Countdown to Valentine's Day
Love is in the air and the countdown is on. Tick-tock, tick-tock.
Welcome to the American Gem Society & American Gem Society Laboratories Perfect Proposal Toolkit. Being diamond experts, we know the importance of purchasing the right ring—but we also recognize the intimidating planning process that comes along with a successful perfect proposal.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, thousands of love-struck couples worldwide are planning on celebrating the holiday by showing their ‘special someone’ how much they care.
Whether you are planning a proposal for your significant other, a milestone anniversary date, or a first date on the most romantic day of the year - you are in great hands! This Toolkit is comprised of all the essentials to build the perfect moment for you and your sweetheart. See more at: http://americangemsociety.org
Will you be my Valentine?
According to CNN.com, approximately two million people plan to get down on one knee, or receive a proposal on Valentine’s Day. In fact, approximately 10 percent of all marriage proposals worldwide occur on Valentine’s Day annually.
You know Valentine’s Day is the day of Amor, but here are some interesting facts you may not have known about the beloved holiday.
Hallmark Holiday Myth
Due to the influx of chocolate and heart-shaped trinkets, Valentine’s Day is often claimed to be a holiday made up by the popular greeting card company. In reality, Hallmark didn’t even produce its first Valentine’s Day card until the year 1913 - centuries after the declaration of the holiday in 1537.
During the medieval times, women who were looking for a suitor on Valentine’s Day had an interesting tradition. In hopes of later dreaming of the Prince Charming that they are destined to be, women would spend the evening eating bizarre foods.
Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve
The popular saying, “wear your heart on your sleeve” began with a Valentine’s Day tradition. During the middle ages young men and women would pull paper hearts from a bowl with a name on it and claim that person as their Valentine. The person’s name they chose would be pinned to their sleeves for a week, for all to see.
Call Me Maybe
In a long distance relationship this Valentine’s Day? You can thank Alexander Graham Bell for keeping you in touch with your honey. It was on Valentine's Day in 1876, he applied for a patent for the telephone.
Chocolate is the best part of Valentine’s Day, right? We knew that chocolate was pretty popular, but the sweet treat used to serve as a cure for broken hearts. Physicians in the 1800s used to prescribe patients a dose of chocolate to cure the pains of lost love.
Pick your proposal style
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