Anniversaries

While you love and honor your significant other every day, your wedding anniversary gives you a chance to show the love of your life just how much they mean to you. Jewelry is one way of celebrating another year of being married to your best friend. As each year of wedded bliss is symbolized by a different gemstone, you won’t run out of gift ideas to celebrate your love for each other. To be honest I have found a few variations on the theme but here are some ideas for you if your are searching for the perfect gift.

History of Wedding Anniversary Gifts:

Married couples have have been celebrating anniversaries since the middle ages. Traditionally, husbands presented their wives with gold or silver wreaths as symbols of harmony to mark the special event. By the twentieth century, a list of specific materials was designated for the major milestone anniversaries:

Fifth – Wood, Tenth – Tin, Fifteenth – Crystal, Twentieth – China, Twenty-fifth – Silver, Thirtieth – Pearl, Fortieth – Ruby, Fiftieth – Gold, Sixtieth – Diamond, and Seventieth- Platinum.

The American Gem Society, The Gemological Institute of America, The American Gem Trade Association, Jewelers of America, and the International Colored Gemstone Association took it a step further by compiling a list of gemstone jewelry for each anniversary year. Similar to the list of materials used to symbolize the marriage’s growing bond, the gemstones listed are based on the belief that the couple’s growing commitment to each other reflects their investment in the marriage. The list allows for each anniversary to be symbolized via a precious, unique gemstone to last a lifetime.

Anniversary Gemstone Gifts By Year:

  • 1 Year Anniversary Gemstone: The Mother of Pearl signifies faith and charity and is associated with protection and wealth.
  • 2 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Garnet attracts love and soul mates.
  • 3 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Moonstone brings good fortune and passion.
  • 4 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Blue Topaz is the stone of true love.
  • 5 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Rose Quartz provides sparkle in your marriage.
  • 6 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Amethyst is the stone of protection.
  • 7 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Onyx is good for general happiness and prosperity.
  • 8 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Tourmaline enhances tolerance and understanding.
  • 9 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Lapis Lazuli promotes harmony in relationships.
  • 10 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Crystal fosters patience and tranquility.
  • 11 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Turquoise protects from negative energy and brings good fortune.
  • 12 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Jade is used to draw love, prosperity, protection and healing.
  • 13 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Citrine will give joy and love to the owner.
  • 14 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Opal is the stone for faithful lovers.
  • 15 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Rhodolite builds up confidence and love.
  • 16 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Peridot is the symbol of undying love and admiration.
  • 17 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Carnelian gives your energy a boost and helps keeping a sense of humor.
  • 18 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Chrysoprase encourages hope and joy.
  • 19 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Aquamarine will protect against gossip.
  • 20 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Emerald is the sacred stone of the goddess Venus and is said to preserve love.
  • 21 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Iolite takes you on the journey of enlightenment and also helps with money and debt.
  • 22 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Blue Zircon stands for love, luck, happiness and prosperity.
  • 23 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Yellow Topaz draws love to its wearer.
  • 24 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Tanzanite promotes compassion and links your mind with your heart.
  • 25 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Tsavorite-encourages self awareness.
  • 30 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Pearl the symbol of purity and elegance.
  • 35 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Emerald brings good fortune and youth.
  • 40 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Ruby is filled with love and brings friendship and love.
  • 45 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Sapphire is the stone of loyalty and fidelity.
  • 50 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Gold promotes good health and success.
  • 55 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Alexandrite stimulates pleasure and love.
  • 60 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Diamond symbolizes everlasting love and strength.