How do you Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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How do you celebrate the day of love? Are you a Valentine’s Day traditionalist, wishing to be adorned with chocolates, long stem red roses, and declarations of romantic love? Maybe you celebrate love amongst your friends on February 14th. Perhaps you are single, and the day represents a day that you treat yourself to something special.

The beautiful and most important thing about Valentine’s Day, whether you are traditional or have adopted a more modern approach to the day, is to celebrate the love in your life. What is more important than love? And whether it is for a lover or a friend, there’s no better way to commemorate love than with a piece of jewelry. Hamilton’s Valentine’s Day gift guide will step you through our many options to commemorate the day of love with some history along the way. 

History of Valentine’s Day

Did you know that Valentine's Day has been celebrated for more than 1600 years? This celebration of love has its origins in the Roman Empire.

It all started when Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage among young men, as he believed that single men made better soldiers. In came a priest named Valentine, who went against the emperor's orders and secretly performed marriages. Valentine was ultimately caught, and put to death on February 14th where he was declared a martyr for love, becoming Saint Valentine. People began exchanging cards and flowers in his honor and thus began the tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day. 

Over the years, the celebration of Valentine's Day has evolved. The holiday has come to include symbols such as Cupid, roses, and heart-shaped confections. Giving jewelry to one's beloved has also become an important tradition for many. Jewelry is often given as a way to express deep emotions and commemorate special occasions.

How Jewelry Became Associated with the Day

The exchanging of gifts is a longstanding tradition on Valentine's Day, but  giving the gift of jewelry as a sign of love is a relatively new concept. The exchange of jewelry on Valentine’s Day became popular in the mid-1800s when jewelry makers began to create heart shaped lockets, pendants, and pins to celebrate the holiday.

Jewelry featuring a heart shape was the most popular choice for Valentine’s gifts in the early 19th century. By the end of the 1800s, romantic messages such as “Be Mine” or “I Love You” began to be engraved on jewelry. As time passed, more elaborate pieces such as bracelets, charms, and necklaces made their way into the Valentine's Day gift giving tradition. Jewelers also started to incorporate precious stones such as diamonds and pearls into their creations.  

Jewelry remains an enduring symbol of romance, and it is no wonder that it has become an important part of celebrating Valentine's Day.

Why Giving Jewelry is a Cherished Tradition

Giving jewelry on Valentine's Day is an important and cherished tradition, rooted in the ancient custom of expressing love and admiration through beautiful adornments. Jewelry has been given as a token of affection for centuries and continues to be one of the most beloved gifts for Valentine's Day. It is not only a symbol of appreciation, but also provides a lasting reminder of your feelings and bond. 

As we have mentioned before, giving the gift of jewelry is a versatile and personal gift that can be given to anyone including family members, friends, and significant others. For a new relationship, jewelry is an excellent way to show that you care; for long-term relationships, it is a reminder of the commitment that you share. 

No matter who you choose to give jewelry to, it is sure to be a cherished gift for many years to come. 

For the Traditionalist

Hamilton has many pieces that are perfect for the traditional Valentine’s Day celebrant in your life. Whether for your partner, mom, sister, or friend we have what you need! 

14k Yellow Gold and Red Enamel Heart Pendant

Foolproof for the traditional Valentine’s Day lover in your life, this beautiful 14k yellow gold heart pendant is the perfect adornment. 


Fred Pretty Woman 18k Gold and Diamond Heart Studs

Perhaps you have a movie buff on your list this year. These studs were inspired by the necklace given in the film Pretty Woman that represents deep and endless renewed love.


Classic 14k White Gold and 1CT Diamond Heart Pendant

What is more classic than diamonds and gold? This beautiful timeless heart shaped pendant has a total weight of 1ct worth of diamonds and will forever remind the wearer of your lasting love. 


For the Modernist

For those who love Valentine’s Day but prefer a modern edge, these pieces are perfect for the modernist in your life. 

14k Yellow Gold and Pink Sapphire Choker Necklace

Sapphires are beautiful gemstones that come in an array of colors. This choker gives a modern twist on a Valentine’s Day gift. It can be worn alone or layered with other beautiful pieces in a person’s collection.  


Nouvel Heritage Mystic Love Medium Diamond Ring

This ring is the most popular piece in the Mystic Collection. The chain detail gives it a modern edge.


Give some Gucci

There is never a time where a Gucci gift is not appreciated. These pieces will always be a crowd pleaser.

Gucci Blind for Love Necklace

This silver pendant with symbolic Gucci motifs and the phrase “Blind for Love” engraved on the front is the perfect small token for the love in your life.


Gucci Link to Love 18k White Gold Diamond Bracelet with ‘Gucci’ Bar

The Gucci Link to Love collection blurs the lines of masculine and feminine while incorporating more modern symbols of love making this the perfect gift for any person in your life. 


Gucci Link to Love 18k Yellow Gold Necklace
with ‘Gucci’ Bar

The Link to Love collection is all about how the individual is inspired to wear each piece. This necklace has an adjustable clasp closure making it perfect for stacking and layering. 


Take a peek at the rest of our Valentine’s Day Guide.