A Valentine's Day You'll Never Forget!
By: Amidon Jewelers
Last week we told you all about our Valentine's Day Special. Now we want to pinpoint a special theme you could have for your Valentine's day and in order to do that, you'll need a bit of a history lesson. One of the primary theories of where Valentine's Day came from is that the ancient Catholic church wanted to replace a pagan holiday, that of Lupercalia. This was a spring festival of cleansing, likely to have predated the Roman Empire, that was to get rid of evil spirits and held typically between February 12-15th. This is believed to derive from the Roman god, Lupercus, an anthropomorphic wolf creature and is associated with the Greek god Faun. Ironically, given the European tales of devious wolves and sheep, Lupercus was a god of shepherds. Through history the festive rites progressed, until about the late Republic of Rome in which they climaxed with sacrificing two goats and a dog on the alter, men wearing the skins of goats, running around the city walls, and lashing young women and girls to ensure fertility, aid them in childbirth and prevent sterility. Later the Roman Catholic Church was convinced that young women's names wold be drawn by lot to be selected for young men. The following point has been debated by researchers, but a popular theory, regardless of the particulars of the festival, is the Roman Church-- at the direction of Pope Gelasius in 496 A.D. declared February 14th to be St. Valentine's Day in order to replace the festival of Lupercalia. Now the dedication to St. Valentine's Day has permeated our western culture and is unlikely to stop in the next century. Starting in grade school with the dramatic Valentine card exchange and the barely edible yet ever popular box of heart-shaped message candy and for those who are a bit older with some disposable income, exchanging jewelry, chocolate, flowers and other gifts demonstrating love. Maybe you've met someone special and you're hoping to spend the rest of your life with them or maybe you want to show a family member that family is forever, that is where the infinity symbol is a great unisex symbol that can be used by both men and women. The infinity symbol is actually a complex mathematical representation and symbolically is correlated to the Möbius band, shown above, and the Ouroboros- a legless dragon shown in a circle eating its own tale. Mathematically the concept of infinity was introduced to denote 'many' and the symbol is believed to have derived from the Roman numeral for 1,000 represented as CIƆ. Now it represents potential infinity, where an end can never been seen. Your love can be demonstrated with any number of beautiful Amidon Jewelry pieces. Here are just a few suggestions. For the gents there is this lemniscate, another reference to the symbol of infinity, designed 7 mm titanium and blue anodized polished ring.