In 1922, Emily Post published her first etiquette guide, which included a list of anniversary gifts for each year. Many of us are familiar with these traditional gifts, but did you know that there is also a gemstone or metal associated with each anniversary?
This list of anniversary jewelry has been endorsed by Jewelers of America and the The American Gem Trade Association. No matter how many years you’ve been married, a gift of jewelry is always a wonderful symbol of love and commitment.
First Anniversary: Gold
You’ve made it through your first year! This is a fantastic milestone in a couple’s life.
You’ve learned even more about each other and grown closer than you could imagine. It’s been a year filled with firsts; maybe you bought your first home together or adopted your first pet.
All of those big and small steps you’ve taken together deserve to be commemorated with first anniversary gifts that signify your continuing bond and love for each other.
A gift of gold jewelry is an excellent way to mark the occasion, as gold symbolizes eternity, perfection, unification and vitality. A his-and-her set of gold anniversary bands or elegant gold timepieces for him or her will make your first anniversary a day you’ll remember forever.
Fifth Anniversary: Sapphire
Five years probably flew by so fast!
By now you may have started a family, made a big move from the city to the suburbs, or taken on a great new job. While you may not be considered “newlyweds” anymore, your relationship has had time to grow and mature.
The gemstone associated with the fifth wedding anniversary is sapphire. Sapphires are usually thought of as blue gemstones, but actually come in nearly all colors. The sapphire is a symbol of loyalty and integrity. Sapphire pendants, earrings and rings all make wonderful and meaningful fifth anniversary gifts.
Tenth Anniversary: Diamond
Wow! A full decade of marital bliss is definitely something to be honored and celebrated. You’ve shown that your marriage is a strong one, and what better way to honor that than with the strongest, most durable of all gemstones, diamonds?
Diamonds symbolize long-lasting love and devotion. Their brilliant sparkle and shine will be an everlasting reminder of your love for each other, which has only intensified over the past ten years.
The tenth anniversary is a big one, and might have you thinking of making a grand gesture. Diamond jewelry certainly fits the bill. Some popular 10th anniversary gifts are: diamond stud earrings, a tennis bracelet, or stunning diamond pendant.
Twentieth Anniversary: Emerald
Twenty years and still going strong! That’s a major milestone that not all couples get to meet. Perhaps your children are teenagers now, getting ready to move on to college or adulthood. Your long-lasting marriage will be an inspiration to them as they begin romantic relationships of their own.
Emeralds are the gemstones associated with twentieth wedding anniversaries.
The emerald is a symbol of rebirth and is said to bring its owner good fortune, foresight and youth. Historically, emeralds have been linked with Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, making them a perfect gift to celebrate two decades of wedded bliss. Emerald rings, pendants or earrings would all make your 20th anniversary celebration even more memorable.
Fiftieth Anniversary: Gold
A marriage that lasts for 50 years is truly remarkable. By now, you likely have grandchildren who make you feel young again, and who inspire you to reflect back to when your marriage was new and you were raising your own small children.
Reflecting on the past makes this anniversary’s jewelry all the more poignant; just like your first anniversary, gold is also the metal associated with your 50th anniversary. The 50th is also known as the Golden Jubilee Anniversary.
Gold is such a meaningful symbol for a love that’s lasted as long as yours. Like your commitment to each other, gold is also strong and resistant to wear. Gold is also a symbol of success. Gifts of gold jewelry are the perfect representation of a couple’s accomplishment of maintaining their relationship as husband and wife for half a century! This is the time to go all out and surprise your better half with jewelry that will truly amaze them!