Some ethnologists believe that Mărțișor has a Roman origin, while others believe it has a Daco-Thracian origin. It is a custom believed to have emerged during the Roman Empire, when the New Year was celebrated on the first day of spring, in the month of Mars, and thus literally meaning “little March”. Mars was not only the god of war, but also fertility and vegetation. This duality is noted in the colors of the Mărţişor, the white meaning peace and the red war, but also love for all that is beautiful, red and health and the purity of the snowdrop, the first flower of spring, the white, the colors of the braided string that make up the Mărţişor in its classic form.
Originally, the Mărţişor was a coin made of gold or silver, to which was attached a string made of two twisted yarns (one red and one white). Moreover, there is the belief that this amulet brings luck and happiness. The girls wore it for twelve days pinned at the chest or around their neck, and then caught it in their hair and kept it until the first tree was blossoming (usually by the end of March). After that, the string was tied to the branches of a fruit-tree twig, and with the coin, they bought sweet cheese, so their face will be beautiful and white for the whole year. In some areas, the purpose of wearing Mărţişor is to bring the sun closer. You become a friend of the sun, which in return will share its power, beauty, joy and health, honour and love. Giving a Mărţişor is like giving a piece of sunshine.
Another habit in the countryside is for the peasants to give the children Mărţişor to be clean as silver and not be shattered by cold or flu, and the girls wear it so the sun doesn't burn their faces. Moreover, those who do not wear it, they will wither and look older faster. The people of the countryside also know that the Mărţişor must be treated as a holy thing, not as an ornament or a toy.
Tradition says the Mărţişor must be tied on the sunrise on the first day of March. It is worn from March 1 until the spring shows up, the cuckoo singing is heard, until the cherries or roses blossom, till the storks or swallows come. Afterwards, the Mărţişor is not thrown away, but it is tied to a rose or a blooming tree to bring us good luck.
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- UK: £25
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To initiate a return, please contact our customer service at Lavinia@MagpieGems.ie. We will provide you with a return shipping label (or you can arrange your own shipping, with tracking) and instructions on how to return your purchase. Once we receive your returned item, we will inspect it to ensure it meets our return criteria. If it does, we will issue a refund for the purchase price, less any shipping and handling fees, to the original form of payment.
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Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
- Custom or personalised orders (e.g. Name necklaces, engraved jewellery pieces)
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons). For hygiene reasons, we do not offer refunds or exchanges on earrings (except the clip-on earrings) unless faulty.
- Items on sale
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