Champlain, New York (PressExposure) February 05, 2007 -- Champlain, NY. February 5th, 2007. Most people celebrate Valentine's Day the usual way: with flowers, chocolate, pearls... But many don't really know why they're celebrating on February 14th in the first place.
The actual story behind Valentine's Day is somewhat unclear. Historians write about three different St. Valentines--each of them said to have been martyred on February 14th--though the holiday is more traditionally associated with Valentine of Rome, a Roman priest who living under the reign of Emperor Claudius II.
By all accounts, St. Valentine was a tremendously romantic figure. According to some sources, he fell out of favour with Claudius II when he began performing secret wedding ceremonies at a time when marriage had been outlawed. An ardent defender of lovers, Valentine was put to death when authorities learned what he was up to. Perhaps the most touching legend associated with the holiday relates that St. Valentine may have written the very first valentine himself when he sent a love letter signed "From your Valentine" sent to his jailer's daughter.
Although what we are actually celebrating on February 14th is the burial of St. Valentine, chances are you observe Valentine's Day the modern way: by showering your loved ones with gifts! One the most popular Valentine's Day gifts is jewellery, especially pearls, which are regarded by many to be an ancient symbol of eternal love.
You can find stylish and classic pearl jewellery found online at OrkydPearls.com. "Our selection of Valentine's Day Gifts is simply stunning," explains Elsa Perez, a spokeswoman for the company. "Some of our new pieces, like the circle pendant and the baroque pearl necklace, are literally pulled from the pages of fashion magazines". No matter if you choose to go trendy or timeless, pearls will always be a classic way to say "I love you".