Hearts and Love
We’re trying to work out how the traditional heart shape relates to the organ inside the human body. Dave is also trying to work out how a muscle is associated with love – but he’s an old curmudgeon.
A little research, as well as experience has shown that we don’t ever feel physical sensations in your brain. Our bodies’ response to strong emotion generally occurs with a speeded up pulse, caused by stronger beating of the heart. So we are much more likely to perceive a concentrated sensation inside their chest (pounding heartbeat) when confronted with strong emotional stimuli.
As for St Valentine, he was a third-century Roman saint commemorated on February 14 and has been associated since the High Middle Ages with a tradition of courtly love.
Very little is known about the martyr other than his name and the fact that he was buried at a cemetery north of Rome on February 14th. He was demoted from the Roman Catholic Church’s official list in 1969 but the Catholic Church continues to recognize him as a saint, listing him as such in the February 14th entry in the Roman Martyrology
However, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Protestant Church, but the Eastern Orthodox Church, celebrates on July 6.
The 14th February became associated with love in the Middle Ages, especially through the writer Geoffrey Chaucer, but it was the 18th Century and the Victorians who really went to town and turned this date into the love-in that we see today. It evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“).
Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
LoveTaliesin Jewellery has a wide range of hearts and other love tokens. These are all hand-made by Sue using a variety of Swarovski Elements, Tibetan Silver Charms and Antique Bronze components. We also supply a range of romantic dichroic glass jewellery.
You can see the whole of our “Heart” collection, including earrings, pendants and sets, in our online shop
Some highlights of our “Heart” Collection