A couple’s wedding anniversary is a special time to mark all of the great things that have happened in the past year(s) of their marriage.
Just about everyone is aware of the practice of giving special gifts to mark a wedding anniversary. We don’t know exactly when the practice of giving a wedding anniversary gift began, but indications are that it was around the time of the Romans or sometime in Medieval Germany.
But these days the list is well set. We’ve broken down the traditional gift list for you and have some suggestions on the ways you can treat your spouse on your anniversary.
Love is in the air after the first year of marriage. After one year, you’re still probably feeling the euphoria of being newlyweds. Money is probably still tight, but a milestone like the first full year of marriage is something that should be celebrated properly. A simple gold necklace or bracelet is a great way to mark the occasion. For him, also consider gold cufflinks.
Your second year of marriage is nearly as important as your first. Garnet, a symbol of love, is the perfect way to show your better half how much you care. Garnet comes in a multitude of colors, but the first one that comes to mind for most people is a shade of dark red. These gems look great in all types of jewelry and will quickly become an heirloom piece.
Pearls can be given as earrings, pendants, or as a string necklace. For men, you can consider pieces inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
Blue topaz comes in many different shades, which complement everything from earrings to bracelets and rings.
Sapphires have long been prized by royalty, but you don’t need to pay a king’s ransom to own one for yourself. These gorgeous gems can be found in many different colors, but more often than not it’s blue. Sapphires are a durable gem that are perfect in jewelry that will be used daily. This anniversary gift can quickly become one that your partner wears forever.
Amethyst are available in a variety of colors and hues. These violet-shaded gems match nearly any style of jewelry, so you’re sure to find one to fit your partner’s personality.
Onyx is popular in men’s jewelry, so this is a great time to get something extra special for him. The bold, black color of this gem is great to pair with white metals.
This semi-precious gemstone comes in a rainbow of colors. Tourmaline looks great as earrings or as a necklace.
Lapis lazuli is a perfect choice for bracelets and charms.
The big One-Oh! This anniversary milestone calls for something special, like diamond jewelry. For her, consider adding an extra band to her engagement or wedding ring. A diamond ring is a good choice for him.
Turquoise is a modern choice and looks good when combined with silver or leather. Look for options in necklaces or bracelets.
Necklaces and earrings are great choices for a gift of jade. Rings are also a common choice for this green gem.
The warm tones of citrine are a great complement to sterling silver settings, though it looks great alongside any type of metal.
Opals often have a magical look about them, which makes them the excellent choice as a gift. These stones look great in earrings, as pendants, and as brooches.
Rubies are gorgeous gems that shine in combination with a variety of different metals. They also look great when paired with diamonds. You can find rubies in every type of jewelry available.
Emeralds are a popular gem for anniversaries. These elegant stones lend themselves to being placed in any style of jewelry. They’re sturdy enough for everyday wear, too, which adds to their popularity.
With the 25th anniversary being nicknamed the Silver Anniversary; a gift of actual silver is apropos.
Having spent a quarter of a century married to another person is worthy of celebrating with a gift as valuable as silver. It’s rare and brilliant nature is symbolic of the love you share with your spouse.
Natural pearls are created from a small speck which has matured over the course of many years. A pearl is a representation of something that has endured the test of time, much like your marriage.
We told you emerald was a popular choice for anniversary jewelry. These vibrant gems look great in earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces.
With their brilliant red color, rubies symbolize the love, passion, and fire (think the eternal flame of love) of a healthy marriage.
Sapphires are symbolic of wisdom, virtue, and faithfulness, all tenets necessary to help your marriage last for 45 years. These gems are a true testament to the longevity of the life you’ve built with your spouse.
The Golden Anniversary. What else could be the gift of choice for a half-century of marriage than gold itself? Gold symbolizes the prosperity, strength, and importance of a marriage that has lasted for the ages.
Alexandrite is the perfect gemstone to show the time and devotion that has gone into 55 years of marriage. As your marriage has changed and evolved through the years, so too does this color-changing gem. Alexandrite is a tough stone, which makes it ideal for rings.
It’s a rare feat for a couple to reach their 60th anniversary. To have gotten to this point your marriage must be unbreakable and a truly invincible bond. There’s no other way to celebrate such a commitment than with the hardest substance known to man: diamond. Let your love shine!
No matter what anniversary you’re celebrating, our customer experience professionals at Peter Franklin Jewelers can help you find the right gift for your significant other.
If you’re choosing to buck tradition, or if you’re at a major milestone, we have a wide selection of necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings to choose from to make your gift special.
Visit our three northeast Indiana locations in Angola, New Haven and Fort Wayne and ask our customer experience professionals for assistance.