A little bit of history...
The day gets its name from a famous Saint, but there are several stories of who he was. The most popular belief about St. Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers.
Valentine thought this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, Valentine was sentenced to death and thrown in jail. There, he fell in love with the jailor’s blind daughter. His love and belief in God cured her blindness, and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed “From your Valentine”.
The first Valentine message (apart from the one St Valentine wrote himself!) is thought to be a poem from Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife in 1415. He was captured at the The Battle of Agincourt and was imprisoned in the Tower of London to await execution.
Valentine’s Day is a very old tradition, thought to have originated from a pagan fertility festival. The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia (which was celebrated every year in honour of Lupercus, the god of fertility) in the middle of February, officially the start of their springtime. As part of the celebrations, boys drew names of girls from a box. They’d be boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival and sometimes they’d even get married! Pope Gelsius abolished the pagan ritual. As a replacement to the pagan fertility festival, he established the feast of St. Valentine’s Day as a celebration of love in 496 A.D.
Gradually, St. Valentine’s name started to be used mainly by men to express their feelings to those they loved.
...So...have you got a gift for your sweetheart? Lovely card, sweety candy or beautiful flowers? Using your 3D printer to prepare something special, here are some ideas.
- 3D Printed Roses - 3D Printed Heart Wings Cookie Cutter - Heart Light - Spiral Heart Pendant / 3D Printed “Hole in My Heart” Cookie Cutter / 3D Printed Valentine Vase & Dish Set - 3D Printed “I Love You”-Box - Two-Finger Hearts Ring - Simple Heart Bracelet
For a unique Valentine's Day, why not 3D print one? Wittystore is a 3D printing service company and we have a lot of fun ideas. Browse our sweetheart series of lovely .stl files featuring hearts and cupcakes, choose unique jewelry, or decorate your home with a heart light a love sculpture. Browse our customizable stamps to create your own homemade Valentine cards.
We can also, if you’re a 3D modeler and have a 3D model file, upload to our website... we will 3D print it and ship it directly to your door.
Happy Valentine’s Day!