Anniversary Guide

Tradition tells us that each wedding anniversary should be celebrated by giving your loved one a gift made from a different material. Paper symbolizes the first year of marriage, but with each passing year, the gifts become more precious or more rare. This progression is meant to symbolize the growth in a couple's relationship through the years.

The origins of the traditional list are not known, however some of the traditions are believed to date back to medieval times. Today, we accompany these traditions with a more modern list that not only offers greater variety, but in many cases, puts a higher value on earlier anniversaries. In addition, a list of jewelry and gemstone traditions offers recommendations for those who prefer to adorn their loved one with something truly precious each year.

 Year   Traditional Modern Jewelry / Gems
 1st   Paper Clocks Gold Jewelry
 2nd   Cotton China Garnet
 3rd   Leather Crystal / Glass Pearls
 4th   Linen / Silk Appliances Blue Topaz
 5th   Wood Silverware Sapphire
 6th   Iron Wood Amethyst
 7th   Wool / Copper Desk Sets Onyx
 8th   Bronze Linen / Lace Tourmaline
 9th   Pottery / China Leather Lapis
 10th   Tin / Aluminum Diamond Jewelry Diamonds
 11th   Steel Fashion Jewelry Turquoise
 12th   Silk Pearls Jade
 13th   Lace Textiles / Furs Citrine
 14th   Ivory Gold Jewelry Opal
 15th   Crystal Watches Ruby
 20th   China Platinum Peridot
 25th   Silver Sterling Silver Jubilee
 30th   Pearl Diamond Pearl Jubilee
 35th   Coral Jade Emerald
 40th   Ruby Ruby Ruby
45th   Sapphire Sapphire Sapphire
 50th   Gold Gold Golden Jubilee
 55th   Emerald Emerald Alexandrite
 60th   Diamond Diamond Diamond Jubilee