WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

The giving of wedding anniversary gifts dates back many centuries. Over time, ideas of what is deemed symbolic and appropriate to celebrate with have changed. The Traditional list is the accepted list set forth by Emily Post, with the Modern list reflecting a more contemporary sensibility. The Anniversary Stones list evolved later as anniversary gifts gained popularity.

It can be very fun and challenging to come up with meaningful anniversary gifts that draw on more than one of these lists. For centuries, jewelry has been the most romantic way to express love and appreciation to your partner. Because estate jewelry is so unique and personal, it shows that care and thought was put into its selection. Try mixing things up, using one list to inspire another. Perhaps wrap a pair of pretty gold earrings in a beautiful handmade paper for a first anniversary, or present a sapphire ring in a wooden box for a fifth anniversary. The possibilities are endless!

ANNIVERSARY GIFTS BY YEAR

FIRST

TRADITIONAL

Paper: symbolizes the strength gathered from interwoven threads

MODERN

Clocks: reflecting the eternity of love

STONES

Gold Jewelry

SECOND

TRADITIONAL

Cotton: like any good relationship - both durable and versatile

MODERN

China: as elegant and beautiful as love

STONES

Garnet

THIRD

TRADITIONAL

Leather: as warm, strong and flexible as a good marriage

MODERN

Crystal: as dazzling as a strong marriage

STONES

Pearl

FOURTH

TRADITIONAL

Fruit or flowers: representing a blossoming partnership

MODERN

Appliances: we think jewelry is a better idea!

STONES

Blue Topaz

FIFTH

TRADITIONAL

Wood: symbolizing the strength and longevity of your marriage

MODERN

Silverware: a reminder of shared meals

STONES

Sapphire

SIXTH

TRADITIONAL

Sweets, Iron

MODERN

Wood

STONES

Amethyst

SEVENTH

TRADITIONAL

Wool, Copper: warmth and security, prosperity and good fortune

MODERN

Desk Sets

STONES

Onyx

EIGHTH

TRADITIONAL

Bronze

MODERN

Linens, Lace

STONES

Tourmaline

NINTH

TRADITIONAL

Pottery

MODERN

Leather

STONES

Lapi lazuli

TENTH

TRADITIONAL

Tin, Aluminum: symbolizes that the marriage is both flexible and durable

MODERN

Diamond Jewelry: both durable and beautiful

STONES

Diamond

Eleventh

TRADITIONAL

Steel

MODERN

Jewelry

STONES

Turquoise

Twelfth

TRADITIONAL

Silk, Linen

MODERN

Pearls

STONES

Jade

Thirteenth

TRADITIONAL

Lace

MODERN

Textiles, Fur

STONES

Citrine

Fourteenth

TRADITIONAL

Ivory

MODERN

Gold Jewelry

STONES

Opal

Fifteenth

TRADITIONAL

Crystal

MODERN

Watches

STONES

Ruby

Sixteenth

TRADITIONAL

...

MODERN

Silver Holloware

STONES

Peridot

Seventeenth

TRADITIONAL

...

MODERN

Furniture

STONES

Watch

Eighteenth

TRADITIONAL

...

MODERN

Porcelain

STONES

Cat’s-Eye Chrysoberyl

NINETEENTH

TRADITIONAL

...

MODERN

Bronze

STONES

Aquamarine

Twentieth

TRADITIONAL

China: symbolizes the beautiful and elegant love you have cultivated

MODERN

Platinum: strong and enduring

STONES

Emerald

TWENTY-FIFTH

TRADITIONAL

Silver: radiance

MODERN

Silver

STONES

Sterling Silver

THIRTIETH

TRADITIONAL

Pearl

MODERN

Diamond

STONES

Pearl

THIRTY-FIFTH

TRADITIONAL

Coral

MODERN

Jade

STONES

Emerald

FORTIETH

TRADITIONAL

Ruby: the inner flame and passion of a life-long love

MODERN

Ruby

STONES

Ruby

FORTY-FIFTH

TRADITIONAL

Sapphire

MODERN

Sapphire

STONES

Sapphire

FIFTIETH

TRADITIONAL

Gold: beautiful, strong, resistant to corrosion

MODERN

Gold

STONES

Gold

FIFTY-FIFTH

TRADITIONAL

Emerald

MODERN

Emerald

STONES

Alexandrite

SIXTIETH

TRADITIONAL

Yellow Diamond

MODERN

Diamond

STONES

Diamond

SIXTY-FIFTH

TRADITIONAL

Blue Sapphire

MODERN

Star Sapphire

STONES

Star Sapphire

SEVENTIETH

TRADITIONAL

...

MODERN

Platinum

STONES

Diamond

SEVENTY-FIFTH

TRADITIONAL

Diamond

MODERN

Diamond

STONES

Diamond