Whether you end a letter or e-mail with it—“XOXO” means “Kisses and hugs.” But how did these two inconspicuous letters come to represent that well-known phrase?
Some say an “X” is a stylized representation of two mouths kissing, while the “O” represents two pairs of arms coming together to complete a hug. While this emoticon-inspired account makes sense, the true explanations are more likely rooted in history.
Because many people in the Middle Ages could not read or write, they would sign important documents with an “X,” which was both a simple mark to make and a reference to the Christian cross. The signee would then kiss the “X” to demonstrate his sincerity.
The origin of the “O” is more difficult. One theory suggests that Jewish immigrants used the symbol in place of a signature, similar to the way the “X” was used by Christians. And, of course there are more theories if you care to research them. But, no matter how this symbol of affection came to be there’s no denying its iconic appeal. So we created the Xs and Os Earrings. Here, gold-covered sterling silver is fashioned into polished “kisses” and textured “hugs.” This is jewelry she’ll love with a price you can wrap your arms around.