Anniversary

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Traditional Gifts for Major Wedding Anniversaries

First Wedding Anniversary:  Traditionally, the first wedding anniversary is commemorated with a gift of paper.  However, if you wish to give a special loved one a more precious gift, then gold jewellery or that containing the gemstone peridot is also appropriate.  

A diamond eternity band is another, especially exceptional, gift that may be given by husband to wife on the first wedding anniversary, or on the birth of the couple’s first child.  An eternity ring is a symbol of everlasting love, a love that can never be broken.  This type of ring is especially significant because a “full” eternity ring must be bought to fit and can never be resized.  This is because a “full” eternity ring is set with stones (typically diamonds) all around the shank of the ring, making it so the ring cannot be cut in order to alter its size.  The obvious symbolism of this gift is as a gift of eternal, unbroken and undisturbed love.  

Fifth Wedding Anniversary:  Traditionally, the theme of the fifth wedding anniversary is wood, which symbolizes a strong and long lasting marriage.  However, if you wish to give a more precious gift to a loved one, a piece of jewellery containing sapphires of any colour is appropriate.

Tenth Wedding Anniversary:  Traditionally, to commemorate the tenth wedding anniversary a gift of tin or aluminium is given, symbolizing the flexibility and malleability of a good relationship.  In modern times, a husband also gives a gift of diamond jewellery, most often a diamond eternity ring, to a wife.  A piece of jewellery containing a blue sapphire is also appropriate and symbolic on this special occasion.  

Fifteenth Wedding Anniversary:  Traditionally a gift of crystal is given to commemorate the fifteenth wedding anniversary. Alternatively, a modern choice is a watch or a ruby bracelet or eternity ring.  

Twentieth Wedding Anniversary:  Traditionally, the twentieth wedding anniversary is commemorated with fine china.  However, in the modern day, the appropriate gift may also be platinum or a piece of emerald jewellery.  

Twenty-Fifth Wedding Anniversary:  This very special wedding anniversary is commemorated with silver, representing the harmony that is undoubtedly necessary in order to maintain a strong marriage for 25 years.  The “silver” anniversary is one that has been celebrated since the middle ages in Germanic Europe, when a man placed a wreath of silver on his wife’s head on this special day.  In the modern day, the tradition of gifting silver has gone unchanged.  The twenty-fifth wedding anniversary is referred to as a “silver jubilee.”

Thirtieth Wedding Anniversary:  A gift of pearlis traditionally given for the thirtieth wedding anniversary, which is referred to as a “pearl jubilee.”  

Thirty-Fifth Wedding Anniversary:  To commemorate the thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, a gift of emeralds is a modern alternative to the traditional gifts of coral and jade.  All three gemstones are appropriate for this special occasion, but emeralds are most popular.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary:  Traditionally, a gift of rubies has been given for the fortieth wedding anniversary.  This has gone unchanged in the modern times, with ruby remaining the only gemstone or material that is appropriate on this special occasion, which is referred to as the “ruby jubilee.”
    
Forty-Fifth Wedding Anniversary:  A gift of sapphires is traditionally given for the forty-fifth wedding anniversary.  This has gone unchanged in the modern times, with sapphires of any colour remaining the appropriate choice.

Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary:  This very special “gold” wedding anniversary has been celebrated since the middle ages by making a gift of gold to the wife.  In the medieval times, a man would place on his wife’s head a wreath of gold on this special day.  

Fifty-Fifth Wedding Anniversary:  Traditionally, a gift of emeralds is given to commemorate the fifty-fifth wedding anniversary.  In the modern times, an alternative gift of alexandrite jewellery has also become appropriate on this special occasion.  

Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary:  This is the “diamond” anniversary!  A gift of diamonds has become appropriate for this very very special occasion after Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee on her 60th anniversary of accession to the throne in 1897.  Diamonds are also given on the seventy-fifth wedding anniversary.