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January 24, 2003

Williamsburg® Gifts Turn Anyone into the "King of Hearts" This Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day gifts that come straight from the heart come straight from WILLIAMSBURG Products this year! A wide selection of jewelry that will capture a loved one’s heart and attention is available. And for that extra special personal touch that lasts through the years, many pieces are engravable.

Place a photo in a sterling silver Rouen Locket Bracelet or Necklace to make this gift extra special. This splendid design, based on an 18th-century “sweetmeat” box from Rouen, France, also appears on our coordinating Rouen Earrings.

Tell her you’d give her your heart all over again with a sterling silver, hand-hammered heart charm. These handmade pendants come in two sizes and look beautiful plain or engraved hanging from a bracelet or necklace. Or, choose our striking Amethyst Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings. Reputed to bring the wearer peace of mind, each lovely stone is set in sterling silver scrollwork of rococo inspiration.

Give that special someone a heart of gold on a silver box. The classic WILLIAMSBURG Heart Box from Kirk Stieff by Lenox now comes in both small and miniature sizes in a silver-plate finish, a look that is more formal--but less expensive--than the original pewter version. Either box can be monogrammed.

Surprise her with a candlelight supper on Valentine’s Day. WILLIAMSBURG polished brass candlesticks by Virginia Metalcrafters make the perfect centerpiece. Choose from the Swirl Base Candlestick based on an elegant English rococo original, the Spike Candlestick with its heavy, curved baluster base and a hint of baroque grandeur or the charming Sarah Coke Candlestick inspired by fragments found at the Coke-Garrett House in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area.

The above items are available in stores nationwide and in select shops at Colonial Williamsburg, through the WILLIAMSBURG Catalog or through Colonial Williamsburg’s e-commerce site at www.williamsburgmarketplace.com.

The WILLIAMSBURG Products Program was established in 1936 to provide Colonial Williamsburg’s visitors with authentic reproductions that reflect the rich decorative arts traditions of the 18th century and celebrate the origin of American style. Today the program offers home furnishings, gifts and decorative accessories through retail stores nationwide and the award-winning WILLIAMSBURG Catalog and e-commerce site. For more information, call toll-free (800) 446-9240.

Known worldwide as the nation’s largest living history museum, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. For more information, call toll-free (800) HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s web site at www.colonialwilliamsburg.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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