Enameled Valentine Be Mine Heart Charm Sterling Silver Xinar.com
Cute and bright, Xinar.com’s resplendent Enameled Valentine Be Mine charm in 925 sterling silver is the perfect addition for Valentine’s Day jewelry and crafts, as well as other unique occasion designs. This is a flat-back casting measuring 5/8″ x 11/16″ and is made by one of the country’s largest manufacturers of silver charms.
Xinar sources sterling silver charms domestically, and we can guarantee that each pendant is nickel-free and lead-free and will not cause rashes or itching. Should you need additional hypoallergenic treats for your holiday charm designs, please don’t hesitate to check out an extensive jewelry-making catalog that includes sterling silver beads and findings.
What is the History of Valentine’s Day?
February 14 is Valentine’s Day. Chocolate, flowers, and presents are shared between family members across the United States and worldwide on Valentine’s Day, all in the name of St. Valentine’s. But who is this enigmatic saint, and where did these customs originate?
Valentine’s Day’s origins and the tale surrounding its patron saint are shrouded in mystery. We do know, however, that February has long been associated with love and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we understand it now, combines Christian and ancient Roman customs.
At least three individual saints called Valentine or Valentinus are recognized by the Catholic Church, all of whom were martyred. Valentine, according to mythology, was a priest who served in Rome around the third century. Emperor Claudius II forbade young males from marrying as he believed that lone men made better soldiers than those with wives and families.
Valentine disobeyed Claudius and continued to execute covert weddings for young couples, despite the decree’s injustice. Claudius ordered Valentine’s execution after his acts were exposed. Others argue that Saint Valentine of Terni, a bishop, was the real inspiration for the holiday. Claudius II also beheaded him outside of Rome.
According to some accounts, Valentine was slain to assist Christians in escaping the harsh Roman jails, where they were frequently beaten and tormented. According to mythology, an imprisoned Valentine sent the first “valentine” greeting after falling in love with a young woman who visited during confinement—this was possibly the jailor’s daughter.
He is said to have written her a letter inscribed “From your Valentine” before his death, an idiom that is still used today. Although the truth underlying the Valentine legends is hazy, all of the stories underscore Valentine’s attractiveness as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic person.
While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to mark the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial—which is thought to have occurred around A.D. 270—others believe that the Christian church chose the middle of February to “Christianize” the pagan Lupercalia commemoration. Lupercalia was a fertility festival devoted to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, and the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. It was held on the ides of February, or February 15.
Members of the Luperci, a Roman priestly order, would congregate at a sacred cave where the children Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were said to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa, to begin the festival. First, a goat and dog would be sacrificed. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, immerse them in the sacrificial blood, then slap both the women and the crop fields with the goat hide.
Instead of being afraid of the contact of the skins, Roman women welcomed it because it was thought to make them more pregnant in the coming year. Legend has it that all of the city’s young women would sign their names in a large urn later in the Day. Each of the city’s bachelors would choose a name and partner with his preferred wife for the year. These encounters frequently resulted in marriage.
• Purity – 925 Silver Charm
• Size – 5/8 ” x 11/16″
• Weight – 2.9 Grams
• Nickel & Lead-Free
• Jump Ring Included