Loved up this Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is traditionally celebrated on the 14th February, but just where did the tradition come from?

Happy Valentine's Day from fabulous!Celebrated by lovers the world over, the feast day of Saint Valentine is the perfect opportunity to show your affection for a special someone by buying a gift or sending a Valentine’s card. However, not much is really known about Saint Valentine, or why his feast day has become so strongly associated with love.

Saint Valentine was apparently a priest who was martyred in Africa and buried on the Via Flamina in Rome on the 14th February. Beyond this, little is known about who he was or what he did, though several legends and myths exist. There is a story that Valentine was a priest who objected to a law decreed by Roman Emperor Claudius II which ordered that young men remain single, as married men did not make for good soldiers. Valentine conducted marriage ceremonies in secret, and was arrested for helping persecuted Christian couples.

As the traditions of courtly love became popular in 14th and 15th century Europe, Chaucer made reference to the romantic nature of Saint Valentine’s Day in his poem Parlement of Foules. On Valentine’s Day in the year 1400, a High Court of Love was established in Paris, dealing with love contracts, betrayals, and violence against women. Judges were selected by women on the basis of a poetry reading!

From then on, it became popular to exchange verses and declarations of love, a tradition which developed into the Valentine’s cards we send and receive today!

So, if you’re feeling loved up this Valentine’s Day, then make sure you let that special person know how much they mean to you!

(However, if you’re happily single, how about checking out some alternative Valentine’s celebrations from across the world here!)

Roses are Red,

Violets are Blue,

We think you’re all fabulous,

and lovely too!

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Bored of Valentine’s Day?

We know that Valentine’s Day can be all a little overwhelming, so here’s some alternative celebrations from around the world!

Nomination CZ Heart Charm, £35

Nomination CZ Heart Charm, £35

In Wales, many people celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day, the patron saint of Welsh lovers, on January 25th.

In Norfolk, a character called Jack Valentine leaves sweets and presents for children at the back door of their houses.

In Finland and Estonia, Valentine’s Day is called Friend’s Day, and is about celebrating friendships, not just relationships.

Thomas Sabo Best Friend Charm, £24.95

Thomas Sabo Best Friend Charm, £24.95

In Latin America, it is also known as Día del Amor y la Amistad, or Day of Love and Friendship. In many South American countries, it is celebrated together with Amigo Secreto, where people are assigned a person to buy an anonymous gift for – a lot like Secret Santa!

In Slovenia, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as the beginning of Spring, when plants begin to grow and birds propose to each other!

In the Jewish faith, Tu B’Av, which usually takes place in late August, is the festival of love. Traditionally, girls would wear white dresses and dance in the vineyards whilst the boys waited for them. Now, it’s a popular day to pronounce love or propose to a partner.

Trollbeads White Flower Charm, £25

Trollbeads White Flower Charm, £25

In Denmark, it is traditional to send snowdrops to friends and lovers on Valentine’s Day.

In Japan, women buy men gifts of chocolate on February 14th. They have to wait until White Day on March 14th, when men return the favour by pampering their suitors with more expensive gifts. Gifts are given to all friends, family and colleagues, but only the most expensive chocolates are saved for a person’s closest friends.

New pieces from Chan Luu!

Favourite of fashionistas and celebrities worldwide, Chan Luu’s distinctive wrap bracelets are quickly becoming the must-have accessories for any dedicated follower of fashion.

New pieces from Chan Luu!Since arriving at fabulous last year, our customers have been dying to get their hands on Chan Luu’s gorgeous wrap bracelets, necklaces and earrings, all featuring beautiful Semi-Precious Stones with Sterling Silver and Gold Vermeil.

These new additions to her stunning collections feature natural, earthy tones and graduated beads that create a textured look. There are also some more vibrant pieces in teal and purple, certain to blow the last of those winter blues away! The bracelets are lovely worn on their own, but can also be stacked and intertwined to create a layered, eclectic look or even worn as necklaces or belts. Long, elegant necklaces are extremely wearable, with drop earrings available to complete the look.

They’re sure to sell fast, so make sure you get your hands on the most stylish accessories around whilst you can! Browse the collection here, or visit one of our stores to try before you buy.

 

January Birthstone – Gorgeous Garnet!

Celebrate January birthdays with the birthstone for this month, Garnet

Garnet“By her who is this month was born
No gem save garnets shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.”


The beautiful rich red tones of Garnet are traditionally associated with purity, truth, faithfulness and friendship. It was popularly used in Victorian jewellery, and supposedly derives its name from its resemblance to Pomegranate seeds. Found in Sri Lanka, India, Africa and even the US, there is a biblical legend that Noah hung garnet on the ark to guide the way through the dark, stormy nights of God’s wrath. Perhaps for this reason, Garnet is also regarded as a protective gemstone for journeyers, symbolic of the desire for a loved one’s safe travel and speedy homecoming.

Beaded Nugget Bracelet in Garnet by Azuni, £20

Beaded Nugget Bracelet in Garnet by Azuni, £20

Garnet Three Rose Ring by Dower & Hall, £90

Garnet Three Rose Ring by Dower & Hall, £90

Briolette Earrings in Garnet by Thomas Sabo, £84.95

Briolette Earrings in Garnet by Thomas Sabo, £84.95

Although most often found in beautiful dark red, Garnet also appears in almost every other colour, including vibrant greens and, on rare occasions, rich blues. Many designers at fabulous use Garnet, including Azuni, Dower & Hall and Thomas Sabo, as its wonderful colour provides a flash of warmth during winter, and a cheerful brightness during summer.

Shop our garnet jewellery and charms here!

The new year also welcomes Capricorns into the world from 22nd December to 21st January. The zodiac symbol for Capricorn is the goat, and people with this star sign tend to be trustworthy, persistent, ambitious and patient.

2011 is the year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac – people born in the year of the Rabbit are supposedly the luckiest of all the zodiac signs, and are peaceful, quiet and loving.

Capricorn Charm by Nomination, £15 in Gold or £28 in CZ

Capricorn Charm by Nomination, £15 in Gold or £28 in CZ

Rabbit Zodiac Sign by Nomination, £19

Rabbit Zodiac Sign by Nomination, £19

Capricorn Charm by Thomas Sabo, £29.95

Capricorn Charm by Thomas Sabo, £29.95

Happy birthday to everyone born in January!

Browse our Capricorn charms here!