There is nothing more beautiful than a declaration of true love. This Valentine’s Day, no matter how you celebrate, the gift of exquisite, handcrafted jewellery says ‘I love you’ in any language.
Valentine’s Day has long been celebrated around with world with key symbols of love from chocolate and flowers, to padlocked hearts and intricately decorated cards and candies. Across the globe, many countries have their own unique Valentine’s Day traditions.
In Denmark, lovers and friends exchange pressed white flowers called ‘snowdrops’ as well as traditional ‘lovers cards’ which are now synonymous with Valentine’s Day. While in Japan, men receive gifts from their sweethearts, including chocolates, candies and flowers, as their potential lovers attempt to woo them.
In some countries, such as the Philippines, Valentine’s Day has earned such great reverence and importance, that mass wedding ceremonies are held so that hundreds of couples may enter into marriage on this most auspicious of days.
China, on the other hand, has a heartbreakingly beautiful Valentine’s Day tradition. According to ancient Chinese lore, Zhinu, a king’s daughter fell in love with a poor cowherd named Niulang. They married secretly, before the king learned of their marriage and whisked Zhinu away from her lover, and back to the heavens whence she came. Finally, upon witnessing his daughter’s heartbreak and hearing the cries of her husband, the king allowed Zhinu and Niulang to meet in the heavens just once a year, on Qixi, or the ‘Seventh Night Festival’ which falls on Valentine’s Day. To this day, Chinese couples will look to the stars on Valentine’s Day and search for the reunion of Zhinu and Niulang.
Each of these Valentine’s Day traditions is beautiful and unique, and illustrates the significance of expressing love on this, the most romantic day of the year. However, for many couples throughout the centuries, the fleeting gifts of candies, flowers and chocolate have not been adequate to express their deep and eternal love. Exquisite, enchanting and enduring; fine jewellery represents the timelessness and wonder of everlasting love like nothing else. A reminder of a precious moment, the gift of diamonds can be treasured and cherished for a lifetime.
The tradition of giving jewellery was perhaps most notably pioneered by Russian artillery officer, Count Grigory Orlov in the 18th century, when he gifted the ‘Orlov Diamond’, an incredible 189 carat jewel, to Catherine the Great, as he tried to win her affections. Many years later, Richard Burton built upon this tradition when he gifted Elizabeth Taylor with the exquisite ‘Taylor-Burton Diamond’, adding to her remarkable collection of jewels, and publically expressing their intense love for each other.
Jewellery has since become synonymous with Valentine’s Day. Wherever you hail from, the gift of jewellery is a universally recognised symbol of love. Bestowing upon your sweetheart a gift of such radiant beauty is certain to bring a flutter to her heart. But not just any jewel will do. No matter the laguage you speak, a unique, bespoke masterpiece from Calleija says ‘I love you’ like nothing else can, this Valentine’s Day.