"Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher."
Hand-stamped sterling silver cross earrings with genuine freshwater pearls hand wrapped in thin sterling silver wire. These make a lovely Mother's Day gift or birthday gift for her. These drop cross earrings are sure to please - a gift for you? Great idea! You deserve !
A wrap ring is great - it can be gently pushed or pulled into the correct size and this heart ring is perfect!
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The history of Valentine's Day is obscure and is associated with various legends. The roots of Valentine’s Day are in an ancient Roman fertility celebration. Pope Gelasius turned this pagan festival into a Christian feast day around 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine's Day, to honor one of the three early Christian saints whose names were "St. Valentine”.
One legend has it that Valentine, who was in prison, fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. Before he was executed, he allegedly sent her a letter signed "from your Valentine." The most likely story surrounding St. Valentine is one focused on Christian love rather than passionate love: he was apparently martyred on February 14th for refusing to renounce his religion.
In the 14th century this Christian feast day became definitively associated with love. It was the poet, Chaucer, who first linked St. Valentine's Day with romance.
By the 18th century, gift giving and exchanging handmade cards on Valentine's Day had become common in England, a custom that eventually spread to the American colonies. By the 1850s, the tradition of giving gifts, typically chocolates or jewelry, became widespread in the United States.
***NOTE: For more detailed information, please see the comment below by Marie. There are apparently many different stories related to Valentine's Day and the saint the holiday it is named for. I appreciate Marie taking the time to write and I have adjusted my errors in language above. I took my information from a variety of online sources and it is a quick synopsis of what I found after researching the holiday.
The heart shape has been a part of human culture since the very beginning. It’s found in early cave drawings, though no one is exactly sure what its meaning was then. Ancient Egyptians associated the heart with life and mortality, and for Greek philosophers, the heart represented thought, reason and emotion. Hearts are abundant in the natural world in flowers, fruits, animals, and leaves. In the Middle Ages, heart shaped leaves began to show up in paintings depicting romantic love, and eventually shifted from green to red, a symbolic color of love and passion.
In the modern age, the heart symbol has become one of the most recognized on Earth. It evokes thoughts of love, affection, and loyalty, and is depicted especially at Valentine’s Day on everything from clothing, to stationary and cards, to chocolates and jewelry. The Cherish Collection has captured the heart and essence of its meaning in rings, earrings, and necklaces. The sterling silver wire used to craft these pieces allows for simple and elegant interpretations of the shape, letting it stand on its own. Freshwater pearls, believed on a metaphysical level to inspire love and acceptance, are the perfect match for the hearts in this love-inspired jewelry. Whether your Valentine is a lover, a friend, a daughter, a niece or a granddaughter, she will delight in wearing a piece from the Cherish Collection any time of year.
Laura lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and creates jewelry inspired by ancient and contemporary designs and motifs.