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Jewelry by Prince Dimitry
The Victorian era, with its emphasis on romantic love, saw Valentine’s Day morph into the day we know and love today, with all its attendant cards, gifts and special treats.
The very first Valentine’s Day cards were created in England under the reign of Queen Victoria, and the craze quickly spread to the United States after the Civil War.
Most greeting cards were handmade, and the most popular ones depicted flowers and yes, pearls!
The Victorians had a particular fondness for pearls, as they were seen to be subtler and more refined than brightly colored gemstones.
Pearl jewelry was quite popular during the Victorian era, although during that time only natural pearls were available, with larger pearls quite rare and expensive. They primarily used smaller Freshwater seed pearls to embellish the elaborate brooches, rings and pendants.
With the advent of cultured pearls, fine quality pearl jewelry in all sizes and shapes was finally affordable for all classes, and the gifting of jewelry on Valentine’s Day became much more common.
Today the gift of a lustrous Akoya pearl necklace, exotic Black Tahitian pearl earrings or a pendant sparkling with diamonds and pearls is considered a perfect choice for a Valentine’s Day gift as pearls have always been a part of the Language of Love.
From the earliest days of the Roman Empire to our modern times, pearls can convey a sense of love, fidelity, purity and the unique story belonging to each pearl, and, to lovers themselves.
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