Candy? Flowers? Nooooooo!

Imagine this: A week before Valentine’s Day, you come to H&A International Jewelry to look for a gift for your lovely partner. One of our amazing sales associates helps you narrow it down to either a gorgeous strand of pearls or a delicate diamond heart pendant. You decide that your partner would like the strand of pearls more, so you go with that piece. You leave after a wonderful sales experience, and as you get into your car you think to yourself “Why is Valentine’s Day celebrated?”

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that celebrates love and romance in all its forms. It is celebrated on February 14th and oftentimes too much chocolate is eaten on this day. Candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. The legend of this saint is a story of sacrifice. It all dates back to 269 A.D. during the rule of the Romans. Rome was ruled by Emperor Claudius II Gothicus, nicknamed Claudius the Cruel. He was one of Rome's most notoriously harsh rulers. Many wars were fought under his reign and he abused many of his people violently and unashamedly. Due to so many wars being fought, there simply were not enough soldiers or men signing up to be new recruits. Claudius II tho