St. Valentine, according to one legend or another, sought to preserve true love. His name was also used to give a Christian name to the pagan festival, the Lupercalia, which celebrated fertility and included a lottery of matchmaking. No matter the story, love is a huge component. Throughout time and across cultures, red has long been a symbol of love as well as fidelity and fertility. The first Valentine was given in the 1400s, but it wasn’t long before tokens of affection accompanied the cards and among these tokens were jewels such as a ruby necklace.
It makes sense that a precious gemstone like the red ruby became intertwined in this tradition of celebrating love on February 14. While a ruby pendant is an excellent way to express love on this day, there are other days that celebrate the passionate red gemstone. The entire month of July claims it as its birthstone. The 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries are also celebrated with the ruby.
This durable gemstone can be worn daily and is easy to clean with warm soapy water, an ultrasonic cleaner or a steamer. It is lovely set in rings, bracelets and earrings, but for the day of love, a ruby heart pendant is a meaningful and way to express passion and love for that special someone.