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Valentine’s Day: A brief history + the most romantic gemstones

While Valentine’s Day often induces romantic thoughts, it wasn’t always this way. In fact, the origin of Valentine’s Day is believed to be traced back to a pagan ritual, known as Lupercalia, during the pre-Roman empire. Each year in Rome on February 15, the community would come together to ward off infertility and evil spirits by performing animal sacrifices, random matchmaking, and whipping women.

It wasn’t until the 5th century that Pope Gelasius declared February 14 a day to celebrate love in honour of the persecution of Saint Valentine. As the legend goes, marriage was banned in Rome under Emperor Claudius during the second and third century. Saint Valentine felt this was unfair, so he arranged marriages in secret and was eventually imprisoned. It was then that he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. When he was executed, he left a note for his lover, stating “from your Valentine” - and that’s how it all began...

Although Valentine’s Day may have started with the sending of cards and later evolved to flowers, chocolates, and diamonds in the 1980s, Lemuria Jewels encourages you to give the gift of coloured gemstones. Coloured gemstones are not only lasting gifts that symbolise true love, but they are believed to have special powers as we covered here. Below, we’ll be sharing the most romantic gemstones with a reputation for deeping love, passion, and desire.

Moonstone

Moonstone, especially the rainbow moonstone, embodies passion - and is known to attract love and affection. Giving the gift of rainbow moonstone can help calm the heart and strengthen the passion between existing lovers. It can also make the heart more receptive to accepting new love.

Ruby

Rubies are symbols of love and passion due to their amazing saturated red colour. It is often associated with devotion, integrity, and happiness, making it popular wedding or anniversary gifts. You can find rubies in every sort of jewellery.

Garnet

The appearance of garnet varies widely, but the best option for a Valentine’s Day gift is the rhodolite garnet, which ranges from bright pink to violet red in colour. It’s believed to promote love, compassion, and sexuality, making it an excellent stone for bringing deeper commitment to a relationship.

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is known as the stone of “unconditional love”. It’s associated with opening the heart to healing and positive energy. As rose quartz is capable of attracting or renewing love, this is an ideal gift for a budding relationship or yourself.

Amethyst

If your partner celebrates his or her birthday in February, then amethyst is a great option to consider. Not only is amethyst the birthstone of February, but it enhances peace while strengthening communication and bonding in relationships.

Emerald

Emerald has been coined the “Stone of Successful Love”, embodying unconditional love. As it’s, a stone for truly romantic couples, this would be the perfect gift for your spouse or a long-time partner.

There’s no greater Valentine’s Day gift than a piece of gemstone jewellery that symbolises your love. Unlike flowers that wilt and chocolates that melt, a pendant, bracelet, or set of earrings is a gift that your loved one can appreciate and cherish forever



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