Valentine’s Day spending is expected to reach an all time high of more than $19.7 billion this year according to the National Retail Federation. What’s not being said is that a significant amount of that money will be spent by cheating husbands and boyfriends on Valentine’s Day jewelry and gifts for someone other than their mates. Unfortunately, for many of these cheaters and their secret lovers, the Valentine’s Day jewelry or flowers they give or receive will lead to the exposure of their affairs in one of the ways below.
Jewelry is a very popular Valentine’s Day gift, with an estimated $4.8 billion worth of jewelry being purchased this year A wife or live-in girlfriend may accidentally find out her man is cheating when she stumbles across a jewelry store receipt or credit card statement for Valentine’s Day jewelry she didn’t personally receive. New jewelry that shows up on or shortly after Valentine’s Day can sometimes alert an unsuspecting husband or boyfriend that his wife or girlfriend having an affair. If the jewelry is heart-shaped, or engraved with sentiments of love, it’s a dead giveaway. The following two “real life” stories show how Valentine’s Day jewelry led to the discovery of a cheating husband and a cheating wife.
Celine checked her husband’s pockets as usual before dropping off his suit at the dry cleaners and found a $446 jewelry store receipt for a 14K gold and diamond heart-shaped pendant. Although Celine had no idea who Kevin might have given pendant to for Valentine’s Day, the fact that he spent that much money on a gift for another woman told her all she needed to know.
Rodney noticed Pat wearing a bracelet with 9 heart-shaped gold charms. When he commented on it Pat said it was a gift she’d bought for herself, but she was uncharacteristically vague about where she bought it and exactly how much it cost. Several days later Rodney managed to get a closer look at the bracelet after Pat left in her jewelry box when she went to the gym. Upon closer examination Rodney saw that the first 8 hearts had a single letter engraved on the back, which together spelled “I love you.” The 9th heart was engraved with the words: Love,Ted”
Love note mix-ups on Valentine’s Day flowers are a common way for cheating men to get caught. The cheater orders flowers for both his wife and his mistress from the same florist. And either the florist, or sometimes the cheater himself mistakenly attaches the love note for his mistress to the flowers delivered to his wife. But the “real life” story below has a slightly different twist. Flowers alerted a young woman that she had unknowingly been the “other woman” in cheating Valentine’s life.
Brianna, a single woman, received a dozen long-stemmed roses from her boyfriend on Valentine’s Day. But the note that accompanied the flowers said:
“To my darling wife on Valentine’s Day,
You mean the world to me. Words could never express the depth of my love for you.
Your loving and devoted husband,
Charles and Brianna had been dating for several months. He’d said he was single and unattached when they met. Imagine Brianna’s shock when she found out Charles was a married man who was cheating on his wife.
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