Valentine’s Day is best known for surprising your sweetheart with one or all of the following – cards, chocolate, flowers, candy and most people’s favorite, jewelry. Gifting tokens of affection to loved ones didn’t become popular until the 18th century, but Valentine’s Day actually dates back to 270 A.D. In fact, the lover’s holiday blossomed thanks to Christian and ancient Roman traditions celebrated in February.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. We have come a long way since the 18th century, when Esther A. Howland, also known as the Mother of Valentine, began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Here are a few facts that might surprise you about celebrating Valentine’s Day in the 20th century.
- $130.97 – average estimated amount a person will spend on the holiday
- 150 million – number of cards exchanged each Valentine’s Day
- 224 million – estimated number of roses grown for Valentine’s Day
- $18.6 billion – total spent by Valentine’s Day
- $1.6 billion – total amount spend on candy
- $1.9 billion – total amount spent on flowers
In the 1980s, the jewelry industry really began advertising Valentine’s Day as the perfect holiday to gift something sparkly to your loved ones. Did you know that in February 2013, jewelry stores sold a whopping $2.5 billion worth of merchandise? Samuel’s Jewelers offers beautiful selections sure to fit your Valentine’s Day needs. Bonus—right now, many pieces are on sale!
Most jewelry is designed to stand the test of time, but be sure to keep your Valentine’s Day gifts secure with a SIMPLR protection plan for unexpected incidents.