Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is an occasion to make a declaration of affection to your nearest and dearest, and a time when traditionally lovers surprise each other with gifts and tokens. Cards, chocolates and jewellery are commonly given.

Victorian Valentine's card
Valentine's Day was originally a day to celebrate Saint Valentinus who performed weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry and was thus jailed. From prison the Italian saint wrote a letter to the daughter of his jailer - with whom it is believed he was in love with - before he was executed. His letter was signed ‘From your Valentine' starting the now international tradition.

Valentinus died on February 14th, 273 AD, which later came to be the day we now celebrate as St Valentine’s day.

Why not go green and unique this Valentine's and gift your loved one an antique? Here are a few lovingly picked Valentine's gift ideas for your loved ones available from some of our dealers here at Grays.

A pair of 18ct gold and pearl and diamond earrings, c.1950s, available from Shapiro & Co

19th century Victorian Meissen group of lovers, available from K & M Antiques

Vintage double heart gold tone brooch in brushed and shiny textures by Grosse. Available from Arabella Bianco

Beautiful Heart and Crown Brooch, available from Spectrum

Silver crescent moon clip earrings with gold washed hearts, available from Gillian Horsup


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