. Our friendly associates at any of our locations, in Lincoln Park, Orland Park, and Schererville, IN would be more than happy to help you find a gift fitting of the occasion. And from February 11th to February 14th we are having a 40% off sale for 4 days on select items.

But have you ever wondered about the history of Valentine’s Day and how it became a romantic holiday? Valentine’s Day has a long and storied history. The holiday is named after a Christian priest who, according to legend, was martyred for performing illegal weddings for Christians. His feast day – February 14th – has since become a day used by romantics to celebrate the love they share.

The association of romance with Valentine’s Day goes back pretty far, almost to the start of the holiday itself. In the 14th century, the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, perhaps best known for The Canterbury Tales, wrote a few lines in a poem that kick started the romantic association with Valentine’s Day. From there, European poets from Shakespeare to John Donne wrote about Valentine’s Day and the lovebirds the holiday celebrates.

More recently, beginning in the late 18th century and continuing to the present in America and Great Britain, sending Valentines cards to lovers has become an annual tradition. Exchanging gifts and going out to a nice restaurant or on a nice excursion is an even more recent addition to Valentine’s Day, but is quickly becoming an important part of the holiday.

Of course, the best and most time-tested way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is with fine jewelry. At James and Sons, we’re happy to help you make this Valentine’s Day one to remember! We invite you to gawk over our JS collection of rings, pendants and necklaces, bracelets, and more so you can show your enduring love for your soul mate this Valentine’s Day!

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