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Valentine's Day Articles

Celebrating Valentine Day with Family

History of Cupid - If there was a figure that was most associated with St. Valentine’s Day it would be the character of Cupid, the small “angel” who holds a bow and arrow and if he hits you with the arrow you will be “forced” into falling in love. This is quite an interesting concept that people can recognize Cupid upon sight, yet has absolutely no idea what St. Valentine looks like! Part of the reason for this is that there are 11 St. Valentine’s honored with Valentine’s Day so it would not be accurate to establish a single look for St. Valentine and with the lack of a strong visual image of a particular character paved the way for Cupid to become the character that is most singularly associated with the holiday. However, despite so many millions of people being familiar with the image of Cupid, most people are not familiar with whom or what Cupid actually is.  Read More...

Celebrating Valentines Day across the Globe

History of the Heart as a Symbol of Love

Commercialization of Valentines Day - When February approaches many stores turn a bright shade of red. This is because there will be a ton of items for sale that are strongly related to the holiday of Valentine’s Day. There will be a great variety of greeting cards, chocolates, flowers and a ton of other products that are associated with the Valentine’s Day season. The stores love this holiday because it can often provide a huge financial windfall for these shops. Now, while the stores love the influx of cash that Valentine’s Day brings in there will be those traditionalists who feel that the commercialization of Valentine’s Day is abhorrent. But is the commercialization truly a bad thing or does it bring certain positives with it?  Read More...

History of Valentines Day

Enjoying the Celebrations on Valentines Day

Knowing Saint Valentine

Many reasons to celebrate

Shopping Obsession for Valentine Gifts

The history of the Valentine card - If you walk into any gift shop during early February it would be next to impossible to not see all the Valentine’s Day cards on sale. After all, the sheer volume of Valentine’s Day cards that are sold during February are second only to Christmas in terms of dollar amounts. Now, some people may assume that when they see these cards that there is a product of the modern era. This is not accurate as these cards have been around in one form or another since the Middle Ages.  Read More...

The Perception of Valentine Day in Diverse Cultures

Valentine Day Is Indeed Special

Valentine for Single People

Valentine Symbols - Most holidays have their own unique symbols whose purpose is to provoke a certain emotional and sentimental response out of those people who view the symbols. Christmas has its Christmas trees and mistletoes. Halloween has its Jack O’Lanterns. Valentine’s Day, of course, has its images of hearts, cupids, roses and other symbols that are most associated with love and romance. During the first two weeks of February we will see these symbols on display in all manner of decorations and while we automatically come to accept them as symbolic of the Valentine’s Day celebration, we never really stop and think about the meaning behind these symbols or their origins. Well, perhaps it is about time took a step back and examined what they represent and where the come from.  Read More...

Valentines around the World

Valentines Day at Work

Who is Saint Valentine?

Why Candy and Flowers aren't Good Enough

Valentines Day Folklore

Valentines Day card

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Our Jewelry is imported from Thailand, Bali, Japan, and China. Each piece is individually hand selected for it's quality and uniqueness. We purchase directly from the workshops that create these fine pieces to offer you prices that can't be beat.

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Pendants - If you have the chain, we have the pendant. We offer an unique assortment of rare and usual stones, hand crafted and mounted in Sterling Silver. Our selection comes from Bali, Indonesia, China, and India.

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Scarves & Shawls - Our silk scarves and shawls are hand crafted in Thailand using raw unprocessed silk and dyed in a wide variety of colors to match any outfit. These are very fast sellers so if you find our selection depleted, just stop back in a couple weeks and we will have more. Sometimes these sell a little faster then they can make them for us. 

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Asian Teas - Select from over 30 varieties of the finest teas available. Our teas are imported from Japan, China, Ceylon, and India and include Green, Oolong, Black, and flavored teas.

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Tetsubin Teapots - All of our Tetsubin teapots are handcrafted and imported from Japan. Each pot is lined with a baked enamel finish to provide years of use. A stainless steel mesh infuser filter is included with each teapot. Each pot comes in a sturdy box, ready to giftwrap.

Priced from $40.00 to $70.00

Yixing Teapots - The tiny air pockets in the fired clay provide insulation and enrich the aroma and taste of the tea. With continued use the yixing tea pot will absorb the flavor of the tea… again enhancing the aroma and taste. Yixing tea pots date back to the Sung Dynasty. Each piece is individually handcrafted in China.

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Tea Cups - Beautiful handcrafted tea cups imported from Japan and China in a wide variety of designs.

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Japanese Sushi Sets - Add an Asian flare to you next dinner of Sushi or Chinese food. These complete sets include everything you need. Plates, Sauce Dishes, and Chopsticks

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Japanese Sake Sets - The finest traditional glazes are used to create these sake sets that are as much art as they are functional.

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Other Gift Idea Tools

Chinese Zodiac Chart - Select a gift according to the Chinese Zodiac based on the year they were born. Year of the Dragon, etc.

Standard Zodiac Gemstone Chart - Select a stone carving or jewelry based on the standard Zodiac Gemstone chart.

Birthstone Chart - The old standby, traditional and modern birthstones.


Dragon & Phoenix ~ Silk Embroidery
Silk Embroidery
Gold Leaf Painted ~ 10 Inch Turnip Vase
Gold Leaf Lacquer
Pair of 10 Inch Closionne Vases
Pair of Brass Foo Dogs
Brass & Bronze
Inside Painted Boxes


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