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Lots of our customers tell us they have an anniversary coming up and they ask what a good anniversary gift is. So we put together the official jewelry for each anniversary guide by year. A jewelry anniversary gifts by year full guide!
Many have heard of a silver anniversary or a gold anniversary marking big wedding anniversaries of 25 years and 50 years. Each year as a marriage and love grows we have put together the ultimate guide. This makes anniversary shopping not only easy, but fun as well.
1st Anniversary: Gold
The first year anniversary is a tribute to the honeymoon phase and all is right. Starting a life together is exciting and can be chaotic that's why a simple gift is a good one. A gold necklace or bracelet for him or her, maybe the start of a tradition with a charm bracelet is a good idea. Every couple is different yet here gold is always a staple and everlasting.
2nd Anniversary: Garnet
When most people think of garnet they think of a dark orangey purple color. Did you know garnets come in a whole host of different colors including yellow, green, and of coarse red. Garnet is a good choice because it’s a relatively hard stone, and can be used in any jewelry piece or design, including rings, earrings and pendants.
3rd Anniversary: Pearl
Pearls can be natural or cultured. Most pearls seen today are cultured pearls and because natural pearls are much more rare than cultured that makes them quite expensive. Both are created by implanting (either sand or pebble in natural, or bead nucleated in cultured) in a mollusk, such as an oyster. In natural pearls, it’s just luck if it turns into a pearl. With cultured, the pearl farmer inserts specifically to have the pearl grow. Pearls are available in many colors other than the classic white. There are shades of pink, blue, green, golden, gray and black. Each of which have overtone, orient, and luster variations. Pearl jewelry can be a matched strand, a pendant, earrings, or rings. A classic and staple in any collection whether for men or a lady. For a gentleman an inlay mother of pearl would suit finely.
4th Anniversary: Topaz
Topaz is found in many colors and shades, and blue topaz was originally the most rare. However, today heating turns colorless topaz different shades of blue. The treatment is permanent. Deeper blues, such as “London ” and “Swiss,” are caused by irradiation and heating, and the treatment is considered permanent and stable. Topaz also comes in a much more rare orangey pink color. Today this topaz is dramatically more expensive than the blue shades and is found in antique jewelry.
5th Anniversary: Sapphire
Sapphire can also be found in many colors. When most think of sapphire they think of the classic, blue. If blue’s not your color, you can also find white, orange, yellow, shades of pink, and violet, and purple. Even combination colors are possible both mixed together like the alluring Padparadscha sapphire (orange with pink tones) or parti colored sapphires (two distinct colors in one stone). Sapphires also can undergo treatments. No heat sapphires are the rarest and tend to command the highest prices. To get the perfect colors, often times a sapphire is heat treated or diffusion treated, and both are considered permanent these sapphires are generally more affordable options and still look great!
6th Anniversary: Amethyst
Amethyst comes in a host of shades of purples and even some almost pink colors. A durable stone it can be worn anywhere. Additionally should you feel that you'd like to give something different you could consider amethyst geodes as a gift. They warm a home or office with their amazing display of nature. Jewelry is not a bad gift as well.
7th anniversary: Onyx
Onyx is a hard, durable, stone making it ideal for all jewelry. Onyx comes in almost any form from carvings to cabochons it can be as diverse in design as it can be in style as onyx has been used in many eras of jewelry.
8th Anniversary: Tourmaline
Tourmaline is a great gemstones for so many reasons, one of our favorite reasons is the vast range in colors. Even if you and your partner have different favorites, you may be able to find them both in one gem called parti-colored, bi color, or watermelon in some cases. The watermelon tourmaline is a parti-colored gem, and gets its name from its mix of green and red, and well, resembles a watermelon slice.
9th Anniversary: Lapis Lazuli
Lapis, which can come in rich vivid blues to blue and white mottling is a particularly great stone for inlays. Often times in the Chinese practice of feng shui, masters use the natural and supernatural to balance positive and negative energies and lapis plays a key part in that for many.
10th Anniversary: Diamonds
Milestones like ten years of marriage deserve something special. That is where diamond jewelry comes in. Consider an upgrade to the diamond studs, a diamond riviera necklace, a tennis bracelet, or even an eternity band. For him maybe some diamond cufflinks, a diamond pinky ring, or even add some diamonds to his timepiece.
11th Anniversary: Turquoise
Turquoise can be found in green, greenish-blue, light blue, to a deeper blue. It can trace its roots back to ancient times yet can be found in jewelry crafted today. Maybe a bead strand is the right direction, or a simple ring. However you do it turquoise is sure to stand out.
12th Anniversary: Jade
Jade can be absolutely incredible in color and transparency. It can be found as cabochons and carvings making it diverse. Though it can be found in many colors, the most thought of color is green. White jade, lavender jade, black jade, yellow jade can all be found in the market.
13th Anniversary: Citrine
Ahh Citrine, a beautiful yellow to yellow-orange gem. It’s popular and affordable and lends itself well to any design, with literally any color of metal. Some citrine seems to glow in the sun particularly when paired with diamonds.
14th Anniversary: Opal
There’s a lot of variety in opal particularly in precious opal meaning with a rainbow play of color within the stone. Even in other opal like fire opal without play of color the vivid reds and orange colors can be unique in jewelry. Fine black opal is considered some of the most beautiful naturally found gems in the world.
15th Anniversary: Ruby
When you hit a milestone such as the 15th anniversary you have to consider the love and passion that got you there. Ruby does just the trick. Natural, No Heat rubies of vivid colors and saturations are some of the rarest stones in the world and the price does reflect that. That being said most rubies you’ll find today have been heat treated to improve their color and clarity. Heat treatment is permanent and stable making heated stones a great choice for an affordable piece of jewelry. The non heated option is great as well just be prepared to spend a bit to get a phenomenal stone.
