9TH JAN 2017
A VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE STORY
BY J.S. VON DACRE
DID YOU KNOW gifts are considered to be the best option to say that you love, OR you care?
"LOVE AMONG THE RUINS" by Edward Burne-Jones
The third century in Rome was a tumultuous and troublesome time. Those days were as long as they were dark.
The iron fist of Emperor Claudius II struck the land with both might and fear.
The Emperor, in his determination for victory in battle, banned marriages, as it was his firm belief that unmarried
men made better soldiers. Men were not signing up for the army due to their unwillingness to leave their wives and
children, and as a consequence, the army numbers dwindled significantly.
Despite this, within a secret crevice of those stone city walls, Valentinus, a priest, continued to marry young
couples. In the whispers of those late nights were just the groom, the bride, the priest, and the timid flicker of
candlelight. Once the ceremony was complete, the newlyweds vanished into the darkness on soft, hurried,
When Claudius discovered this, filled with vengeful rage, he sentenced Valentinus to death and the priest was
But news of his arrest swiftly spread across the country. Many travelled from far away to visit the prison, where
flowers and letters were thrown through Valentinus’ cell window.
While awaiting his imminent fate, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter, Julia, a blind girl who visited him
frequently. On February 14, 270, Valentinus was beaten to near-death before being beheaded. All that was left behind
of the priest was his final token of love in the form of a letter to Julia. At the end of the note, he signed, “Your
"Who taught us to be too afraid of the shadows of ourselves that dance eagerly in the light of love?" ~ J.S. von Dacre
Valentines Day, also known as Saint Valentine's Day, is as we know THE day of love.
Love, of course does not require a day or date to express one's love for another, but it is lovely to have a special day
to make a special gesture to be expressed in a gift. The 14th February is considered to be that day of the year to tell
a special person you care. This special day, observed in the memory of Saint Valentine, holds supreme importance
amongst the young and old alike–in fact, all who are in love and love. Many people wait the entire year to admit their
love for that special someone, and will show their appreciation with a special gift.
Here at Merola we know gifts are one of the most important parts of the celebration; be it of love or sheer
admiration! We have put together a selection of wonderful jewellery found in our boutique: Merola, 195 Fulham
Road, London SW3 6JL and on line at; www.merola.co.uk. We hope you will enjoy looking for that special something
for that special someone in your life. ~ Maria Merola