Diamond engagement rings are a very popular gift on Valentine’s Day as are other items such as flowers, chocolates, and jewellery. Valentine’s Day is held to celebrate the love and affection between two people that are in a relationship. Many romantic couples will dine in nice restaurants or have a cosy night in on February 14th, but what is the history behind this day of love?
Presently, the Catholic Church recognises at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. The precise origins of Valentine’s Day are still very unclear, one legend claims St Valentine was a Roman priest, famed for marrying couples in secret against the rules of the emperor Claudius II, who believed that all young men would make better soldiers if they stayed single without the distraction a wife may bring. Another story portrays St Valentine as a prisoner in the 15th century who fell in love with his jailor’s daughter and sent her the very first Valentine’s card on the day before his execution he signed the letter "From your Valentine", an expression that is still in use today.
Diamond engagement rings have not always been a popular gift around Valentine’s Day. Here in the UK, Valentine's Day began to become popular around the seventeenth century. Towards the end of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century with improvements in technology and the invention of the printing press, printed cards began to replace written letters. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one's feelings was discouraged.
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