16th Anniversary: Peridot
Peridot comes in various shades of green, but tends toward lighter, grassy greens. Larger size peridots are still considered rare. One great thing about peridot is often times its mined, cut, and set in jewelry right here in the United States.
17th Anniversary: Watch
There is no bad time in a marriage for a timepiece. The 17th anniversary is an occasion that can be marked with the gift of time. There are countless options when it comes to selecting a watch. Start with a budget or a design type and go from there. We are happy to assist.
18th Anniversary: Cat’s Eye
When cut in the rounded cabochon cut, several gemstones can bear a straight line caused by tiny inclusions that catch the light just right that creates the look of a cat’s eye, or in quartz, a tigers eye. These gems are called phenomenal gems because of their play on light. Interesting and curious a great 18th gift!
19th Anniversary: Aquamarine
As you enter the 19th year of marriage, consider that aquamarine has historically been a symbol of fidelity and hope. Aquamarine, or aqua as it is often phrased comes in very pale blues to greenish blues and deeper rich blues and greenish blues. Select the color you prefer!
20th Anniversary: Emerald
Emerald’s beautiful green lends itself to any type of jewelry! The 20th is a milestone worth gifting an emerald for. Emeralds are often treated with oils, paraffin or resins to fill fissures and improve clarity, and hardeners may be added to increase its toughness yet can be found with no oil. No oil or no treatment stones are rare and thus much more valuable.
21st Anniversary: Iolite
Iolite is a blue to violet-blue or greyish violet gemstone that’s often overshadowed by other gemstones stones. Because of this, it’s not as easy to find in contemporary jewelry. Its considered "natures doublet" because of its strong pleochroism. Ok we lost you. That means from one angle it will look violet, another grey, and another yellow. Its pretty amazing
22nd Anniversary: Spinel
Another gemstone that is not as well known is spinel which comes in a variety of colors and is durable and affordable. You’ll often see it in red, purple, blue and pink, though black spinel is a dramatic look, either as a center stone or as accents. Similar in color to some of the best rubies and sapphires spinel is a great, much more affordable option.
23rd Anniversary: Imperial Topaz
The name “imperial topaz” simply refers to topaz that can range from an orangey pink to a deep golden pink color often likened to cognac. Rare and hard to find, it matches the couples who make it to 23 years. Certainly worth celebrating.
24th Anniversary: Tanzanite
Discovered in the late 1960s, tanzanite is a purple or bluish purple gem, often with a purplish/violet tone. Almost all tanzanite in the world is heat-treated to improve the color, and the treatment is considered permanent. Finding non heated tanzanite would not likely happen as its color is greyish brown before heat.
25th Anniversary: The Silver Jubilee
The 25th is known as the silver jubilee. There’s so much available in sterling silver for both him and her, from jewelry to home accents, that splurging is the best idea. Flatware, table wear, silver frames, serving pieces, sterling candelabras, even toothpaste compressors are all options. Don't hold back. We carry mountains of sterling silver and haven't listed them on our website yet are happy to help!
30th Anniversary: The Pearl Jubilee
Just as the jubilee expresses, splurging on pearls is a way to show how love has grown over time. Since it’s also the gem for the third anniversary, now’s a perfect time to upgrade. A suite may be a great idea, larger, better, bigger. This is the time.
35th Anniversary: Emerald
An emerald is a classic gemstone. You'll find it twice on this an every other anniversary list for good reason. Selecting the right emerald is tricky and having one emerald is certainly not enough! Maybe its time acquire a complementary piece to the one purchased 15 years ago. Maybe its time for an upgrade.
40th Anniversary: Ruby
Ruby is also the gem for the fifteenth. That gorgeous red that expresses the essence of love. This is the time to splurge on an amazing ruby or suite of rubies.
45th Anniversary: Sapphire
Sapphire is on the list twice for good reason. If you got the classic blue sapphire early on then consider a piece in one of the other colors of sapphire. Consider a golden sapphire, peacock, or green sapphire, maybe a pink sapphire! Now is the time to do it right!
50th Anniversary: Golden Jubilee
This is the time to gift heavy gold pieces. A suite, is always a good idea and can complete an ensemble in one swoop. We have plenty of complimentary pieces.
55th Anniversary: Alexandrite
After 55 years, you should be treating each other like royalty and this is the gemstones of the czar's! Alexandrite’s most striking feature is its ability to change color. Alexandrite changes from a purplish-Red in incandescent light, and under fluorescent light it changes to a teal or bluish- Green. They say emerald by day and ruby by night.
60th Anniversary: Diamond
At the 60th your love and commitment to each other can never be doubted. It might be time for someone else — perhaps your kids or grandkids — to show their love and pride with a gift of diamond jewelry. Celebrate with style, you’ve earned it.
70th anniversary: platinum jubilee
The 70th anniversary is the platinum jubilee. Platinum is a hard and rare white metal that was largely unavailable at the time anyone celebrating a 70th anniversary got married. Maybe a bracelet or necklace would be the perfect way to commemorate the occasion.
75th anniversary: sapphire
The 75th anniversary is the sapphire jubilee, so celebrate with a sapphire bracelet or ring in many colors, representing the variety of adventures you have experienced together in life.
80th anniversary: ruby
The 80th anniversary is the ruby jubilee. If she doesn’t have a ruby ring or pin by now, this is the perfect time to give her one!